It was 46 years ago today that The Beatles compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll was released. This album is significant to me because it was my introduction to The Beatles. That fall I met my friend Andy and he was a Beatles fan and his talking of them got me interested. Up to that point I wasn’t an avid music listener. That fall after a couple months of hearing about how great The Beatles were- I was at a now defunct department store called The Big Wheel and in looking in their record department they had one Beatles album- this one which was the newest Beatles release. I honestly had no idea what I was really looking for in the first place and I bought this. I liked the music but it wasn’t until I dug deeper into The Beatles [the next two albums I bought were the best of- 1962-66 [Red album} and 1967-70 [blue album} compilations and then I realized how inadequate the Rock “N” Roll collection was. In looking over the songs on the double album I see why it was so lacking- there were a dozen covers. On the Red and Blue albums it was all Beatles written songs- which even to my inexperienced ears sounded immediately great. Then I began buying the individual albums–and the Rock “N” Roll album of course stayed in my collection but hasn’t been played all that often over the years. Note- one of the worst album covers ever. The album did go to #2 on the albums chart in 1976. It was my introduction.