America Invaded By The British Pop Group
Born in 1948, I was 16 when the Beatles invaded the United States. I was living in Bergen County, New Jersey a mere 45 minutes from New York City where the Beatles were to land. I so very much wanted to be part of the welcoming group, that was so hoping to catch a glimpse of the newest and trendiest band. No matter of pleading would change my parents mind on that subject. It would have meant taking a day off from school and the crowds were estimated to be very crazy. So I had to be content to watch on T.V. Ed Sullivan's Show to see the Fab Four.
February 7th, 1964 was the day that the Beatles invaded the USA and the teen pop culture would forever be changed for me and thousands of others my age.
The Mood Of America In 1964
How The Beatles Lifted A Sad Country
A mere 77 days before the Beatles arrived, John F Kennedy, our beloved American president had just been assassinated. There was so much sadness, confusion and fright in the country. America, which had undergone a huge tragedy was try to move on.
Many of us as teens had been drawn into Politics by the young president from Massachusetts and his delightful family. When the turmoil of the passing of our hero happened, we didn't understand how anyone could do something so horrific. We watched the funeral for days on TV and tried to digest the whole mess.
The arrival of the Beatles provided a diversion that we, as young people sorely needed. Their music, charisma and joy gave us something new to help get back to moving forward with our lives
The Beatlemania Craze - How It Really Was !
Surprising as it might be in the 1960's, we were still dealing with black and white TV. The pictures were not that clear by todays standards, but we were very happy to be part of the scene, even though we were not at the location,
Beatlemania Craze of 1964
Beatles First TV Appearence In The USA
How I Remember Seeing The Fab Four
There are many stories how Ed Sullivan actually signed the Beatles for his show. But by the time of the appearance, I can tell you that Beatlemania had hot an all time frenzy. Over 50, 000 requests came in for tickets in a theater that would only hold 700 ! Over 40% of the American viewing audience tuned in that night. I always felt bad for the other acts on the show, because, honestly we were only there to see our Beatles.
They came on and I was totally, mesmerized by them. Their first song was , " All My Loving". I think half of the female American teens fell in love that night. When Paul McCartney sang, "Till There Was You," I found the man of my teen years. I could have and did listen to his tunes for hours after that. "She loves you" was the last song of their first set. All we could do was wait for them to come .back later in the show. "I Saw Her standing There" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" finished off the excitement of that broadcast.
They did three more Sullivan shows. The Beatles performed 20 songs-7 of which became number one hits. They paved the way for later British groups to come and make their marks in what was called, "The British Invasion" This remarkable influence on music and pop culture has never been duplicated and remains a fond memory of my teen years
Who Was Your Favorite Beatle? - Each Of The Fab Four Had Thier Own Special Following
Who was your Favorite Beatle
During the Beatlemania Craze of the 60's while the band itself was really hot on the charts, everyone had their personal favorite. I have to admit to this day, Paul McCartney still remains the man who turned my head and my heart throughout my teen years. How about you?
How Beatlemania Affected The Music Of The 20th Century
- During the week of April 4, 1964, the Beatles held the first five slots on the Billboard Singles chart; they went on to sell more than a billion records; and 2000's 1, a compilation of the Beatles Number One hits, hit Number One in 35 countries and went on to become the best-selling album of the 2000s.
- the Beatles became the highest certified act of all time, with over 113 million albums sold in America (which grew to 170 million albums in 2008); a coffee table book, The Beatles Anthology, topped the New York Times bestseller list; and 1, a collection of the band's Number One hit songs, became the Beatles' 19th chart-topping album, selling 25 million copies by 2005.