The British Are Coming!

By: sonofabeach96

Feb 09 2016

Category: Uncategorized

27 Comments

On this date, in 1964, the initial wave of the British Invasion began with a bang.  This is the day American TV audience’s were introduced to the Beatles, as they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

The Fab Four left London on February 7, 1964 and their traveling party included a slew of photographers and journalists…and the now-notorious Phil Spector.  Upon landing in New York at the recently re-named JFK airport, they were greeted by an estimated 4,000 screaming fans.

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Once on the ground, the band had a press conference and photo shoot before being whisked away to the Plaza Hotel.  George Harrison was a bit under the weather and Neil Aspinall, the bands personal assistant, sat in on guitar during rehearsals the next day in prep for the Ed Sullivan appearance.

The beginning of American Beatlemania would commence on the night of February 9, 1964.  An estimated 73 million viewers tuned in that night, setting a record for most-watched TV program in the US at the time.

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Their first US concert took place 2 days later at the Washington Coliseum in DC in front of 8,000 fans, before a second appearance in New York, this time at Carnegie Hall.  The next concert took place in Miami, and on February 16, they made a second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, via remote feed from the Napoleon Ballroom of the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach.

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This concluded their stay in the US for that time.  They would return for a full-fledged tour in August of ’64 for 30 shows in 23 cities.  By this time, Beatlemania and the full force of The British Invasion were being felt, with 1/3 of the Billboard Top Ten being held by British acts.

The Beatles returned to the US for a tour in 1965, culminating in their famous appearance at Shea Stadium in New York:

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They came back to America in August of ’66 amid the public relations firestorm created by John Lennon’s comments from March 4, 1966:

“Christianity will go,” Lennon said.  “It will vanish and shrink.  I needn’t argue about that.  I’m right, and I’ll be proved right.  We’re more popular than Jesus now.  I don’t know which will go first, rock’n’roll or Christianity.  Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.  It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

The ’66 tour would turn out to be the final commercial tour for the band, and they would break up amid songwriting pissing matches, creative independence, and Yoko Ono four years later in 1970.

My songs of the day are the playlist from their first appearance on the show:

“All My Loving”

“‘Til There Was You”

“She Loves You”

“I Saw Her Standing There”

“She Loves You”

 

27 comments on “The British Are Coming!”

  1. The good old Beatles doing us Brits proud. What an iconic group they were.

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  2. Great history of that moment in time. Everyone on these shores had to step their game up when the Beatles arrived.

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  3. I know it is a later tune from their catalog but “As My Guitar Gently Weeps” is my favorite Beatles song.

    You are so knowledgeable about music. I am curious what your favorite musical act is and favorite song? If you don’t have one of each, list a few.

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  4. I bought the Beatles 1 CD and love to have the kids rocking out to it. I’m not a huge Beatles fan since it was before my time but I appreciate their music and influence on pop culture. It’s such fun music, anyone really can enjoy it.

    Saw the Beatles Love Cirque show in Vegas a few years ago and loved it!

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  5. Great Lennon quote at the end.

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  6. I can only imagine what it would be like to be living in that era. All the screaming fans, concert tours, the girls losing their ever living minds that drowned out Paul’s singing. And the paparazzi wasn’t half as crazed as they are now. Thank you for history lesson awesome post. 😃

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  7. John Lennon sure said it right about them disciple twisting it all up and ruining it!

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