Saturday, February 7, 2015

1964 - Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour

February 7, 1964

On February 7, 1964, five thousand fans, mostly young girls, were crowded onto the upper balcony of the Kennedy airport arrivals building, waving placards and banners to welcome the Beatles. A further 200 reporters, photographers and cameramen from radio, television and the press were also clamoring for The Beatles' attention. Beatlemania had begun. The Beatles were in New York to make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles had just scored their first major hit in the United States with I Want to Hold Your Hand, but their American reception still shocked the band. Seltaeb, The Beatles' US merchandising organization had promised that every person who turned up at the airport would be given a dollar bill and a t-shirt.

Beatles Arrive at JFK Airport   Newsreel


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