Back in 1964, this was an important week for The Beatles.
On February 7, they arrived in the New York for the first time, full of doubt about America’s potential reaction to them. February 9 was the first of three appearances on the Ed Sullivan show that cemented their popularity with the American public.
What followed was a revolution that none of them could have predicted, not just the onset of international Beatlemania, but also the start of the widespread musical and cultural ‘British Invasion’ of the United States.
The US press looked down at the Beatles, believing them to be simply copycats of the Memphis music scene that had been going strong for years. To a certain extent, the Beatles themselves reflected this belief, having idolised Elvis Presley from the off, and were unsure that they had anything to offer the American public (who also made fun of their haircuts).
But with the release of I Want to Hold Your Hand in mid January, sparked by a single radio request from a 15 year old girl to play The Beatles that escalated across the country, their U.S. fanbase grew. One millions copies sold within ten days, and so when the Beatles arrived in New York, they had a throng of four thousand fans waiting for them.