How The Beatles Trampled a Singing Nun on Their Way to the Top

Sister Smile, a.k.a. the Singing Nun, held the top spot on the charts prior to the Fab Four's explosion onto the American music scene.

Editor's note: Since Oct. 6, 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' debut album Love Me Do), we've been on a half-century celebration cycle in which we are scheduled to relive every Beatles innovation, every release of the Beatles' landmark career in real time, right until the inevitable 50th anniversary of their breakup in 2020. But what other long-forgotten anniversaries are being overshadowed by the Fab Four (Again?) To answer that question, we present this series: The 50th Anniversary of Something Else.

Fifty years and three months after their arrival on these shores, we were still being sovereignly ruled over in the pop charts by the Beatles, a domination so across-the-board that it may be impossible to understand by today's music-devaluing standards. Generations X, Y, and Z only have to look at Donald Sterling's racist monopolization of our news cycle to find a comparable blackout (no pun intended) of other concurrent events.

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