The nation went crazy for the "new sound." However, local music expert Walt Michael said that was a misnomer. Although the Beatles had undeniable star power, he said the sound itself was not new. It was African-American music reprocessed in the U.K. before coming back to where it began, said Michael, who is executive director of Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster.
"Not to take away from them as artists," said Michael - the group had its own sound, but it became much more interesting as it evolved over the years. He pointed out how the group's music changed from the album released just before the band's Sullivan appearance, "With The Beatles," to "Rubber Soul" in 1965 to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in 1967.
The influence of the "Fifth Beatle," George Martin, was also a big part of the group's success, Michael said. The classically trained and gifted musician worked in the studio on almost everything the Beatles released, he said.