1964: Beatlemania Rocks The USA

On February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived in America, with their manager Brian Epstein, producer Phil Spector, and other record company dignitaries. It started the ‘British Invasion’ – making room for The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, The Zombies, Freddy and the Dreamers, The Mersey Sound, The Mods, The Rockers… Beatlemania was born.

August 8 – From Me To You/Thank You Girl was released as a single.

November – The CBS Morning News ran a five-minute feature on Beatlemania in the UK, and it ran again on December 10, 1963.

1964 Highlights
January 18 – I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There released.

January 20 – ‘Meet The Beatles’  album released

January 25 – She Loves You released

February 1 – Please Please Me/From Me To You released

February 7, 1964 – Pan Am Flight 101 left Heathrow Airport and landed at John F. Kennedy Airport, greeted by several hundred journalists and several thousand fans. Two thousand fans had seen them off.

February 9 – Their first televised concert in the U.S. was on the Ed Sullivan Show, on February 9, 1964. 73 million viewers watched that performance, about 1/3 of the population.

February 11 – The Beatles performed for 8,000 fans at the Washington (DC) Coliseum.

February 12 – 2,000 fans saw them perform at Carnegie Hall, NY.

February 16 – The Beatles made their second television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

February 22 – An estimated 10,000 fans greeted The Fab Four when they returned to the UK at Heathrow Airport.

February 23 – Ed Sullivan Show appearance (pre-recorded on Feb 9)

March 14 – Twist and Shout/There’s A Place released released

March 28 – Can’t Buy Me Love/You Can’t Do That released

March 28 – Do You Want to Know a Secret/Thank You Girl released

April 10 – ‘The Beatles’ Second Album’ album released

April 11 – Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You released

June 26 – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ album released

July 6 – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ premiered at the Pavilion Theater in London

July 18 – A Hard Day’s Night/I Should Have Known Better released

July 25 – And I Love Her/If I Fell released

August 19 – Daley City, CA concert at Cow Palace

August 20 – Las Vegas, NV concert at LV Convention Hal

August 21 – Seattle, WA concert at Seattle Center Coliseum

August 22 – Vancouver, Canada concert at Empire Stadium

August 23 – Los Angeles, CA concert at Hollywood Bowl

August 26 – Morrison, CO concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater

August 27 – Cincinnati, OH concert at  Cincinnati Gardens

August 28 & 29 – NYC concerts at Forest Hills Stadium

August 30 – Atlantic City, NJ concert at AC Convention Hall

September 2 – Philadelphia, PA concert at Convention Hall

September 3 – Indianapolis, IN concert at Indiana State Fairgrounds

September 4 – Milwaukee, WI concert at Milwaukee Area

September 5 – Chicago, IL concert at International Amphitheater

September 6 – Detroit, MI concert at Olympia Stadium

September 7 – Toronto, Canada concert at Maple Leaf Gardens

September 8 – Montreal Canada concert at Montreal Forum

September 11 – Jacksonville, FL concert at Gator Bowl Stadium

September 12 – Boston, MA concert at Boston Garden

September 13 – Baltimore, MD concert at Baltimore Civic Center

September 14 – Pittsburgh, PA concert at Civic Arena

September 15 – Cleveland, OH concert at Public Auditorium

September 16 – New Orleans, LA concert at City Park Stadium

September 17 – Kansas City, MO concert at Municipal Stadium

September 18 – Dallas, TX concert at Memorial Auditorium

September 20 – NYC concert at The Paramount Theater

December 5 – I Feel Fine/She’s a Woman  released

December 15 – ‘Beatles ’64’  album released

The Beatles released seven platinum records – in 1964 alone.
Introducing… The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!, The Beatles’ Second Album, A Hard Day’s Night, Something New, Beatles for Sale, and Beatles ’65 each sold over one million copies.

Also released over the year: My Bonnie, Roll Over Beethoven, All My Loving, Why, Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You), Ain’t She Sweet, I’ll Cry Instead, I’m Happy Just To Dance With You, Matchbox and Slow Down.

1965 Beatles US Tour & Highlights
June 14 – ‘Beatles IV’ album released

July 29 – Help! was released in theaters.
*Help! was dedicated to “Elias Howe, who, in 1846, invented the sewing machine”.

August 13 ‘Help!’ album released

August 15 – NYC concert at Shea Stadium

August 17 – Toronto, Canada concert at Maple Leaf Gardens (2 shows)

August 18 – Atlanta, GA concert at Atlanta Stadium

August 19 – Houston, TX concert at Sam Houston Coliseum (2 shows)

August 20 – Chicago, IL concert at Comiskey Park (2 shows)

August 21 – Bloomington, IN concert at Metropolitan Stadium

August 22 – Portland, OR concert at Memorial Coliseum (2 shows)

August 28 – San Diego, CA concert at Balboa Stadium

August 29 & 30 – Los Angeles, CA concerts at Hollywood Bowl

August 31 – Daly City, CA concert at Cow Palace (2 shows)

September 25, 1965 – September 7, 1969 The Beatles cartoon was on ABC. A total of 39 episodes were produced.

