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In pictures: Beatles storm US in 1964
Pictures from the Beatles' legendary US trip in 1964, which sparked global Beatlemania. The band left London not knowing what to expect.
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The Beatles' legendary US trip in 1964 sparked global Beatlemania. The band left London not knowing what to expect.
 The Fab Four touched down in New York on 7 February 1964. The pilot had radioed ahead and told the band that thousands of fans were awaiting them.
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The Fab Four touched down in New York on 7 February 1964. The pilot had radioed ahead and told the band that thousands of fans were awaiting them.
At an impromptu press conference the Beatles were asked if they could really sing or if they were
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At an impromptu press conference the Beatles were asked if they could really sing or if they were "nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presleys".
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"Are you for real?" The Beatles were asked as they hit the US. Their fans certainly thought so.
The band wave at fans from their Plaza hotel window off Central Park.
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The band are credited with lifting the US out of a depression following Kennedy's assassination.
More than 73 million people watched the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February.
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More than 73 million people watched the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand was a number one single in the US backed by a $50,000 campaign.
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I Wanna Hold Your Hand was a number one single in the US backed by a $50,000 campaign.
Ed Sullivan booked the band when he saw crowds greeting the band's return from Sweden to Heathrow, London, in October 1963.
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Ed Sullivan booked the band when he saw crowds greeting the band's return from Sweden to Heathrow, London, in October 1963.
The Beatles' two-week tour, including this concert in Dallas,  changed the face of US music forever and heralded a British music invasion.
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The Beatles' two-week tour, including this concert in Dallas, changed the face of US music forever and heralded a British music invasion.
A brief stop over in Los Angeles caused pandemonium....
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A brief stop over in Los Angeles caused pandemonium...
... and at concerts the screaming and hysteria of the fans became so common place it eventually led to the band stopping perfuming.
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... and at concerts the screaming and hysteria of the fans became so commonplace the band eventually stopped performing.





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