This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ first album to be released stateside. The album, simply called Introducing … The Beatles, was released on January 10, 1964. 1964 was a year of firsts for the boys—John, Paul, Ringo and George—with their first visit to the U.S. and appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show in February; their first world tour kicking off in June; followed by a U.S. tour in August; and the history making feat, being the first and only band to secure The Billboard Hot 100‘s top five slots in April.
Let’s take a peek at what went down during the band’s first visit to the U.S. with this snapshot of 11 photos here:
The lads arrive to London Airport (now Heathrow) to begin their fab trip. (AP Photo)
The boys take a cheeky look at their fans outside the Plaza Hotel, after arriving in New York City on Feb. 7. (AP Photo)
A few fans came out … just a few. (AP Photo)
The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9. (AP Photo)
Ed embraces the guys after their groundbreaking performance. (AP Photo)
Ringo, John and Paul take some time to see the sights in NYC, exploring Central Park on February 10. (AP Photo)
The guys enjoy a quiet moment at Central Park, even if brief. (AP Photo)
18-year-old photographer Mike Mitchell took this illuminated photo of the band right before their first U.S. concert in Washington D.C. on February 11. (AP Photo/Mike Mitchell)
The Beatles perform at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 12. (AP Photo)
The boys make their return to London Airport on February 22, they’ve been missed. (AP Photo)
Thank you Vee-Jay Records for introducing us to The Beatles in 1964.
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