December 6 – ‘Rubber Soul’ album released

1966 Beatles US Tour & Highlights
June 20 – ‘Yesterday and Today’ album released

August 8 – ‘Revolver’ album released

August 12 – Chicago, IL concert at International Amphitheater (2 shows)

August 13 – Detroit, MI concert at Olympia Stadium (2 shows)

August 14 – Cleveland, OH concert at Municipal Stadium

August 15 – Washington, DC concert at D.D. Stadium

August 16 – Philadelphia, PA concert at JFK Stadium

August 17 – Toronto, Canada concert at Maple Leaf Gardens (2 shows)

August 18 – Boston, MA concert at Suffolk Downs Racetrack

August 19 – Memphis, TN concert at Mid-Soth Coliseum (2 shows)

August 20 – Cincinnati, OH concert at Crosley Field*
*Only the opening acts – The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes performed.

August 21 (rescheduled from August 20 rain date) – Cincinnati, OH concert at Crosley Field (noon)

August 21 – St. Louis, MO concert at Busch Stadium (8:30 PM)

August 23 – NYC concert at Shea Stadium

August 25 – Seattle, WA concert at Seattle Center Coliseum (2 shows)

August 27 – Met with Elvis at Presley’s mansion at 565 Perugia Way, Bel Air, Los Angeles

August 28 – Los Angeles, CA concert at Dodger Stadium

August 29 – San Francisco, CA concert at Candlestick Park

June 1 – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album released

November 27 – ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ album released

July 17 – ‘Yellow Submarine’ was released in theaters.

November 22 – ‘The Beatles’ (White Album) album released

January 17 – ‘Yellow Submarine’ album release

September 26 – ‘Abby Road’  album released

May 8 – ‘Let it Be’ album released

Beatles3Beatles Tribute (& Protest) Songs:
A Beatle I Want To Be – Sonny Curtis

A Beatle Meets A Ladybug – Paula Lemmont

A Letter to the Beatles – The Four Preps

Ain’t No Beatles – Gary Sanders

All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle – Dora Bryan

All Those Years Ago – George Harrison

Ban The Beatles – Matt McGinn

Baroque Beatles (album) – Joshua Rifkin

Beatle Crazy – Bill Clifton

Beatle Drums – The Motions

Beatle Fan – Zeke Mullins

Beatle Forever – Bret & Terry

Beatle Mania – Jack Nitzche

Beatle Maniacs – Ray Ruff & The Checkmates

Beatles Please Come Back – Gigi Parker and the Lonelies

Beatle Rap – The Qworymen

Beatle Song – Dick Pillar and His Orchestra

Beatle Teen Beat – Larry Holloway

Beatle Wig Party – Exterminators

Beatlemania – The Jones Boys

Beatles Medley – Stars on 45

Beatles Forever – Electric Light Orchestra

Beatles, You Bug Me – The Bug Men

Boys – The Idols

Dear Beetles – Little Lady Beetles

Do The Beetle (album) – B. Brock and the Sultans

El Stomp De Los Beatles (The Beatle Stomp) – Santo & Johnny

Empty Garden – Elton John (about the death of John Lennon)

Frankenstein Meets The Beatles – Jekyl and Hyde

I Dreamed I Was A Beatle – Murry Kellum

I Had A Dream I Was A Beatle – Donna Lynn

I Like The Beatles – Christa Martin

I’ll Let You Hold My Hand – The Bootles

I’m Better Than The Beatles – Brad Berwick

I Want To Be A Beatle – Bobby Wilding

I Want To Bite Your Hand – John Zacherle

I Want You – Jeannie & The Big Buys

It Wouldn’t Happen With Me  – Johnny Mathis

John George Ringo & Paul  – Liverpool Express

John, Paul, George and Ringo – The Bulldogs

John You Went Too Far This Time – Rainbo

Letter From Elaina – Casy Kasem

Like Ringo – Dick Lord

Little Beatle Boy – The Angels

Liverpool Bound – Vito and the Salutations

Mary Wells Sings The Beatles (album) – Mary Wells

My Beatle Haircut – Twiliters

My Boyfriend Got a Beatle Haircut – Donna Lynn

Oh, George – Foo Fighters

Only Seventeen – The Beattle-Ettes

Pop Hates The Beatles – Allan Sherman

Reve Pour Un Beatle – Paul Piot & Paul Guiot

Ringo – The Weekends

Ringo Beat – Ella Fitzgerald

Ringo Deer – Garry Ferrier

Ringo Did It – Veronica Lee with the Moniques

Ringo I Love You (Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!) – Cher

*Ringo by Lorne Green has nothing to do with Ringo Starr

Saga Of The Beatles – Johnny and the Hurricanes

Saint Paul – Terry Knight

The Ballad of Paul – The Mystery Tour

The Beatle – The Buddies

The Beatle Bounce – Bobby Comstock and The Counts

The Beatles Are In Town – The Fondettes

The Beatle Flying Saucer – Ed Soloman

The Beatles Forever – Steven Hartley

The Beatle Is Back (Yea, Yea, Yea) – Lenore King & Tommy Anderson

The Beatle Walk – The Phaetons

The Beetle Bomb – The Exterminators

The Boy With The Beatle Hair – Swans

The Guy With The Liverpool Hair – The Outsiders

The Other Ringo – Don Bowman

We Love The Beatles – Vernons Girls

We Want Ringo For President – Rolf Harris

We’re The Weavils – The Weavils

Whats Wrong With Ringo? – The Bons Bons

When The Beatles Hit America – John Wesley Harding

When We Was Fab – George Harrison

Wie Die Beatles – Nicki & Hero

Yeh, Yeh, We Love ‘Em All – Little Cheryl


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