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The Beatles First U.S. Visit

beatles1stvisitcalendarOn February 7, 1964, British rock and roll band, The Beatles, made their first trip to the United States on Pan Am Flight 101 from London to New York City. What ensued is what was soon dubbed as “Beatlemania.”

The Beatles, made up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, began gaining commercial success in the United Kingdom in 1962 and successfully toured the country for a year. With the release of the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” selling over 1.5 million copies in less than three weeks, The Beatles’ popularity in the United States began to skyrocket in early 1964 and there was a high demand for the band to finally make their way across the pond.

Worried that the initial impact of their single might have worn off and that their scheduled appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show would not do much to capture the hearts of American teenagers, the band members were apprehensive about the trip. Those feelings were put to rest in the few minutes before their landing when the pilots told the musicians that fans were swarming at the airport to catch a glimpse of them, knocking over barricades and scrambling over fences. Harrison noted, “Seeing thousands of kids there to meet us made us realize just how popular we were there.” The British Invasion had officially started.

beatleswallBeatlemania came at a time when America was shrouded with grief and fear over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Their upbeat music and personalities were a welcome distraction to a distraught nation. Their first visit, which had been advertised across the U.S. on 5 million posters, was well-received, with the band doing a series of television performances and concerts. Their success allowed them to return for another series of tours in the U.S. in August of that year and again in August of 1965. Their last tour came in 1966, and although their fan base and commercial success in the U.S. was still large, they also received severe backlash from religious protesters after a comment Lennon made in an interview stating, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” This incident and their boredom over performing live caused this to be their last tour. The band then focused on recording new studio material.

The impact The Beatles made with their first U.S. visit is one that has gone mostly unparalleled by other musicians and they are still recognized as one of the most highly influential bands in rock and roll music.

Sources: Wikipedia, TIME Entertainment, The Beatles Bible

 

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The Beatles’ Last Performance

On January 30, 1969, legendary rock and roll band, The Beatles, performed for the last time ever as a group.

The Beatles were filming a documentary titled Let It Be, which captured their exchanges with one another and their recording sessions in the Apple Studios building in London, England. During filming, the high tensions between band mates John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were made apparent.

At one point, they decided that their creativity was being stifled inside of the studio. They decided to move all of their equipment up five stories to the roof of Apple Studios and give an impromptu concert to the Central London lunch hour crowd. They hadn’t performed together live since their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966, and this rooftop performance would be their last.

The songs they performed are as follows: “Get Back” (5 versions), “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” “Don’t Let Me Down” (2 versions), “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “One After 909,” “Danny Boy,” “Dig a Pony” (2 versions), “God Save the Queen,” and “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody.”

Upon being shut down by police, John Lennon addressed the crowd:

I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.

Sources: Beatles Bible, Wikipedia

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Paul McCartney’s Birthday

Today Sir Paul McCartney turns 70 years old!

One of (if not THE) most successful musicians, singer-songwriters, composers, and recording artists of all time, McCartney is one of the founding members of the legendary group, The Beatles, and half of arguably the best writing duo of all time. Even after The Beatles broke up, he found solo success and formed the group Wings. On top of his success as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, music and film producer, and businessman, McCartney has been involved in a variety of international charities, published a volume of poems and lyrics, campaigned against landmines and seal hunting, taken part in art exhibitions showcasing his paintings, and advocated for animal rights, vegetarianism, and music education.

Even at 70, he’s not finished yet…In the next year alone, McCartney will perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, release a new solo album in 2013, and continue rocking the stage while on tour.

Celebrate today by listening to your favorite Beatles songs!

McCartney by the numbers…
15: Age McCartney met John Lennon.
1960: Year The Beatles was officially formed.
2,200+: Number of artists who have covered McCartney’s Beatles song “Yesterday.”
1970: Year McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles. The band was officially dissolved five years later.
60: Number of gold discs McCartney has under his belt.
5: Number of instruments McCartney plays (piano, drums, and bass, acoustic, and electric guitars).
32: Number of McCartney’s songs, written or co-written, that have hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
6: Number of postage stamps McCartney designed for the Isle of Man Post.
£475 million: McCartney’s estimated fortune in 2010 (that’s roughly $715 million).

 

Sources: Wikipedia, ABC News

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