“The Beatles in Washington, D.C.,” Passport Video, 2003. The Beatles as photographed upon arrival at JFK Airport in New York, Feb 7, 1964, from top left: John, Paul, George & Ringo. “The Beatles Interviews Database” (with photos), Beatles Ultimate Experience, viewed, Sept 2009. Sept 17   Kansas City Sept 15   Cleveland In any case, the sales of Beatles’ music — whether for video games or digital media — will only add to the 1.6 billion singles and albums already credited to their legacy. They were a cover band as well, as most English rock bands then were. Sept 7     Toronto $19.99. The Beatles Anthology. Christmas leave is canceled at Capitol Records, as pressing plants and staff gear up for rush release. 81. ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ and those early ones. 10 Dec 1963 Vee-Jay Records releases, for the second time, the single “Please Please Me” / “From Me to You,”  entering the Billboard chart at No. It spent 9 weeks at No. : The Ultimate Reference Book, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1986, pp. “Beatles Are Toppled From Hit Parade Peak,” Washington Post-Times Herald, April 15, 1964, p. A-2. Click for CD. When he returned, he pressed his old friend Dick Clark about the song, obviously hoping for some American Bandstand attention. 1 albums until the group broke up in 1969-1970. In 1964 alone, the Beatles put 19 hit songs in the Top 40, and 30 in the Top 100. Dennis McLellan, “Alan W. Livingston Dies at 91; Former President of Capitol Records,” Los Angles Times, March 14, 2009. Created by Al Brodax. shipping: + $4.00 shipping . Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the world's first critically acclaimed "concept album." Beatles first film, A Hard Day’s Night, opens in America and is a huge hit. amzn_assoc_linkid = "4bd4f0365878a8e4f9f5d1b63d4c6381"; The Beatles' influence on rock music and global culture was deep. According to John Jackson’s excellent book, American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock ‘n Roll Empire, Bernie Binnick acquired the American rights for “She Loves You” for his Swan Record label while on vacation in England in the summer of 1963. The Beatles’ single, “A Hard Day’s Night,” is certified gold for exceeding sales of more than 1 million copies. The Beatles vs. Beatles ’65 album is released by Capitol Records featuring 11 Beatles’ cuts, among them: “I’m a Loser,” “Baby’s in Black,” “I’ll Follow the Sun,” “Mr. The Beatles, 'Saturday Evening Post' cover, 21 March 1964. Elvis Presley sends The Beatles a telegram wishing them well in their upcoming Ed Sullivan Show appearance later that evening. Atco album, of Beatles' songs and other U.K. artists, October 1964. Epstein urges Livingston to listen to the U.K. single, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” while mentioning the Beatles’ upcoming 1964 Ed Sullivan Show appearances as a big opportunity for Capitol. 21 Mar 1964 And in November 2010, Beatles’ songs were made available on iTunes and similar digital media. 1 hit in the land. Twist & Shout Then in late 1963 he got a telephone call from Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, who was then in New York arranging an American television appearance for the Beatles. For all intents and purposes, the arguments made for ‘the best album of the 1960’s’ and ‘the greatest Beatles album’ are one in the same. 1 on the British album charts and remaining there for 21 weeks. amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan show. • The Beatles (2000). Click for digital. Did you scroll all this way to get facts about the beatles 1960s? “Beatles Are Praised By Duke Ellington,” Washington Post-Times Herald, March 10, 1964, p. A-3. Swan also had the rights to the German version of “She Loves You,” which did reasonably well too, but not enough to save Swan from its troubles. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. Paul and George each wore Victorian outfits, and Ringo wore a lion … Shown in 500 theaters across U.S., it earns $1.3 million in the first week. Sept 5     Chicago Beatles clowning with boxer Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) during visit to Miami, FL, Feb 1964. Jack Gould, “TV: It’s the Beatles (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah); Paar Presents British Singers on Film,” New York Times, Saturday, January 4, 1964, Business, p 47. Tensions rise over musical differences, personality conflicts (often due to Lennon's ties with Yoko Ono), and political disagreements. Adams, having been playing a steady parade of “car tunes and surfing music,” decided to give the new Beatles album a whirl. 