When the "fab four" landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 7, 1964, two days before their performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” little did they know, before their plane touched American soil, the first shrieks of Beatlemania were already sweeping across the nation.
With rag mop hairdos and guitars, thousands of delirious teen-aged girls chanted “we want beatniks,” the fab four were shocked into momentary immobility as they left the plane to face the American mob.
With just enough recovery time, they were able to wave, smile and dance a jig for their gasping audience.
With their own string and percussion instruments, plugged in behind a curtain, they exchanged relaxed, easy grins, as Ed Sullivan wandered onstage.
Camera crews loaded shots of the audience of young girls screaming, leaping from their seats and throwing their arms in the air.
That evening, during the performance, they sang in perfect harmony, stomped their feet with their electric guitars and swooned the ladies in their tight black suits and long hair.
Everyone wanted to have a look at the source of all the chaos.
The audience in the living rooms may have been split down the middle, but the makeup at the studio belonged to the Beatles.
The phenomenon unfolded in living rooms across the country, the viewing audience estimated 74 million people, reflecting a total of 23.24 million homes.
The group continues to be celebrated for its cultural impact and innovation.John, Paul, Ringo and George are credited with shifting pop music from buoyant schoolboy love songs to world anthems of peace and community.
SurfKY News Reporter
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