Saturday, October 15, 2005


In another poll - this one to celebrate 100 years of Variety magazine - The Beatles have been named "the most important entertainers of the last 100 years." Using a special series of criteria and expert brains, the magazine came up with the decision, although Elvis Presley is reported to be considering an appeal to the supreme court.

In related news, John Lennon has come second to the Clever Leopard who used to advertise Granada TV rentals in the poll to discover the most bemusing dead mammal of the last 37 years.


- kat - said...

I would agree to that statement...although John Lennon himself did say, and I quote:

"Before Elvis, there was nothing..."

However, they did more for music and records than any other group, and they are ranked first (along with the Bee Gees) in my books.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Well, Lennon, of course, was wrong there, too: before Elvis there were all the artists who inpsired him.

I do think you could perhaps argue the Beatles are the most significant band of the last 100 years (they're not, but you could argue it), but entertainers?

Johnny Carson, Groucho Marx, Alfred Hitchcock... and that's just off the top of my head

Anonymous said...

Did groucho marx ever do the Royal Variety Show - now there's yer benchmark or entertainability

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Ah, anonymous, I'm minded to point you in the direction of The Goodies episode where they produced the Royal Command Performance, artifically keeping the Royal Box awake with buckets of cold water:

- It was the best one they've ever seen
- It was the only one they've ever seen...

If Lennon was such a great entertainer, how come he was never on Blankety Blank, eh?

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