There are few moments in music history that are as important as the arrival of The Beatles in NYC on February 7th 1964 – “Beatlemania” had finally hit the States and music in this region would be forever changed as result. The Fab Four of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had already been making their mark in England for a few years now (remember they had formed in 1960) and their sound was something so exciting to our nations musical ears that this visit was without a doubt one of the most anticipated events of its time.
This first US visit had a bunch of events for the band to attend to and one of the biggest parts of their arrival was to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show two times. The first appearance on the show would take place two nights after they arrived and according to historical note, the bands appearance on this television program was seen by approximately 73 million viewers in over 23 million households which you can imagine was unheard of at this time. Imagine this was to happen today with all the millions of mobile devices in peoples hands. Staggering to consider. The band would also play in Washington for their first ever stateside concert and pay a visit to Florida as well. There would be two concerts in NYC at Carnegie Hall before they headed back home on the 22nd of the month. These fifteen days left our country in a frenzy but lucky for the fans of the time The Beatles would return two more times in the years ahead.
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