20 Jan 1964 “She Loves You” hit No. From left: Paul McCartney, Ed Sullivan, George Harrison, John Lennon, and behind & above, Ringo Starr. In 1964 alone, the Beatles put 19 hit songs in the Top 40, and 30 in the Top 100. At the 1964 Christmas shows, John wore a blonde women's wig with pigtails. The Fab Four. Known by earlier names such as The Quarrymen, Johnny & The Moondogs, and The Silver Beatles, they played a variety of venues, with a change or two in personnel during those early years. Article Citation: The request was politely declined by their manager, Brian Epstein, saying it was not the group’s policy to accept “official” invitations. CBS News bureau London — at the suggestion of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein — sends a news crew to the British seaside resort of Bournemouth where they film a Beatles concert, thousands of screaming fans, and a few Beatles’ comments on camera. Brian Epstein and the Fab Four, meanwhile, were millionaires many times over, with total income earned beyond the U.K. then estimated to be some $56 million. Aug 28    New York 22 Feb 1964 Beatles’ ‘I Feel Fine’ / ‘She’s A Woman’ single, Capitol Records, Nov 23, 1964. They were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music's recognition as an art form. 9 Feb 1964 Click for album. 61. “I Feel Fine” / “She’s a Woman” single released by Capitol Records. Binnick replied that the record was “a stiff.”  Epstein shot back that it might soon become a huge hit, explaining that the Beatles were going to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Sept 4     Milwaukee Vintage Beatles John Lennon Color Postcard, 1964 Curteichcolor Curt Teich Beatles Postcard, 1960s Beatles Gifts halfpintsalvage. At the concert, however, a crowd of 20,207 attended, which was just over half of Municipal Stadium’s full capacity of 35,000 when seats were installed on the field. To promote the Meet The Beatles album and their upcoming first American visit, Capitol Records distributes pre-recorded interview with the Beatles to American radio stations. Paul Russell, National Album Merchandising Manager, Capitol Records, Memo to B/D Sales Managers, Regional Managers, “Additional Meeting Subject: The Beatles! Business problems spoiled a planned July 1963 debut, but it did appear on January 10, 1964. Beatles pandemonium at the time is such that some hotels along the tour route refused to house the Beatles, and Los Angeles’ Lockheed Airport forbad any Beatles plane from landing there for fear of screaming fans running on to the tarmac. Yeah. Capitol Records issues a memo to its sales people and regional managers across the country, outlining an extensive “Beatles Campaign” using various promotional items — from major music magazine trade ads and a fake tabloid Beatles newspaper (reprinted in the thousands), to Beatle buttons, Beatle stickers, Beatle wigs, and a battery-powered, “Beatles-in-motion,” bobble-head-like, window display for music stores. I Want To Hold Your Hand Everybody else thought they were for the teenyboppers, that they were gonna pass right away. This Boomer market was clearly visible before the Beatles’ pop explosion, but they certainly took it to another level, revealing a gigantic “rock business” segment that would only expand over the next several decades in all manner of ways, from concert touring to MTV and beyond. Aug 23    Los Angeles All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. The Beatles Story double LP is released by Capitol Records, billed as “a narrative and musical biography of Beatlemania on two long-play records.”  The albums feature interviews, press conferences, and songs by the The Beatles. 1 Beatles’ 'A Hard Day's Night' album by United Artists. “Can’t Buy Me Love/You Can’t Do That” is released as single by Capitol Records; sells 940,225 copies first day, 2.1 million by March 19th. It would later reach No. That feat has never been matched. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; Aug 20    Las Vegas According to Binnick, “the record exploded [in sales] the following Monday.” Binnick and Swan re-issued “She Loves You” to meet demand. PopHistoryDig.com, September 20, 2009. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; Sept 18   Dallas United Press International, “4,000 Hail Beatles on Arrival in Miami,” New York Times, Friday, February 14, 1964, p. 16. Epstein did a wardrobe and style make-over on them, cleaning them up for the music industry. “The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles,” VHS & DVD, Sofa Entertainment, 2003. The Beatles (L-R) George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon enjoy the sun at Miami Beach, Florida on February 16th, 1964. With The Beatles, Paul Frees, Lance Percival. This was the U.K. Beatles’ LP that Iowa radio station DJ Stu Adams began playing on Nov 29, 1963. The Beatles’ first U.K. album was titled Please Please Me, released in April of 1963. Beatles’ "Rock Band" video game, released internationally Sept 2009, features more than 40 Beatles songs. You Can’t Do That 27 April 1964 “250,000 Hail Beatles in Australia,”Los Angeles Times, June 15, 1964, p. 4. 