** FILE **The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York, in this Feb. 9, 1964, file photo. From left, front, are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. Ringo Starr plays drums in the background.
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964. file photo Paul McCartney, right, shows his bass guitar to Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York along with John Lennon, center, and Ringo Starr, behind McCartney, and Beatles manage Brian Epstein, behind Sullivan.
Have you read the news today, oh boy? Fifty years have passed since the Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York City. After the celebrated TV gig, the Fab Four punched their ticket to ride with a North American tour. Sit back and enjoy these moments from those heady days when Beatlemania swept the U.S. and Canada.
Britain’s Beatles make a windswept arrival in New York on Feb. 7, 1964, as they step down from the plane that brought them from London, at Kennedy airport. From left to right, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison
From the moment they landed in New York on Feb. 7, the British pop quartet was beset by fans and near constant media attention. Yet, the Beatles did manage to find some down time in the Big Apple, including an outing to Central Park. John, Paul and Ringo took in the park, while George, who felt ill, passed on the excursion.
The Beatles were a smash on "The Ed Sullvan Show." Slightly more than 700 people were in the studio; an estimated 73 million watched the Beatles on television -- a new record for TV viewership up to that time.
After "Ed Sullivan" and a concert in Washington, D.C., the Beatles headed south to Florida. In what became a familiar sight during their American visit in 1964, young fans, mostly women, waited for the Beatles to arrive at Miami International Airport on Feb. 13. The ecstatic girls jumped the rail moments later.
The Beatles prepared for a second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," this time broadcast from Miami. While there, the Beatles called on another quickly rising star -- heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay Jr., who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali. The quartet posed with the boxer at his training camp in Miami Beach on Feb. 18.
** FILE ** In this Aug. 13, 1965 file photo The Beatles, with John Lennon, George Harrison,Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, from left to right stand at the airport in London, England before leaving for a coast-to-coast tour of the U.S.
An estimated crowd of 11,000 packed the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the Beatles perform on Aug. 20. In a story about the concert, a Las Vegas Sun reviewer observed that females outnumbered males in the audience "by as much as 10-to-one."
The Beatles appeared at a press event a few moments before their concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum on Aug. 21. At left is Brian Epstein, the group's manager. One questioner asked if the lads had done any fishing while in Seattle. The Beatles replied yes, but noted they did not catch anything. They had fished earlier in the day from a window at the Edgewater Hotel.
After a concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Fab Four headed to Los Angeles and a famous gig at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 23. As usual, fans were close behind. But for at least one group of enthusiastic admirers in L.A., it wasn't always fun. Here, members of the Beatles Boosters Fan Club display wrath over a traffic ticket given Paula Glosser, left, when they pursued the car carrying their heroes in Los Angeles.
Britain’s Beatles step from their plane at Denver airport, Colorado, on Aug. 27, 1964, after flying from Los Angeles. They were greeted by some 5,000 teenage fans and then were whisked off by car to perform downtown. From left to right; Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon.
The Beatles performed at the Cincinnati Gardens on Aug. 27. The event literally became one of the hottest in Cincinnati in 1964, as the venue's room temperature reached a reported 115 degrees, causing some fans to faint. Still, the heat did not dampen the crowd's willingness to scream throughout the band's set. A technician who attempted to measure the room noise apparently gave up after his gear overloaded.
Britain's pop group The Beatles pose in a carriage window of train before they left Paddington Station, London, March 2, 1964, to start filming their first feature film. Top left is John Lennon, with George Harrison next to him, and Ringo Starr, bottom left, with Paul McCartney next to him.
THE BEATLES--During 1963, The Beatles began to dominate the pop music scene in the UK. They released four singles and two albums, all of which went to the top of the charts. What the American media called 'mop top haricuts' became style, and 'yeah, yeah, yeah' became part of day to day vocabulary.
At a media gathering before their concert at Milwaukee Arena on Sept. 4, Paul McCartney called the Milwaukee police the "naughty police," because they had the Beatles use a sneaky exit from Mitchell International Airport, rather than traveling past fans, which the band preferred.
A fan is overcome with excitement during the Beatles' concert in Milwaukee. Noise levels reached epic levels, as screaming fans often drowned out the group's set. Many who attended Beatles concerts, especially those far from the stage, heard more screaming than music.
FILE--The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, take a fake blow from Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami Beach, Fla., in this Feb.18,1964 file photo.
The Beatles perform at the Chicago International Amphitheater on Sept. 5. The Beatles' paycheck for their half-hour show: $30,000. Ratio of fans to police, firefighters and ushers at the amphitheater: 20-1.
The Motor City was among a handful of tour stops fortunate enough to host two Beatles concerts on the same day. (Clockwise from right foreground) John, George, Paul and Ringo played before 15,000 at each show at Olympia Stadium in Detroit on Sept. 6.
