Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
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The Beatles: A look back at their U.S. debut

Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles arrive at New York’s Kennedy Airport on Feb. 7, 1964, for their first U.S. appearance. From left are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Over the next two weeks, the Beatles stormed America, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” three times (the first two live and the third on tape) and playing concerts in front of thousands of fervid fans. By the time they flew home, the Fab Four was the most famous band in the world, and the nature of celebrity had changed forever.  (Associated Press)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
Paul McCartney, left, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon appear at their first American press conference, Feb. 7, 1964. (Dezo Hoffman / ABC )
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
A young, passionate fan reaches for the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr in Indianapolis during the band’s first U.S. tour, in 1964.  (AP Wide World)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles face the media at Idlewile Airport (now JFK) in New York on Feb. 7, 1964, after a welcoming by a screaming crowd estimated at 5,000 people.  (Charles Tasnadi / Associated Press )
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles, in a photo to promote their first visit on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”  (CBS Television Network)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
Longtime CBS mainstay Ed Sullivan rehearses his Sunday night television variety show with the Beatles in their first appearance in the United States, Feb. 9, 1964. (Edward T. Adams / Associated Press )
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles and Ed Sullivan.  (CBS)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles with television host Ed Sullivan. The Beatles’ first appearance on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show” is coming up on its 50-year anniversary on Feb. 9. To celebrate, CBS will air “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” at 8 p.m. PST. (Copyright Apple Corp. Ltd., )
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles perform on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.  (Associated Press)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
A frame-grab from the DVD “The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring The Beatles” displays a title card over John Lennon reading “Sorry girls, he’s married.” Lennon was the only married Beatle at that time.  (SOFA Entertainment Inc.)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles conclude their historic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964. (CBS)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
Ed Sullivan holds Paul McCartney’s bass guitar during a rehearsal. At left is the group’s manager, Brian Epstein. (Apple Corps LTD., ABC)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Aug. 28, 1964, issue of Life magazine features a portrait of British pop group The Beatles accompanied by the headline “The Beatles: They’re here again and what a ruckus!”  (John Loengard / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
15-year-old Paul McCartney, standing left, makes his debut public performance with the Quarrymen on Oct. 14, 1957, with, from left, Colin Hanton (drummer), Len Garry (standup bass), John Lennon (guitar) and Eric Griffiths (guitar). The band took its name from Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool. (EPA/STF)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
Women watch the Beatles perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. (Kaye Peter / ABC )
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles during their first U.S. tour, in 1964.  (Associated Press)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
A pair of colorful tickets to a Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl provide a reminder of the times in the 1960s.  (Los Angeles Times)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show” from the Deauville Hotel in Miami, their second appearance on Sullivan’s show, Feb. 16, 1964. (COPYRIGHT APPLE CORPS LTD.)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
Ringo Starr rocks out at the Washington Coliseum during the band’s first live U.S. concert, Feb. 11, 1964. (Dezo Hoffman)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles pose at their press conference before their penultimate live performance, at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 28, 1966.  (Earl Leaf / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles play at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 28, 1966. (File photo )
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles relax on the lawn of their rented Bel-Air mansion in August 1964. (Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles are all smiles in a 1963 photo. (CBS Television Network)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles broke through the U.K. music charts in 1962 with their debut single, “Love Me Do,” and were to change the course of pop music and fashion for years to come as Beatlemania gripped the world. (AFP)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
Beatles figurines, part of Chris Ridges’ collection of Beatle Memorabilia. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
A Beatles button, part of Chris Ridges’ collection of Beatle memorabilia. (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
Beatlemania strikes the U.S.
The Beatles pose with an American flag in a Paris photo studio before their first visit to the United States, in January 1964.  (Associated Press / Copyright Applecorps Ltd.)
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