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54 Years Ago: The Beatles Land At JFK Airport
John, Paul, George and Ringo didn’t quite know what to expect when they arrived at New York City’s JFK Airport on February 7, 1964 on The Beatles’ first trip to America, but it’s a moment that’s permanently etched in music history thanks to the photos and video captured that day.
“Beatlemania” was a force, and after the shocking tragedy of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it was just what America needed.
Paul: "There were millions of kids at the airport, which nobody had expected. We heard about it in mid-air. There were journalists on the plane, and the pilot had rang ahead and said, 'Tell the boys there's a big crowd waiting for them.' We thought, 'Wow! God, we really have made it.'
Three Beatles, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon driving a horse and carriage, during a rare break away from screaming fans, in New York's Central Park. Their colleague George Harrison is recovering from a sore throat at their hotel. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Beatlemania has hit big in New York. John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, from left to right, enjoy a few moments away from the screaming fans when police smuggled them out of the side door of their hotel for a visit to New York's Central Park. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Two American fans trying out their Beatles style wigs in anticipation of the British group's arrival in New York on 'Beatle Day'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
British pop group The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon, attend a press conference at Kennedy International Airport in New York having arrived from London for a 10 day US tour, 7th February 1964. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Two excited girls in Beatles sweatshirts, amongst a crowd of fans in New York, welcoming the group as they arrive at the airport. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.