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The Beatles Arrive in the USA

7 February 1964

The Beatles in the USA

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    The world's most celebrated pop group formed in Liverpool in 1960. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr created innovative and audacious chart-topping singles and albums. As society and culture transformed through the 1960s, the Beatles' music and image progressed too: from fresh-faced, sharp-suited boy band playing rock and roll to audiences of screaming teenage girls, to long-haired hippies experimenting in the recording studio with psychedelic pop, preaching messages of love and peace.

     

    Their songs managed to appeal to parents and grandparents as well as the newly empowered teens and twenty-somethings speaking out for a new world order. Though the Beatles disbanded in 1970, their albums remain best-sellers.

     

    On 7 February 1964, the Beatles arrived at John F Kennedy airport in New York, greeted by thousands of screaming fans. This Daily Mirror article documents Beatlemania crossing the Atlantic, as the band dubbed the Fab Four arrived to play their first concerts in America.

     

    Image Copyright: John Frost Newspaper Archive.

    Shelfmark: British Library Newspaper Archive.

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