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Beatles' historic arrival in New York City 50 years ago gave Big Apple unforgettable lift

On Feb 7, 1964, just 77 days after the JFK assassination, the Fab Four stepped off of Pan Am Flight 101 at the newly-minted Kennedy Airport. The city and the Beatles would never be the same.


Friday, January 24, 2014, 5:51 PM

Mehlman, Judd

Fans run to get a look at the Beatles following the Fab Four's arrival in NYC in 1964.

They say the world doesn't change in a day.

But one day, it did.

On Feb 7, 1964, events were set in motion that changed the culture so fundamentally, life for millions could be cleanly divided into before and after. When Pan Am Flight 101, carrying The Beatles, touched down at Kennedy Airport in Queens at 1:20 in the afternoon, they were met by 4,000 teenagers, 200 members of the press and more than 100 New York City police officers. “It felt as though there was a big octopus with tentacles that were grabbing the plane and dragging us down to New York,” Ringo commented in “The Beatles Anthology” documentary. “It was a dream.”

“They’re so cute,” 17-year-old June Clayton of Brooklyn told The News right after the band landed. “And Ringo’s the cutest. Look at them comb their hair!” Two days later, such swoons and screams would be magnified by a factor of 70 million as the band performed for the first time in America, on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show at 52nd St. and Broadway.

Millions yelling themselves blue over pop stars wasn’t new. Frank Sinatra inspired that response decades earlier, as had Elvis ten years before the Fab Four ever arrived. But never in American history had so many young people screamed so hard at exactly the same moment, a reaction made possible, in part, by the escalating power of television. Nielsen measured The Beatles’ debut as the most-watched program in U.S. history, reaching a full 45% of the population.

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John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison arrive at New York's Kennedy Airport on Feb. 7, 1964 for their first U.S. appearance.

The spontaneous, coast-to-coast outpouring of ecstasy was the precise inverse of the national reaction to an event that took place just 77 days earlier. On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, shaking the country to its core and spreading a kind of fear it hadn’t known in a century. A palpable depression enveloped the nation.

“There wasn’t alot to cheer about after Nov. 22nd,” recalls Larry Kane, the only reporter to travel with The Beatles on every date of both the ’64 and ’65 tours, and the author of “When They Were The Boys.”

“There was concern about the escalation of the Viet Nam war, the civil rights movement was escalating, inflation was high. There was a tension,” Kane said. “When the Beatles arrived in February they started to distract everyone from all that.”

By their talent, charm and energy, the boys made pleasure once again a part of the public conversation. If that was the effect they had on the mass consciousness, they had an even deeper, and more lasting, effect on an individual level. The maiden performance by the Fab Four captured the imagination of young people so profoundly, it helped them envision entirely different lives for themselves.

Morgan, Fred

The Beatles join Ed Sullivan for 'The Ed Sullivan Show' during their historic visit.

Most of the girls may have screamed, but more of the boys (and some of the girls) decided in that moment that they could play and sing too. How many significant later bands — as well as routine amateur groups — have reported that, after Feb. 9th, they took to their garages to form groups of their own?

There’s barely an act from the classic-rock era that doesn’t date the inspiration of their forming from around that time. The Beatles debut excited an entire generation to seek their own voice, either in songs they played or through recognizing music as a key way to understand themselves.

As revolutionary as those days in early February may have been, they didn’t come out of nowhere. The Beatles’ phenomenon had been gaining steam in their native U.K. for over a year, and had already made major inroads in the U.S. before their plane set down.

Admittedly, their earliest efforts in the States weren’t promising. When “She Loves You” came out on Sept. 16th, 1963, it didn’t even make the Billboard chart. Yet Time Magazine made note of the rise of “Beatlemania” in England by November. That same month Ed Sullivan saw for himself the power the boys had at home on a trip over there. It inspired him to book the band for no fewer than three performances the next year.

By late November, Beatles manager Brian Epstein persuaded Capitol Records to risk $40,000 ($250,000 in current dollars) to promote the single “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” based on the boost sure to come from the Sullivan events.

Buckley, Arthur

A teenager fainted outside the Plaza Hotel while she was waiting to greet the Beatles.

