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The day Pink Floyd met The Beatles

The day Pink Floyd met The Beatles

The day Pink Floyd met The Beatles
February 22
12:01 2021

One would be hard-pressed to find two bands that were so different yet so similar to each other as The Beatles and Pink Floyd were. Two monumental acts in British music; both changed the face of rock n’ roll as we know it today. The paths they took, however, diverged in significant ways.

The Beatles, whose music began appearing on radio stations as early as 1962, began as a skiffle band, while Pink Floyd’s early days led by art-student Syd Barrett wouldn’t appear until later in the decade. Even then, The Beatles’ influence was felt in an impactful way. When The Beatles broke America and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, every musician who watched their performance on the program were affected so deeply that it set into motion many careers.

While the two bands are considerably different; as was the case with many bands at the time, as rock n’ roll was young, the members of both bands started with similar roots. Roger Waters spoke on The Beatles’ influence on Floyd, largely citing the same inspirations as the Fab Four: “I feel as if I learned my lessons from early blues legends Huddie Ledbetter and Bessie Smith and I listened to a lot of jazz and Woody Guthrie. I learned a lot from all of that protest music, when I was a very young teenager.”

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