Americans have a special reason to commemorate today. Each Beatle adored the range and intensity of American music — from blues and country to girl groups and early Motown. They especially worshiped the pioneers of rock and roll. For them Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Carole King, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly and The Crickets were epiphanies. In pre-fame days, The Beatles were a live juke-box of recent American music.