Two weeks after Capitol issued that single, it had sold 1 million copies. By January 17th, it was the No. 1 record in America, followed three days later by the release of their U.S. album debut, “Meet The Beatles.”

Even so, when the group boarded that Pan Am jet bound for JFK they were dubious about their American prospects.

“They’ve got everything over there,” George Harrison said, according to Philip Norman's classic Beatles biography “Shout.”

“What do they want us for?”

Hurley, Frank

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are overwhelmed by the view of the New York skyline as seen from Central Park.

The reaction at the airport offered only a hint of just how wrong George was. The crowd that jostled and crammed their way to the terminal flooded more people into the airport than any time before. Famed author Tom Wolf, who was covering the event for the New York Herald Tribune, observed that “some of the girls tried to throw themselves over a retaining wall.”

An animated and playful press conference followed. A typical exchange:

Q: “What do you think of Beethoven?”

RINGO: “Great. Especially his poems.”

Greitzer, Phil

The Beatles' arrival brings their fans to tears.

The boys were herded into individual limos (one for each Beatle) and ushered to the Plaza Hotel at 5th Ave. and Central Park South. All along the route, DJ Murray the K offered a running commentary on their whereabouts over the radio, like he was reporting live from D Day.

Two days later, on Sunday the 9th, The Beatles performed five songs live on TV, including “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and the show-tune standard “ ’Til There Was You.” On the 11th, the band gave its first U.S. concert, at the Washington Coliseum, before returning to New York to play Carnegie Hall on the 12th and 13th.

A second Beatles appearance on Sullivan’s show — on Feb. 16th, live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami — attracted some 70 million viewers.

Kane, who attended that show, was struck by how well they played. “In person they were astounding,” he says. “They could sound just like the records.”

By Feb. 22nd, the band was back in the U.K., not to return to the U.S. until August. No matter. They had already insured their legend. During the week of April 4, 1964, the Beatles held the first five slots on the Billboard Singles chart. Their impact created such a demand for music from their homeland, that, by the summer of ’64, the British Invasion was in full bloom. One third of all U.S. Top Ten hits of the year were by British acts, from The Dave Clark Five to Billy J. Kramer to Gerry & The Pacemakers. Later came The Animals, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, The Troggs, Freddie and the Dreamers and more. For the next six years, The Beatles dominated pop culture, dictating new styles and sounds, innovating until the end. Even their break-up with the new decade, in 1970, hardly diminished their impact. Their approach to melody, production, and to style kept influencing and inspiring new generations to come. It still does.

Never was that more clear than this past October 9th, during a Beatles-related encounter in another part of Queens, mere miles from their initial JFK touchdown. To promote his latest album, Paul McCartney made an appearance at the Frank Sinatra High School of Music. He performed before several hundred teenagers, five decades removed from the ones that gaped and swooned for those Sullivan shows. Their reaction mirrored their forebears exactly, screaming with abandon as McCartney played songs from “Eight Days A Week” to “Hey Jude,” with amazing verisimilitude.

15-year-old Alexus Getzelman of College Point told the News she first knew The Beatles’ music from her parents. She has since downloaded much of it herself from iTunes. “We all know the songs,” Getzelman said of her generation. “And we all love them just as much.” ... -1.1590651

The Beatles' most memorable moments in NYC include 'Ed Sullivan' Show, landing at JFK

The Fab Four also performed at Carnegie Hall, Shea Stadium and in Forest Hills during their historic visit to the Big Apple.


Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:05 PM

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Ed Sullivan stands with The Beatles during a rehearsal for the Fab Four's first American appearance, on the 'Ed Sullivan Show,' in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.

The Beatles' most memorable moments in New York City:

1. JFK Airport Friday, Feb. 7, 1964: It may be the most pivotal arrival this side of man landing on the moon (which happened five years later). When The Fab Four set foot on the tarmac of the just-named JFK Airport, they set off a wave of screaming that echoes to this day.

