On This Day in History, The Beatles' Invasion Began


| LAST UPDATE 02/07/2022

By Hayden Katz
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On February 7th, 1964, the Beatles' flight landed in New York, marking their first of many trips to America. In true Beatles style, the 4 British artists were rocking their signature bowl haircuts, as they walked out of JFK airport. There, they were met with nearly 3,000 fans waiting to cheer them on. Their popularity had grown just 6 days prior when their song I Want to Hold Your Hand, became their first No.1 charting track in America. This trip soon became known as an iconic moment in history.

They started off as guests on the Ed Sullivan Show, where they performed for hundreds of teenage girls in the crowd and for nearly 73 million U.S. television viewers, which equaled 40% of the population! It's without a doubt that the Beatles were adored by many. On February 11th, they performed again, but this time it was their first public concert at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C. The tour continued with back-back shows at New York Carnegie Hall. After a successful trip, the British rock band made their way back to England.

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But their popularity just continued to expand. More and more of America's teenagers became fans of the Beatles' high spirited music - especially since they represented the movement the youth were making between the 1950s to the 1960s. By the time April rolled around that same year, the group had managed to have 5 different tracks charting on the list of US best-selling songs simultaneously! Fans were eager for their return to the states, and luckily they only had to wait till August. After the success of their movie, A Hard Day’s Night, a second American tour was set in motion.

Unfortunately, it would be their final one because the 4 boys made a decision to focus all their musical efforts on new innovative studio albums - including Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, which eventually became known as one of their "masterpieces." Despite their small change, youngsters continued to remain massive fans through major cultural switches in the 1960s. Their success never halted, that was until they sadly announced they were parting ways. And in the 1970's, the Beatles were officially broken up after 18 albums and 30 Top 10 U.S singles. Luckily the stars went on to provide fans with music through their solo careers, and their infamy lives on to this day...

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