Somebody learned their lessons well. The Beatles captured the perfect simplicity of the two-minute pop song. Is it a coincidence that they chose for their first single a near word-for-word homage to Buddy Holly’s first single? I somehow think not. They studied hard and learned a lot. You can’t accuse them of being copycats, despite similarities; they’d achieved the level of mastery where every inspiring idea is returned so fresh and renewed it’s as though they simply invented it out of thin air.