2. The Ed Sullivan Show Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964: Two days after their arrival, The Beatles performed at Ed Sullivan Theater at 1697 Broadway, current home for “The Late Show with David Letterman.” It was the first of three appearances, held on consecutive Sunday nights. After Ed’s introduction, the guys performed “All My Loving,” and “’Til There Was You.” During the latter, the names of the group members were super-imposed over them in close-ups. When they performed “She Loves You,” a line loomed over the image of John Lennon which read “Sorry girls, he’s married.” The acts that also appeared on the first show had been pre-recorded, to spare them from being shouted down by the Beatles-mad crowd. Towards the end of the night, the guys offered “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand” — to a response that can only be described as orgasmic.

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The Beatles perform at Shea Stadium during their memorable visit to New York City.

3. Carnegie Hall Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1964: After playing their first full American concert in Washington D.C., the band hopped the train back to New York. They were greeted by 10,000 fans at Penn Station. After making it the Plaza Hotel on 59th St. for a quick shower, they were smuggled out to Carnegie Hall on 57th St. There, they played two 34-minute sets before 2,900 people per show. The Beatles were the first rock band ever to play the vaunted hall. Producer George Martin had wanted to record the events but the American Federation of Musicians wouldn’t give him permission. “Carnegie Hall was terrible,” John Lennon later told author Keith Badman for the book “The Beatles Off The Record.” “The acoustics were terrible and they had all these people sitting on the stage with us. It wasn’t a rock show. It was just a sort of circus where we were in cages ... We were just like animals.”

4. Forest Hills Stadium in Queens Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29, 1964: For each of these two performances, the Beatles played before 16,000 fans at the tony tennis stadium in Queens. The band arrived at Kennedy Airport at 3:02 a.m. Despite the ungodly hour, they were greeted by 3,000 fans. More awaited them at the Delmonico Hotel on Park Ave. and 59th. The Beatles were taken to the site by helicopter, and took the stage at 9:50 p.m. Tickets went for the then-sky-high price of $6.50. An eight-foot fence, crowned by barbed wire, kept fans from the stage. “I was 10 years old,” recalled Teri Lynn on the web site “Girls were rushing the stage only to be plucked up by New York policemen. When the show was over, the Beatles left by helicopter and girls were screaming, crying and fainting. I loved it!”

5. Shea Stadium Sunday, Aug. 15, 1965: The Fab Four became the first band ever to play a stadium, appearing before 55,600 fans. The then-new Shea set a world record for attendence and gross revenue, netting the band $160,000. It was the first date of the group’s second U.S. tour. The guys, who had been staying at the Warwick Hotel on 6th Ave. in Midtown, were taken by limo to a heliport, where they were flown to the roof of the World’s Fair building in Queens. From there, a Wells Fargo van drove them to the stadium. Taking the stage at 9:16 p.m., they slammed through 12 songs, from “Twist and Shout” to “I’m Down.” The event was filmed for a television special, first seen on March 1st of ’66. The Beatles played Shea again on Aug. 23, 1966. Mary Bregman, who attended, recalled on a Beatles tribute blog that she “really wanted to hear them sing, but due to the loud screams I could not. I recall Paul trying to quiet the crowd but it was a losing battle. Even so, I’m glad I was there — to be part of the experience.” ... -1.1590681

Fascination with Beatles continues to grow long after Fab Four's infamous breakup

Some 210 million Americans weren’t alive when the Fab Four landed in New York City. More than 165 million Americans hadn’t been born when the Beatles took their final walk together across Abbey Road six world-shaking years later. But they have never stopped picking up new fans.


Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:36 PM

The Beatles wave to fans assembled below their Plaza Hotel window after they arrived in New York City on Feb. 7, 1964.

Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl penned virtual liner notes for a Beatles iTunes collection in 2012. But the ode to his favorite group focused less on the Fab Four than on his then-6-year-old daughter.

Violet Grohl, it turns out, found her own musical nirvana when her dad played for her the classic animated film, “Yellow Submarine.”

“It was her introduction to the Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering the Beatles for the first time,” Grohl wrote.

It's a fascination that’s grown, not only in Violet’s home, but around the world as new legions of Beatle Babies are raised on the manna of a musical catalogue produced by a band who played their last note when Dave Grohl was in diapers.

The hoopla surrounding the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ U.S. arrival doesn’t represent a new wave of Beatlemania as much as resounding proof that for most of us, John, Paul, George and Ringo always have been here, there and everywhere.

