Beatles top Variety 100-year entertainment poll

LOS ANGELES – The Beatles were singled out Friday as the most influential entertainers of the past 100 years, beating out the likes of Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse, according to a survey conducted by show business newspaper Variety.

Behind the Fab Four’s first-place finish, were in alphabetical order: jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong, television comedienne Lucille Ball, movie legends Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, cartoon hero Mickey Mouse and singers Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Variety said the Beatles were named “Icons of the Century” because they were the entertainment personalities who made the biggest impact on the industry and the world in the past 100 years.”

I’d give you a link to the entire list, but I can’t find it. If you see it leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to the story.

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  1. Jack's Shack October 17, 2005 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t know. My world has been Helter-Skelter since the auto accident.

  2. Jack's Shack October 17, 2005 at 1:15 am

    I’d comment on this, but since I cannot find the list I am not sure whether I agree or disagree.

  3. cruisin-mom October 16, 2005 at 11:16 pm

    Absolutely true…from clothing, to hair styles, to personality, and of course, amazing music (that still holds up 40 years later)!

  4. Stacey October 16, 2005 at 7:59 pm

    They would be my pick, too. I love the Beatles!!

  5. rabbi neil fleischmann October 16, 2005 at 7:30 pm

    Oh yes. I love them do.

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