Beatlemania Is Back: America Honors the Band’s 50th Anniversary

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, an event that changed the course of music and pop culture history. The group is being honored by different organizations to mark the event, and there’s a hefty amount of Beatles nostalgia in the air.

Rolling Stone has honored the group with a cover and an in-depth article exploring the implications of the Beatles’ entrance into the American music scene in 1964. On February 9 that year, the Beatles kicked off their three-night stint on the Ed Sullivan Show with a performance that would go down in music and television history; the Rolling Stone piece gives the little-known details of the events leading up to that night.

The group’s record label, the American press, and even the band itself were not convinced the group would be able to make a foothold in America, but of course, the rest is history. Almost half of the American population tuned in to that performance on February 9, and by the next day, almost everyone in the U.S. knew who the Beatles were.

It was announced on Tuesday that the group will be honored by the New York Port Authority with a plaque in JFK Airport’s Central Terminal, marking where the group arrived in the U.S. and held its first American press conference.

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