Some 210 million Americans — about two-thirds of the U.S. population — weren’t alive on Feb. 7, 1964, when the four Liverpudlians landed at Kennedy Airport to the siren song of screaming teenagers. More than 165 million Americans hadn’t been born when the quartet took their final walk together across Abbey Road six world-shaking years later.

The group’s breakup may be old news, but they’ve never stopped gaining new fans.

The Beatles ended the first decade of this millennium with the century’s biggest-selling U.S. album (“1”), and 30 million album sales overall, just behind Eminem for tops. Their iTunes debut in late 2010 has spurred a reported 3.5 million album and singles sales, and November’s release of “On Air — Live at the BBC Volume 2” marked the 31st Beatles set to hit Billboard’s top 10. Signs of their enduring youth appeal also stretch from kids in Beatles T-shirts to viral videos of the guitar-slinging, “Hey Jude”-singing Korean toddler and the Brazilian “Don’t Let Me Down” boy to The Beatles: Rock Band game. Ken Dashow, host of Q104.3 FM’s popular Sunday “Breakfast with the Beatles,” reports half the show's audience is under 25.


Paul McCartney signs one of his books for Ella Hester, 8, during a book signing in NYC in 2005.

A 2009 Pew Research Center survey placed the Beatles in the top four favorite music acts of Americans ages 16 to 64 — suggesting the band that helped create the 1960s Generation Gap ultimately helped us come together. Perhaps that’s the Beatles’ greatest gift: music that can be shared not only across the universe, but across generational lines.

“With the Beatles, everybody becomes one family and you forget age exists,” said Michelle Lapidos, 29, of Brooklyn.

Lapidos should know. She was named after the Beatles song by her mother, Carol, and father, Mark, who started The Fest for Beatles Fans in 1974. The Lapidoses are busily preparing for the latest fan convention, set for the Grand Hyatt New York from Feb. 7 — the British Invasion anniversary — through Feb. 9, the anniversary of the Beatles’ debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Mark Lapidos expects 8,000 fans to pack the Fest — among them, many teenagers.

“The music has successfully been passed to the next generation and the generation after that,” the 66-year-old Bronx native said. “Young people hear the music and that’s it — they’re hooked.”

The anniversary is spurring music around town — including NYC Fab 50 concerts at the Hudson Theater, Town Hall and the Apollo Theater, with a multigenerational lineup from School of Rock to Gary U.S. Bonds. Meanwhile, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Maroon 5 are among those set for a Feb. 9 Beatles tribute on CBS.

While the songs are the heart of the Beatles’ allure, the group’s mantra of peace and love pulse with a youth-friendly message. “‘All you need is love’ — when will that never not be cool?” Dashow asked.

The Beatles’ rise from hardscrabble Liverpool, their timeless wit and their revolution-speed evolution — from the mop-top-era joy of “She Loves You” to “Sgt. Pepper” psychedelia to their “Get Back” finale atop a London roof 44 years ago this week — are inspiration to anyone who ever dared to dream of changing the world.

'Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as Family,' written by Jere Hester.

As Dashow noted, a key lesson of the Beatles’ story is “Work hard at whatever it is you love.”

McCartney and Starr, set to play at the Grammys Sunday, work hard at keeping the music and memories of Lennon and Harrison alive. McCartney, at 71, released a Top 10-charting album (“New”) in October and ended 2013 as one of the year’s highest-grossing concert act. Starr, 73, recently wrapped a tour in Las Vegas, where he reunited with five fans whose picture he snapped after the Beatles landed in New York all those years ago.

The Beatles keep giving youngsters new ways to discover them, like Vegas’ long-running Cirque du Soleil “Love” show and Starr’s “Octopus’s Garden” children’s book. McCartney’s “High in the Clouds” kids’ book is being made into a movie.

It was at a 2005 Manhattan signing for “High in the Clouds” that my daughter, Ella, then 8, unexpectedly met McCartney — a story that spread around the world.

She was raised a Beatle Baby: I serenaded Ella with “Love Me Do” prenatal. Her mother and I later took her to Liverpool and Hamburg, following in Beatle footsteps.

