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The four members of the British hit band, the Beatles, have arrived in New York at the start of their first tour of the United States. The young men, with their now infamous mop-head hairstyles, stepped onto the tarmac at Kennedy Airport just after 1300 local time. There were more than 3,000 screaming teenagers at the airport. Many had skipped school or work. Some were in tears and some were carrying placards with phrases such as "I love you, please stay".

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The Beatles’ first scheduled appearance will be on American television on Sunday on the Ed Sullivan show. He apparently booked them to appear after seeing the huge crowds who greeted their return to Heathrow from Sweden last October.

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More than 5,000 fans applied for tickets to be part of the audience for the live show – only 750 were lucky enough to get them.The Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison – received maximum police protection, the kind of arrangement usually produced for kings and presidents.

There were security barriers too, without which, the Beatles would almost certainly have been crushed by the throng of screaming women.  Elsewhere in the United States, excitement over the Beatles’ arrival has reached almost fever-pitch. Their songs are playing constantly on radio stations, in shops and other places of work.

Millions of Beatle records have already been sold and a company called Puritan Fashions Incorporated, which describes itself as "the only exclusive official licensed manufacturer of Beatle wearing apparel" is marketing T-shirts, sweat shirts, turtle-neck sweaters, tight-legged trousers, night shirts, scarves and jewellery inspired by the Beatles.

Beatle wigs are also for sale at $2.99 each – or the equivalent of one guinea.

In Context
The Beatles were the first British band to break into the American market. Their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show reportedly led to a dip in the crime rate to a 50-year low as 73 million people or 40% of Americans tuned into watch. They performed the songs All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

The band appeared twice on the Ed Sullivan show and their performances still rate as the second and third most-watched programmes in the history of US TV. Only the 1983 final episode of Korean war comedy MASH achieved more viewers

In February 2004, the Beatles were given the President’s Award at the Grammys to mark the 40th anniversary of what became known as "Beatlemania". It was accepted by the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

Text from BBC’s On This Day

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April 23, 1964 – John Lennon was the guest of honor at a Foyle’s Literary Lunch in the Dorchester Hotel, London.

117397_beat6April 24, 1964 – The last movie scenes for “A Hard Day’s Night” were filmed in West Ealing.

April 25, 1964 – Peter and Gordon’s “World Without Love,” a composition by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, knocks “Can’t Buy Me Love” out of the #1 slot.

April 25, 1965 – “Ticket To Ride” reached the top of the British charts and stayed there for three weeks.

April 26, 1964 – After 15 weeks of not performing, The Beatles returned to the stage at the Empire Pool in Wembley.  It was the New Musical Express 1963-64 Annual Poll Winners’ All-Star Concert in front of a crowd of 10,000.

April 28, 1965 – The Beatles were presented with a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Vocal Group for “A Hard Day’s Night.”  This was done at the studio and taped so it could be broadcast in the US during the award show.

April 29, 1967 – The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream Event, (a multi-artist event) took place at Alexandra Palace.  John Lennon performed, and Yoko Ono was also a performer.

Text from “Retroplanet

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April 16, 1964 – “A Hard Day’s Night” was recorded in three hours at Abbey Road.

117397_beat4April 17, 1964 – The press announced that the movie The Beatles were working on was officially given the name “A Hard Day’s Night.”

April 19, 1967 – The Beatles and Co., a legal business partnership, was formed to bind the band together until 1977.

April 20, 1966 – The band began recording “And Your Bird Can Sing” and “Taxman.”

April 20, 1973 – “The Beatles 1962 – 1966” (the Red Album) was released in the UK, reaching No 3 in the charts. “The Beatles 1967 – 1970” (the Blue Album) was also released this day, and reached No 2 in the charts. Both albums stayed in the charts for 172 (Red) and 137 (Blue) weeks.

April 21, 1969 – John and Yoko Ono formed Bag Productions, a company to publish books and release films.

April 21, 1963 – The Beatles play to a crowd of 10,000 as part of the 14-act NME Poll Winner’s Concert at the Empire Pool in Wembley.

April 21, 1965 – Filming continued for the movie “Help!”

Text from “Retroplanet

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April 9, 1967 – The Monterey Pop Festival planning advisory board asked Paul to join them. He advised them to book Jimi Hendrix. (He gave an iconic performance.)

April 9, 1970 – John was at the Arthur Janov clinic, receiving treatment for heroin addiction.

April 12, 1968 – John and his wife Cynthia as well as George and his wife Pattie returned to London after a long trip to India, visiting and learning from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the International Academy of Transcendental Meditation.

BEATLES WAVING TO FANSApril 12, 1970 – Paul released his first solo LP, “McCartney” in Britain. It reached No. 2 in the charts.

