American Beetlemania

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the Ed Sullivan Theatre today

the Ed Sullivan Theatre today

Fifty years ago this very day a plane touched down at JFK in New York City bringing the Beatles on their first tour of the United States. The Fab Four were greeted upon arrival by thousands of screaming fans and hundreds of media and police officers.

Now, to celebrate 50 years since Beatlemania hit the United States, NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism, marketing and partnership organisation, has compiled a list of the Beatles sites and activities fans can enjoy in the city during February 2014.

At the Ed Sullivan Theatre the Beatles made three consecutive appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show during February 1964.  This show was the biggest showcase of talent at the time and over 73 million people watched this first show. To appear on Ed Sullivan was to have made it. Now it hosts the Late Show with David Letterman and you can apply for tickets to see tapings by going to NYC & Company’s article on TV show tapings –

At the New York Public Library there is an exhibition which opened yesterday called Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles. It looks back at the peak years of Beatlemania and the mark it left on music, fashion, art and pop culture. Memorabilia on display includes musical instruments, posters and photographs, alongside interactive displays, screenings and panel discussions.

There are three well-known city landmarks where the Beatles played concerts, Carnegie Hall, Shea Stadium and Madison Square. All of these are still open for business and have guided tours or, if you prefer, you can go on an escorted walk with Rock Junket which runs a two hour walking tours of Beatles sites in Midtown Manhattan, including the Ed Sullivan Theater, Carnegie Hall and Strawberry Fields.

Located close to the Dakota building where John Lennon lived and was eventually murdered, a 2.5-acre landscaped section of Central Park was unveiled on what would have been Lennon’s 45th birthday in 1985. The mosaic which lies at the centre is a popular pilgrimage site for Beatles fans who leave flowers and fruit in the form of peace signs.

As an aside,  a large piece of stage backdrop autographed by the beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago will be auctioned in April.  Caricatures and their autographs that the Beatles scribbled on the  eight square foot backdrop during their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964 could fetch between $800,000 and £1 million .



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