23 Dec 1963 Beatles’ Tour 1 Oct 1964 June 1964 During the early 1960s, the Beatles became the West’s most irresistible export, as well as the best asset in the propaganda war with the East. The Beatles perform two shows at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Please Please Me Record sleeve for ‘She Loves You’ / 'I’ll Get You’ single issued by Swan Records in Sept. 1963, which went ‘virtually unnoticed.’ Click for digital. Ain’t She Sweet album is released by Atco Records, an American album featuring four 1961 Beatles tracks from Hamburg, Germany and cover versions by other British groups. What follows below is a timeline marking the rise of Beatles’ music and appearances in the U.S. during 1963 and 1964, along with a few photos, anecdotes, and sidebar stories. Vee-Jay's "Please Please Me," released a 2nd time, late Jan 1964. Life magazine article reports that the Beatles’ 33-day tour of 23 American cities is a sell out at every location and is expected to gross millions. Vee-Jay record label of Chicago obtains a contract to release limited number of Beatles records in the U.S. for a limited time period. In any case, the sales of Beatles’ music — whether for video games or digital media — will only add to the 1.6. "The Beatles - Penny Lane***** Lyrics In Penny Lane, there is a barber showing photographs Of every head he's had the pleasure to know And all the people that come and go Stop and say, "Hello" On the corner is a banker with a motorcar And little children laugh at him behind his back And the banker never wears a mac In the pouring rain, very strange The 1960s was a decade of shifting cultural norms, of challenged conventions, of political upheaval and social rebellion. However, that day, in mid afternoon, Walter Cronkite was breaking the tragic news to a shocked nation that their President, John F. Kennedy, had been shot and killed while visiting Dallas, Texas. “Please Please Me” (song), Wikipedia.org, viewed, September 2009. Clark, meanwhile, appears to have given the record a review on American Bandstand’s “rate-a-record” segment — probably in the Oct-Nov period. But it was obvious to me that they had staying power. They had 15 separate recordings in 1964 — nine singles and six albums — that each sold 1 million or more copies, representing total Beatle sales in the U.S. that one year of more than 25 million copies. Ringo Starr has his tonsils removed at the University College Hospital in London. American and English culture of the 1960s is reflected more in the music of the Beatles than in that of any other group. But after glancing at a picture of the Beatles, Clark noticed their long hair and reportedly told Binnick, “you’re absolutely insane….It’ll never fly.”, Still, Binnick’s Swan label released “She Loves You” to the American market in mid-September 1963. The untold story of the world's most famous band's formative years. 1 in the U.K. on August 29, 1963. “Beatles Honored for Contribution to British Music,” Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1964, p. 23. Also, consider new ways to think about the controversial song, “Back in the USSR.” 26 min 38. How Walter Cronkite Sent The Beatles Viral… in 1963!,” The Huffington Post, July 18, 2009. Book by Brian Epstein, A Cellarful of Noise, is released by Souvenir Press; includes his autobiography and inside account of early Beatles. Beatles appear for 3rd time on Ed Sullivan Show, a performance that was taped earlier in New York — performing three songs: “Twist and Shout”, “Please Please Me” and “I Want to Hold your Hand.”. Music Player 29 Jan 1964 Sept 3     Indianapolis But it would all start with the music, especially that first flush of Beatles’ songs in 1963-64. 29 Nov 1963 Capitol Records issues Meet the Beatles, the Beatles’ first Capitol album in the U.S. 20 Jan 1964 Some 15,000 prints made for world-wide distribution — historical first in film industry. Stephen Watts, “Nonconformists and Newcomers on the British Screen; Anomaly Universal “Beatles” Rising Star,” New York Times, Sunday, November 24, 1963, Arts & Leisure, p. 35. Saki & Ed Chenn, “American Bandstand and the Fabs,” Newsgroups: RecMusicBeatles, no date. 7 Feb 1964 50. As for Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, the Beatles never did appear on the show; they didn’t need to. Here is a collection of images from the early years of Beatlemania. New York city radio station WMCA joins others  broadcasting “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”  Back in London, meanwhile, Sunday Times critic Richard Buckle praises the Beatles as the greatest composers since Beethoven. $78.00 + shipping . Vee-Jay Records’ issues special record sleeves for promoting “Please Please Me” to radio DJs,  noting Beatles’ clip on Jack Paar’s show, upcoming Ed Sullivan Show dates, and national news coverage in Time, Life & Newsweek magazines. What is offered here, hopefully, is a representative sampling of activity in those first two “Beatles-in-America” years, mixing in music history, business developments, and news-of-the-times — plus one or two stories that may be new to many readers. Thanks for visiting – and if you like what you find here, please make a donation to help support the research and writing at this website. 