April 13, 1963 – The band appeared on national BBC television for the first time when they recorded “The 625 Show” at Shepherd’s Bush.

April 13, 1964 – The Beatles received a Gold Disc in the US for “The Beatles Second Album.”

April 13, 1966 – Work was finished on “Love You To” and recording began on “Paperback Writer.”

April 14, 1969 – Paul and John recorded “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”

April 15, 1965 – The Beatles appeared on “Top of the Pops” performing “Ticket To Ride” for the first time.

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April 2, 1968 – The band initiated Python Music Ltd, a new publishing company.

April 3, 1967 – George was the only Beatle around to work on “With You Without You.” He added the vocals, the sitar and acoustic guitar.

117387_beat2April 4, 1964 – The Beatles held all of the top five positions on the US Billboard charts. 1)”Can’t Buy Me Love” 2)”Twist and Shout” 3)”She Loves You” 4)”I Wanna Hold Your Hand” 5)”Please Please Me”

April 4, 1965 – After two months of filming their movie, “Help!” was chosen as the title.  Paul and John wrote the title track, “Help!”

April 5, 1963 – The Beatles received their first silver disc for “Please Please Me.”

April 5, 1964 – The opening scenes of “A Hard Day’s Night” were filmed at Marylebone Station in London.

April 6, 1965 – DJ Simon Dee from the pirate station Radio Caroline presented the band with a Bell award. Also, the EP “Beatles For Sale” was released in the UK.

April 6, 1966 – The first recording session for the album “Revolver” took place at Abbey Road. “Tomorrow Never Knows” was the first track to be recorded, and it only took three takes. New technology such as artificial double tracking, tape loops, and a Leslie speaker were experimented with.

April 8, 1968 – “Lady Madonna/”The Inner Light” received a gold disc in the US.

April 8, 1974 – Paul and Wings released “Band On The Run”/”Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” in the US.

Text from “Retroplanet

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March 19, 1964 – The Beatles were presented with the Variety Club of Great Britain’s Award for Show Business Personalities of 1963 by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

March 20, 1969 – John and Yoko were married at the British Consulate in the British protectorate of Gibraltar.

March 20, 1976 – Paul’s band, Wings, moved their world tour to Europe, starting with Copenhagen, Denmark.

March 21, 1984 – Strawberry Fields was opened in New York’s Central Park and was dedicated to John Lennon.

March 22, 1963 – The Beatles’ debut album, “Please Please Me,” was released in the UK.

March 23, 1964 – John Lennon’s first book, “In His Own Write” was published. He appeared on “Tonight” to promote it.

March 23, 1973 – US Immigration Service ordered John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days.  He fought back by applying for a green card.

March 25, 1966 – The photo session for “The Beatles Yesterday and Today” album took place. The pictures are now called the famous “butcher” photographs, showing the boys in white coats with headless baby dolls and raw meat draped over them. A limited number of albums with this picture were released until Capitol Records replaced the image with an inoffensive photograph on the cover.

March 25, 1969 – After their marriage and honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a seven-day bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel in the Presidential Suite.

Text from “Retro Planet

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The Sunnygirls was formed to the foundations of the ex-Plommons in 1967. At first they were Suzie & the Sunnygirls, but Suzie’s (Watson) solo career made her soon to leave the band. Also the original guitarist Helena Thunholm resigned herself, and she was replaced by Carina Leijd, who, besides she was couple of years younger than the rest of the group, became their solo-117070_sgsinger. However, they all (but the drummer Annika Degermann) did sing. Those other original members were Maud Lindqvist (bs/vcl) and Carina Fredriksson (keys/vcl). When the Sunnygirls’ manager changed to Roland Ferneborg, they were reinforced by the saxophonists Ann-Christine Carlsson and Ninnie Andersson.

 In the late 1960s the Sunnygirls toured in Mexico, and performed there once to an audience of 30,000! Another Swedish group the Moonlighters was also there, and these guys helped the Sunnygirls on their second single-release "Proud Mary". They even had performances in U.S.A. (for instance in Las Vegas), and they continued till the mid 1970s with several different line-ups, but without the original members, when the last of them, Leijd and Fredriksson formed a new group called Mixed Six. So, what about Suzie then? She was born as Maria Pereboom in Holland in 1946, took part in amateur-contest in Finland when she was nine years old, traveled ’round Europe, and finally settled down in Sweden. In 1963 she got the record deal with Sonet, and beginning from "Johnny Loves Me", she succeeded especially in Germany and other Middle European countries. After a short period with the Sunnygirls, she got another hit-seller with "Walkin’ Back To Happiness", but then in 1971, after 31 singles, 8 EP’s and several compilations, she decided to back away from the frontline of music business.

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