Which band is the greatest Rock ‘n Roll ban of all time? Interesting question, huh? At some time, I should do a survey on that. But, for now, I would say at least one of the bands to be considered would be the Beatles. Many people know that the first appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show was in 1964.
I think many people would assume that the Beatles were a new band and hit it big on the Ed Sullivan show. But, the truth of the matter is that the Beatles first started playing together in 1957, seven years before they came to America.
In 1960, they were invited to play in Hamburg, Germany and actually played there five times between 1960 and the end of 1962. In total, they played in Hamburg, 270 nights in just over a year and a half.
From 1957 to 1964, they played an estimated 1200 times.
“They were no good onstage when they went there (Hamburg) and they were very good when they came back,” Philip Norman said. “They learned not only stamina. They had to learn an enormous amount of numbers-cover versions of everything you can think of, not just rock and roll, a bit of jazz too. They weren’t disciplined onstage at all before that. But when they came back, they sounded like no one else. It was the making of them.” (excerpt taken from “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell).
Interesting, huh! When the Beatles came to New York for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show, in actuality, they were really veterans by then. They had already worked extremely hard to be good. They had already put the necessary preparation time in to be ready for their moment of opportunity.
How about you? What is your passion and how much effort are you willing to put in to be your best?
How willing are you to sacrifice to be your best?
What is it that you love to do so much that even if they didn’t pay you, you would still do?
Lastly, if and when the opportunity presents itself in your future that you have always dreamed of, have you put in the hard work of preparation to be your best “in your moment” or will you have regrets?