sábado, 7 de febrero de 2015

February 7: Today is the anniversary of the arrival of The Beatles to John F. Kennedy airport in New York in 1964.

The Beatles arrive at JFK airport in New York from London for their first tour of the United States.

The Beatles arrived in New York from London on a Pan Am plane, February 7, 1964, where they found what they did not imagine: "Beatlmania". More than three thousand teenagers were to receive them with hysterical screams and pressures that had to reinforce police officers to contain peat. One of the most "iconic" moments in the history of Rock 'n Roll.

The Beatles at Kennedy International Airport in New York, 1964

On February 7th 1964, The Beatles flew from London to New York City for a ten day American visit. Unprecedented hysteria filled John F. Kennedy Airport, the Plaza Hotel, and the streets of New York City, surrounding the Beatles' every move.. The Beatles found something they would not imagine: “Beatlemania”!

                   Unprecedented hysteria filled John F. Kennedy Airport

It was the first visit by The Beatles to America. At the airport John F. Kennedy gave the first press conference where Ringo said "Beethoven wrote good poems". Two days later, they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on TV. The most important television program of entertainment in the United States of America.

On February 7th, 1964 The Beatles were met by over 5,000 screaming fans as they arrived at New York's JFK airport.

"I Want to Hold Your Hand", was the first song on winning first place in the American musical range. That single song sold one-and-a-half million copies in under three weeks. John Lennon and Ringo Starr, were 23 years old; Paul McCartney 21, and George Harrison with 20, were invited to participate in the most important American television show: the Ed Sullivan Show, two days later.

Paul (left), Ringo, George, and John at press conference in JFK Airport

The shouting at the TV studio did not allow to hear the presentation of the "four furry Liverpool". The Ed Sullivan Show had an audience of more than 75 million Americans in 1964. That is, 40% of the population. The program was repeated for two more presentations due to massive request.

The Beatles , from left, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr on drums, George Harrison and John Lennon,
perform on the CBS “Ed Sullivan Show”

Journalists began to talk about "Beatlemania" but also as the beginning of the "British Invasion" or "English Wave" because then came the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, The Herman's Hermits ...