FILE--The Beatles, from left to right, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, are photographed in the forecourt of London's Buckingham Palace after receiving their Member of the British Empire (MBE) awards in this Oct. 26, 1965 file photo. OUT
The Beatles performed at the Baltimore Civic Center on Sept. 13. The following day, mobs of screaming teenagers, kept at bay by police barricades, maintained a vigil outside the Beatles' lodging at the Holiday Inn, hoping for a glimpse of their music heroes.
** FILE ** The Beatles pose together in an unknown location, in this Feb. 28, 1968, file photo. From left are Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Beatlemania is again sweeping the Italian capital, with a 17-day ``Fab Four'' festival starting Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, including cover bands blaring the group's songs around Rome from trucks, theatrical productions and even new mobile-phone rings.
As the Beatles' tour neared its end in Dallas, local newscaster Bert Shipp (center) scored a media coup -- a rare exclusive interview with all four Beatles. But all did not go well at the Beatles show at the Memorial Coliseum in Dallas on Sept. 18. The concert was delayed momentarily after a phoned-in bomb threat; no bomb was found.
Caption: IT'S A Fact The Beatles' song 'Birthday' was recorded in one afternoon, as the band was in a rush to see 'The Girl Can't Help It' that night on television. The song's background help includes Yoko Ono and Patty Harrison on vocals.
The Beatles meet reporters at Kennedy Airport in New York City, Feb. 7, 1964 on their arrival from London for their first American tour. The band members, from left, are, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon.
American TV host Ed Sullivan, left, talks with three members of the British pop group The Beatles during a rehearsal for their appearance on his TV show, in New York, Feb. 8, 1964. From left, Sullivan, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. George Harrison, the fourth member of the group missed the rehearsal due to illness.
Ed Sullivan, center, stands with The Beatles during a rehearsal for the British group's first American appearance, on the "Ed Sullivan Show," in New York on Feb. 9, 1964. From left: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sullivan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The rock 'n' roll band known as "The Fab Four was seen by 70 million viewers. Beatlemania swept the charts with twenty No. 1 hits and more than 100 million records sold. The Beatles broke up in 1970.
The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney spar up to Cassius Clay while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami Beach, Fla. ,Feb. 18,1964.
The Beatles smile as they display the Member of The Order of The British Empire medals presented to them by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in London, England on Oct. 26, 1965. Left to right are Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
The Beatles, Britain's top rock band, relax in London over tea in 1963. The group from left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney; George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The group is sporting similar thatch haircuts with bangs to the edge of their eyebrows.
Britain's pop quartet The Beatles arrived almost unnoticed at the Hippodrome, Birmingham, Nov. 10, 1963, dressed as policemen. They are George Harrison, third left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr in front. Others in picture are real policemen.
Beatles guitarist George Harrison, seated right, chats with a TV interviewer while fellow Beatles Ringo Starr, standing left, John Lennon, seated, and Paul McCartney, standing right, clown about in the conference room at London airport, Feb. 5, 1964, after their return from Paris. The group was met by crowds of screaming fans.
This February 11, 1964 photo provided by Christie's auction house, from a collection of photos of The Beatles shot by photographer Mike Mitchell at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C., shows Paul McCartney, left, and John Lennon during group's first US concert, two days after their Ed Sullivan appearance. The concert photos, taken when the photographer was just 18 years old, will be auctioned by Christie's in their sale "The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell," in New York on July 20, 2011.
The British rock and roll group The Beatles are seen during their first U.S. tour in this 1964 file photo. The band members, from left to right, are George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.
On the April 9th, 1969, The Beatles came together at The Madingley Club grounds in Twickenham for what was to be one of their last photo sessions. At this time, The Beatles had begun work on their two last albums, 'Let It Be' and 'Abbey Road'. They were as prolific as ever but their energies were soon to be directed at their individual careers.
The Beatles rehearse for their forthcoming television show at Wembley Studios, London, April 1964. Ringo Starr is costumed as Sir Francis Drake, with his bandmates as Heralds. From left, John Lennon, Ringo, George Harrison, Paul McCartney.
A press conference for the Beatles at the Hilton Hotel, in San Francisco, on August 19, 1964, brightened when they were asked which of the foursome was married. John Lennon second from right, owned up and was pointed out by Paul McCartney, left. Second from left is George Harrison, and at right, is Ringo Starr. Their Cow Palace appearance had been sold out for months.
With some of their fans in the background, The Beatles board a plane for England at New York Airport, NY, Sept. 21, 1964. From bottom of ladder, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison.
The Beatles, clockwise from top center, John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, pose with an American flag in a Paris photo studio prior to their first visit to the United States in January 1964.
The Beatles appear at a news conference after the announcement that the Honours Award of the M.B.E was awarded to them, 1965. Standing, from left: John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Seated are George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
British rock band the Beatles are shown during rehearsals on the set of the "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York, Feb. 9, 1964. On drums is Ringo Starr, bassist is Paul McCartney, left, and guitarist is John Lennon.
The Beatles are seen backstage during a break in rehearsal for the live broadcast of their new song "All You Need Is Love" on the "Our World" program at EMI studios in London, June 1967. From left: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.