60 Years of Beatlemania: 10 Fab Beatles Moments From 1964

Monday, February 05, 2024

The celebration is finally here — 60 years of Beatlemania! Or, more precisely, six decades since The Beatles conquered America, arriving on February 7, 1964, appearing to tremendous success on The Ed Sullivan Show two days later and being a part of our lives ever since.

Were you there? Did you scream when you saw them perform, or cut your hair to resemble their moptops? Maybe you heard the stories from your parents, watched the footage and have certainly heard the music. Whatever it was, you’ve undoubtedly felt the magic generated by the combination of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Their history is truly amazing and still going strong — from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to last year’s “Now and Then” — but if you had to pick one year that truly captured Beatlemania in all its glory, it would have to be 1964.

In celebration of 60 years of Beatlemania, we’re taking a look back at 10 Fab highlights of 1964.
1. ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’/Meet the Beatles

60 years of Beatlemania really kicked off with the fact that The Beatles’ first single in America, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (backed with “I Saw Her Standing There”), reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 1, 1964, remaining there for seven weeks. The song that replaced it? The group’s “She Loves You.”

The album in America that the single came from, Meet The Beatles, was released on January 20, 1964 and became the number 1 album on February 15, remaining there for seven weeks until it was replaced by … The Beatles’ Second Album.

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