McCartney lived up to expectations during that from-me-to-you encounter, making Ella feel like she was the only other person in the crowded bookstore — the same way many fans feel like the Beatles are singing directly to them. Ella, a vocalist from birth, asked for bass lessons after meeting McCartney. While her teenage musical exploits have expanded to progressive rock, classical music and jazz, she regularly gets back to the Beatles.

On a recent Sunday afternoon, Ella sat at the piano in our Brooklyn home and floated through the Beatles songbook, from “Across the Universe” to “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” She even let her dad play along.

Imagine the sing-alongs in Beatle households everywhere — including in the Grohl home, where dad Dave can boast he’s jammed with his pal, Paul. Grohl is headed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But he knows there’s only one band whose music is guaranteed to last — and span — the ages. “From one generation to the next, the Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time,” Grohl wrote. “Just ask Violet.”

Or ask Michelle, Ella or any other Beatle Baby, who would agree with a resounding, “Yeah, yeah, yeah!”

Jere Hester, director of the NYCity News Service at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, is the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as Family” ( ).

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Audience recalls the night The Beatles changed pop culture

By Billy Heller

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The Beatles playing on the Ed Sullivan Show.
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Seventy-three million viewers tuned in to “The Ed Sullivan Show” that Sunday in 1964. It was Feb. 9, and Americans of all ages wanted to see what the fuss was about over four mop-top lads from Liverpool. But none more so than the teen and pre-teen girls who swooned over The Beatles’ songs on the radio.

The theater — where David Letterman’s show tapes now — only held 700-some-odd seats, and reports say the show got 50,000 requests for tickets.

The Post caught up with three of the lucky local girls who got inside and screamed their hearts out for The Beatles.

Toni Scott, of Flushing, Queens, was 14 and on her first date. Her neighbor Howie, a year or two older, had asked her.

Long Islander Alice Kestin, also then 14, listened to The Beatles “all the time” on WMCA, WABC and WINS, the city’s Top 40 stations in 1964. A classmate, Fred Marrone, had sent for Sullivan tickets a while back, and got four for The Beatles show. They went with a couple other pals.

Linda Reig — then Plotnikoff — was just 12 when she followed the Fab Four around town. First, she caught The Beatles at the newly renamed Kennedy Airport, where the group landed. “We lived, like, 20 minutes from the airport,” in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, says Linda. “So I begged my mom to take me there. I cut school.”

After participating in the screaming and carrying on at the airport — “I couldn’t see much of The Beatles. I was little, I’m still little, only 5 foot,” Linda says. “I begged my mom to take me into the city, to the Plaza.”

The scene there, she recalls, “was chaotic. There were thousands and thousands of kids.”

Linda and her mother couldn’t get near the hotel where The Beatles were staying; they stood across the street. “We saw [the band] at the window, we saw them waving,” she says, as full of excitement as if it happened yesterday, not 50 years ago.

On Sunday, she saw them play live on “Ed Sullivan.”

Linda, who wore all of her “I Love Paul” buttons, was screaming, “Paul!”

“Just Paul,” she says.

She had gotten her tickets through a cousin who had concert-ticket connections around town. Her 19-year-old brother — “he hated The Beatles” — drove and accompanied her to the show.

Sitting in the back of the balcony, Linda couldn’t see much, but that didn’t stop her from yelling her heart out.

“Every time I got up to stand and scream, my brother would make me sit down. ‘You’re embarrassing me,’ ” he told her. In all the noise, Linda says she could hear The Beatles “a little bit.”

Alice, who clipped Beatles pictures from magazines and covered her dresser mirror with them at home, was in the balcony for a show that taped earlier in the day. (That particular performance aired two weeks later, on Feb. 23.) “When everybody was screaming at Ringo and George,” she says, “my friend and I would scream at Paul and John, so that we could get their attention — and occasionally, they’d wave or blow kisses.

“My God, it was just like being in a dream.”

Queens girl Toni says, “I was totally in love.” But not with her date, Howie.

Dressed in her finest sailor suit, Toni recalls, “I was screaming, ‘Ringo!’

“Ringo and George were my faves. Kinda the underdogs. It wasn’t that I didn’t love the other two. I was probably willing to settle for something more attainable,” she laughs.

