It is my unsolicited testimonial that “Gloria”, written and sung by Van Morrison as the leader of the band Them in 1964, is a better little rocker than any of the Beatles’ little rockers. But don’t just take my word for it—ask Patti Smith.
That said, one must then give it serious consideration when Morrison is quoted in the March 9, 2009 issue of The New Yorker (Drive-By Dept. - “Listening Party”) as saying:
THE BEATLES WERE PERIPHERAL.
Hari Krishna, Batman! Revisionism? Or the truth at last?