25 Feb 1963 Capitol Records issues a press release announcing that it will begin selling the Beatles’ first U.S. 45 rpm single, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” on Monday, January 13th, 1964. ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ became one of the fastest-selling soundtrack albums of the 1960s. Bruce Spizer, The Beatles Swan Song: She Loves You & Other Records, Four Ninety-Eight Productions, March 2007, 280 pp. You guessed it: black. I Love You,’ April 1964, Tollie Records. Yeah. The rise of the Beatles coincided with a vital shift in the relationship between the two countries and a change in the significance, relevance, and artistic ambitions of popular music. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Aug-Sept 1964, Aug 19    San Francisco Beatles' 'Can't Buy Me Love' / 'You Can't Do That' single, Capitol Records, 16 March 1964. Beatles On The Charts, 1963 to1964, Dermon.com, According to Billboard Magazine. 25 Aug 1964 I knew they were pointing the direction that music had to go…in my head, the Beatles were it. The Beatles on stage at the London Palladium during a performance in front of 2, 000 screaming fans. 11 Aug 1964 18-19 Dec 1963 The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame puts it this way: "They literally stood the world of pop culture on its head, setting the musical agenda for the remainder of the decade.". 23 Nov 1964 The 1960s were the height of Beatlemania — the period where rabid, passionate fans would swarm the Beatles at airports, at recording studios, and even break into their homes. EMI, their record label, was reporting fiscal year sales of $265 million, up 12 percent largely on Beatles’ business. The most popular color? Finley, meanwhile, who had earmarked profits from the event for Children’s Mercy Hospital, had to write a $25,000 check to cover the minimum donation he had pledged to the hospital in the event that the concert did not earn a profit. He “slapped the Parlophone labeled Please Please Me LP on a turntable” and asked his listeners to call in and let the phone ring just once if they liked it. mid-Jan 1964 “Do You Want to Know a Secret” / “Thank You Girl” released as a Vee-Jay single. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; Frederick Lewis, London, “Britons Succumb To ‘Beatlemania’,” New York Times Magazine, Sunday, December 1, 1963. amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; 24 Aug 1964 NBC’s evening news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report, airs a four-minute segment on the Beatles. “They were doing things nobody was doing. This new Beatles’ sound, according to Marcus, is best captured in a selection of their 1963-64 tunes, such as: “Please Please Me,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Boys,” “There’s A Place,” “It Won’t Be Long,” “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Things We Said Today,” “Eight Days A Week,” among others. VJ hypes the package as “The International Battle of the Century!”. The Beatles give their first live concert performance in the U.S. at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. 12 Feb 1964 1998 edition of Brian Epstein’s book, ‘A Cellarful of Noise,’ first released Oct 1, 1964, includes his autobiography & inside account of early Beatles. About a month or so later, Jack Paar, who hosted a Friday evening variety TV show on NBC, had just returned from England that December, marveled to his viewing audience over the “Beatlemania” that he had observed overseas. “Beatles to Sing Six New Tunes in Their Movie,” Los Angeles Times, August 11, 1964, p. C-9. At a televised press conference the Beatles come off as witty, charming and playful. The most common the beatles 1960s material is metal. The Beatles’ Second Album reaches $1 million in sales by this date. Beatles’ Hot 14 It is the first complete Beatles song shown on American TV, and for many in America, the first time they see the Beatles. Beatlemania hits the U.S. on February 9, 1964, when the Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show Forty percent of the country watches and soon after divides into camps of worshipful fans, and critics upset by the boys' long hairstyles and beatnik attitudes. Epstein wanted to know how “She Loves You” was doing in America. On the evening of Nov 29, 1963, a Drake University student showed up at this Iowa radio station waving a copy of a new U.K. Beatles’ album at the DJ through the window. “The Beatles Started It All,” Washington Post-Times Herald, August 14, 1964, p. C-5. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, their sound incorporated elements of classical music and traditional popin innovative ways; the band later explored music styles r… 1 Beatles’ hits and No. On Billboard, the prominent U.S. music chart that reflects single and album popularity and success, the Beatles set a slew of records, most in the March-April 1964 period, but a few of which still stand today. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Radio station KIOA in Des Moines, Iowa begins playing “I Saw Her Standing There” from a Drake University student’s copy of Beatle’s U.K. album, Please Please Me, and a few days later, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” from a U.K. Beatles’ single  (see sidebar story below). John Whelan, “The Beatles Timeline,” Ottawa Beatles Site, January 1, 2000. Click for album. Beatles, 'Life' magazine, August 28, 1964. This Beatles’ sound, at that time, was different and unique — exciting, optimistic, playful, and fresh. Second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Aug 22    Vancouver Variety magazine reports that by August 1964, the Beatles had sold approximately 80 million records globally. So Adams finally let him in out of the cold. Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles’ Recorded Legacy, Volume One — 1957-1965, Three Rivers Press, 416pp, 2008, and That Magic Feeling: the Beatles’ Recorded Legacy, Volume Two — 1966-1970, Three Rivers Press, 416pp, 2009. Beatles at press conference after landing in New York, February 7, 1964. The Beatles made their 1964 “Ed Sullivan Show” debut on February 9, 1964. Bruce Spizer, Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles Records on Vee-Jay, Four Ninety-Eight Productions, April 1998, 242 pp. All My Loving 14. The Beatles fly to Hong Kong, June 8-10, perform two concerts there and then go to Austrailia, June 12-14. Click for DVD. “A Hard Day’s Night” / “I Should Have Known Better” released as single by Capitol Records. The Beatles return to London, U.K.;  at Heathrow Airport at 7 a.m. they are met by an estimated 10,000 fans. Capitol Records issues "Beatles' Cam-paign" memo to its staff, Dec 23rd, 1964. “Matchbox” / “Slow Down” is released as a single by Capitol Records. L. Laurent, “Beatles Set Back Cultural Exchange,” Washington Post-Times Herald, February 12, 1964, p. C-7. From left: Paul McCartney, Ed Sullivan, George Harrison, John Lennon, and behind & above, Ringo Starr. Comments to:  jdoyle@pophistorydig.com. 29 Nov 1963 amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; CBS-TV gets one year’s exclusive rights to the Beatles’ U.S. television appearances. 1 single in America. Find other Pop Culture Newsmakers in the Resource Library », The ultimate pop phenomenon, they appear everywhere in the '60s: on TV, movie screens, magazine covers, lunch boxes, dolls, dishes and more. A few months later, another split-decade recording, Real Love, is released. Among their marks in 1964: most songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the same time (14); most songs within the Billboard Top 40 ranking at the same time (7, on two occasions); most songs within the Billboard Top 10 and Billboard Top 5 at the same time (5); and most songs charting on the Billboard Hot 100 within a calendar year (30). The group, whose best-known line-up comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, are regarded as the most influential band of all time. January 1963 Last Update:  25 January 2020 “Girls Go Bug-Eyed as Beatles Perform,” Los Angeles Times, February 10, 1964, p. 2. On April 4, 1964, Beatles’ singles and albums simultaneously held the top five Billboard singles spots and the top two Billboard album ratings — a record that still stands. 13 July 1964 John S. Wilson, “2,900-Voice Chorus Joins the Beatles; Audience Shrieks and Bays and Ululates,” New York Times, February 13, 1964. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles is the No. 56-59. The New Yorker magazine publishes a Brian Epstein interview; regarded as first serious article in U.S. about the Beatles and their manager. _______________________ That perspective would soon change. “Please Please Me” is a massive hit, rising to No. The Birth of Beatlemania in America, Four Ninety-Eight Productions, December 2003, 246 pp. It wasn’t just the British sound, of course, as all of rock ‘n roll was going great guns by then — from Motown to the Surf sound, the Beach Boys to the Supremes, Bob Dylan to Marvin Gaye, and many more to come. Earlier to their emergence as pop superstars, it was ordinary for rock bands to depend on professional songwriters for their material (the Brill Building in New York City was a basis of lots of hit singles in the early 1960s). 16 Mar 1964 December 1964 What the Beatles had then, according to rock music historian Greil Marcus writing for The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, “was that elusive rock treasure, a new sound — and a new sound that could not be exhausted in the course of one brief flurry on the charts.”. The Beatles in the U.S.A.,” filmed by Albert Maysles, covering the Beatles U.S. tour and other activities that year. Brian Epstein phones Capitol Records president Alan Livingston over label’s refusal to distribute Beatles songs in America. 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