“Poor Howie, he didn’t have a chance,” Toni says. “There were times, I was sure, that I forgot that Howie was the reason I was there. He didn’t try to hold my hand, and he just kept saying, ‘Shhh, shhhh.’ He told me, ‘I don’t get it.’ ’’

The curly-headed boy next door also told his Beatles-besotted date, “You know, I’m not wearing my hair like that. I can never wear my hair like that.”

Says Toni, “I don’t think I even said anything to him. I was in another world.”

“[The experience] was incredible,” Linda remembers. “But it was so short. They had other people on the show, but everyone was screaming over them. Nobody wanted to hear these other people. They should have had a show just about The Beatles. That would have been perfect.”

Toni got into the music business herself, designing album covers for Sire Records. Today, she is an interior designer in New Jersey.

Alice, now in real estate in New Jersey, says if she were to run into, say, Paul today, she’d tell him: “I just enjoyed everything he did from the time I was 14 years old.”

And Linda now lives in Florida, but she did end up living her teenage dream during the 1970s: She worked for Apple Records in New York and, yes, she met The Beatles. ... tles-fans/

The teen who became a symbol for a generation of Beatles fans

By Tim Donnelly

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Irene Katz, then 13 years old, declared her love for the Beatles before their US debut.
Photo: Jaclyn Sovern, Gimme Shelton

Like all teenage girls in the winter of 1964, Irene Katz knew exactly where The Beatles were going to be. She sat in her family’s Stuyvesant Town apartment listening to the DJs on WMCA-AM give updates of the Fab Four’s arrival in America, in advance of their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” But she wasn’t satisfied to watch from her small television set. So she and her friends concocted a plan.

“We knew in our teenage hearts that if they saw us they would fall in love,” Irene, now 63, retired and living in central New Jersey, tells The Post. “So we needed a way to be noticed. We thought having a sign and standing in front of the hotel was the best thing we could do.” Specifically, she had her eye on Paul.

Irene’s parents would never let her out of the house early enough to get to the Plaza Hotel (where the group was staying) first thing in the morning, so she planned a sleepover at a friend’s house. They bought poster board and began brainstorming slogans.

“I knew I wanted something that sort of sounded British,” Irene recalls. “I was playing around with ‘the king is dead. Long live the king.’ ”

Then an idea hit her that encapsulated just how The Beatles were about to obliterate everything else on the radio: “Elvis is dead. Long live the Beatles.”

Elvis “appealed more to a half generation ahead of us,” Irene says. “We had new kings taking the mantle.”

They got to the hotel at 6:30 a.m. Within a few hours, the plaza in front of the hotel was full of people screaming and singing songs.

Irene left the hotel after nine hours, heartbroken she never caught a glimpse of The Beatles. But someone caught a glimpse of her: a news cameraman filming the crowd. Her father was watching the news that night, too.

“When I walked in he was yelling and screaming,” Irene says. “He didn’t think it was very seemly to be screaming in public.”

She set up a second-day stakeout, combing the streets in search of the band’s limo. She and her friends were getting cold, so they ducked into a coffee shop. Suddenly, her pals bolted.

“Guard the purses!” Irene screamed to the server as she ran out, too. There, at a stop light, was a black limousine — and the face of John Lennon clearly visible through the window.

Irene ran around to the other side, where Paul was sitting, and pressed herself up close.

A mob quickly formed, banging on the car and making Ringo look “absolutely terrified.”

“Let’s not scare them!” Irene told the crowd. “Look at Ringo. We’re frightening the guys that we love!”

She saw the band four times after that. She didn’t save the infamous sign, but the photo of 13-year-old Irene holding it became a symbol of the generational shift of the 1960s, appearing in museums and documentaries.

Then, in 2002, she was at a Paul McCartney concert in Philadelphia. He launched into a rendition of “All My Loving” and, suddenly, a familiar image popped up on the Jumbotron behind him.

“I just started screaming ‘That’s me!’ and I went nuts,” she says. She hadn’t even told the story to her friends at the concert: They were younger and she didn’t want to reveal how old she was.

“Age be damned,” she thought, as she relived her 13-year-old moment, “this is so cool.”

