Letter: Beatle basher

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The Independent Online
IT WAS the suppression of rock'n'roll by the US establishment after the Payola scandals of the late Fifties - coinciding with the drafting of Elvis Presley, the imprisonment of Chuck Berry, the fall from grace of Jerry Lee Lewis, the Buddy Holly plane disaster, the fatal Eddie Cochran car crash and the call by God of Little Richard - that opened the doors for the likes of Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson ("Revealed: what all the fuss is about", 19 November). The advent of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, with their passable imitations of the real thing, merely closed them again.

John Gibbs

Bath, Avon