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Pat McMahon


Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform at The Night that Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Zach Cordner/Invision/AP)

Well, it's Feb. 3 and the big game is over. It had a huge audience Sunday, including me, but in 50 years how much will be remembered?

For days now, leading up to next Sunday's half-century special on CBS, we have been reminded about the unparalleled impact of the most influential pop culture phenomenon of our time, The Beatles.

You want to argue that? Ask people who were part of the 1960s and they can still sing their songs. And so can their grandchildren. Sure, some of it was the hair, the fashion, the irreverent personalities and Liverpool. But the Beatles' legacy that I really believe will last as long as Mozart and Gershwin is the songs.

Where did they come from? Music with sophisticated, complex structure and lyrics that couldn't possibly have been created by four young guys with virtually no serious music training. I got to see them in concert at Dodger Stadium, and I'm still such a fan that I named my guest bathroom "The Lennon John."

Sure, Bruno Mars was great Sunday at halftime, but in a century, on the Planet Mars, someone will be playing the "Sgt. Pepper" album.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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