Irene Katz is one of 35 special guests appearing at a fan convention, Feb. 7-9, at the Grand Hyatt at Grand Central Station. The emcee is Beatles scholar Martin Lewis. For tickets, visit

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By Emily Johnson Published: February 4, 2014

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The Beatles land at JFK Airport in 1964.

On February 9, 1964, nearly half the American population tuned into CBS and watched four young men with silly haircuts play a few songs.

One of those people was four-year-old Charles Rosenay. A silent, black-and white home video shows little Charles wearing a bowl-cut wig, strumming a ukulele and lip-synching while the Ed Sullivan Show plays on the television behind him.

“My first memory ever is seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan,” Rosenay said on Monday, just three days before he will oversee a series of concerts marking the 50th anniversary of that storied appearance.

“It left quite an impression,” he added.

Yes, it’s been a half century since the Beatles made landfall in New York City, and Fab Four enthusiasts across the city are gearing up the mark the occasion in a fittingly musical fashion.

Rosenay, whose childhood fascination with the band led him to publish a fan magazine and organize Beatles tours to the U.K., is the executive producer for NYC Fab 50, a star-studded concert series spanning four venues over as many days.

The celebrations kick off on Thursday with the “Twist & Shout” benefit concert at the Apollo Theater — featuring Dionne Warwick, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes — and continue through the weekend with a Friday show at the Hudson Theater, a Saturday show at the Town Hall in Times Square, and a wrap show on Sunday at the Bitter End.

Bands from about fifty countries are in the lineup, including a few international tribute acts like Brazil’s Clube Big Beatles and Norway’s The Norwegian Beatles Band. Most tickets will run about $50 and in keeping with the social activism that was dear to the Beatles’ hearts, proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City.

While all this is going on, more than 8,000 people are expected to descend on the Grand Hyatt hotel in midtown on Friday to kick off The Fest for Beatles Fans: three days of panel discussions, film screenings, jam sessions, Beatles look-alike contests and live music by legendary artists such as Scottish folk musician Donovan.

“There’s so much happening this weekend,” said Stephen Thornton of ISL Public relations, which is handling the event. “Donavan will be giving a special lecture on transcendental meditation and the influence it had on White Album, because he was actually with the Beatles when they were studying with Maharishi in India.”

As part of the convention, a bus trip to John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday Feb. 7 will mark fifty years since the exact moment Paul, John, George and Ringo first landed in the United States, with Virgin Airlines unveiling a plague at the present-day Jet Blue Terminal Five.

A few nonmusical events are also on the docket this week, with a Beatles photo exhibition opening on Friday at the Morrison Hotel Gallery and running through Feb. 28. The show — organized by Julian Lennon, the older son of John Lennon — features some never-before-seen photos of the band taken during their early years.

A free traveling show hosted by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will also be swinging through town, opening at LincolnCenter on Thursday. “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!” features instruments, concert memorabilia, photographs and other Beatlemania artifacts and is open through May 10.

If the events of this week demonstrate anything, however, it’s that Beatlemania is far from dead.

“This is probably the biggest event ever in Beatles history, except for them actually arriving,” Rosenay said. “It’s pretty amazing to make it all — as the Beatles say — come together.”

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I wanna hold Japan: All-female Japanese Beatles cover band plays Brooklyn

By Megan Riesz

Talk about a magical mystery tour!

An all-female Beatles cover band from Japan has flown across the universe (well, the Pacific Ocean) to make its first US appearance at a South Slope bar on Feb. 7 — but do not expect to see all four legendary crooners represented. ... bk01_z.jpg

The Clover

She said she said: Beatles cover trio the Clover makes its US debut at South Slope venue Freddy’s Bar.

The Clover only boasts a John Lennon, a Paul McCartney, and a Ringo Starr, but the group is confident that it has the musical chops and audience appeal to make up for the lack of a George Harrison stand-in.

“They are cute, yet tough, sexy and, funky,” said booking agent Kaz Yamamoto. “Their set list is full of surprises.”

Once a full-fledged fab foursome, the group came together in May 2011, in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands in eastern Japan. The band set its sights on playing International Beatleweek that August — an annual festival in Liverpool, England, where cover bands from all over the world don their best mushroom haircuts and Lonely Hearts Club Band satins, and make their guitars gently weep with Beatles classics. But two of the women had to cancel their summer holidays due to the disaster, leaving remaining members Moecchy and Yuko (the band members will not reveal their last names) without a McCartney or a Harrison.

The pair persisted, and added Sherry to the line-up, who filled McCartney’s Beatle boots. Moecchy was eventually replaced by Momo, a guitarist and singer, but the group never regained its own “Quiet One.”

Still, the number of members is not what makes the group stand out, according to Yamamoto. Rather, it is the band’s high-energy, heavily-accented renditions of tunes such as “Helter Skelter” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” — with an over-driven, power-pop sound and a look both reminiscent of fellow Japanese girl-band Shonen Knife — that makes the trio more unique than most impersonators of the beloved British rock band.

“Their lovely look, beautiful harmonies, and energetic sound are their forte,” said Yamamoto.

At Freddy’s Bar on Feb. 7 and Prospect Heights’ Branded Saloon on Feb. 9, the Clover will play favorites such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” along with lesser-known numbers such as “Slow Down” and “Leave My Kitten Alone.” The band’s New York City tour will culminate in a performance at the “NYC Fab 50” celebration in Manhattan, which commemorates the first time the Beatles visited the US in 1964.

But even amidst the big names that will be appearing at the event — including Al Jardine and the Spin Doctors — the members of the Clover believe they will offer something new.

“The Clover is one of the very few good spin-offs that came out of the severe earthquake that shocked the world,” Yamamoto said.

The Clover plays Freddy’s Bar [627 Fifth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets in South Slope, (718) 768-0131,]. Feb. 7 at 10 pm. Free.

Branded Saloon [603 Vanderbilt Ave. at Bergen Street in Prospect Heights, (718) 484–8704,]. Feb. 9 at 7 pm. Free.

The Clover, Beatles Coverband from Japan @ The Cavern in Liverpool:

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Re: Beatles articles in the 1/26 NY Daily News

Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:50 am

Thanks a lot for these wonderful articles. I never knew that The Beatles were the first to play stadiums. Elvis should play also but the Colonel didn't want it.

Re: Beatles articles in the 1/26 NY Daily News

Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:01 pm

Elvis played stadiums in the 50s. Cotton Bowl, Seattle. Perhaps someone could go into further detail.

Now, those New York shows were huge, of course.

Elvis' first fans were war babies; these were Boomers. There were many more Boomers.


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Re: Beatles articles in the 1/26 NY Daily News

Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:38 pm

From the 2/9 NY Daily News: ... -1.1601826

David Hinckley
As CBS marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' a reminder of where they came from

Yes, the Fab Four changed everything, but their music grew out of late 1950s/early 1960s rock 'n' roll by foundation artists like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran and others


Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:00 AM

The music of Chuck Berry was a huge influence on the Beatles, as they always acknowledged. (Another rock 'n' pioneer, DJ Alan Freed, sits at the drums.)

The fact that CBS is throwing a 50th anniversary party Sunday for the Beatles, commemorating their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” underscores one of the Fab Four’s greatest gifts to contemporary popular culture.

They showed the entertainment industry how to think big, how to market this heretofore slightly disreputable and embarrassing animal called “rock ’n’ roll.”

A valuable lesson, well learned.


The music of 1950s rocker Buddy Holly was a huge influence on the Beatles and many other acts of the 1960s and beyond.

They were also the right ones to do it. Someone was eventually going to make rock ’n’ roll marketable to the masses, and it’s good that the Beatles loved it and played it really well.

But as we celebrate the Beatles a half century down the road, it’s worth dusting off one note of caution.

They made some great rock ’n’ roll. They didn’t invent it.


When they were starting out, the Beatles were well aware of the raucous style of Jerry Lee Lewis.

And they never claimed they did. They were open, even insistent, about where they learned their sound, style and attitude.

Their early fans knew it, too. Most pop music fans in 1964 were at least conversant with the likes of wonderful artists such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Platters and Roy Orbison.

That makes Sunday’s “Grammy Salute to the Beatles” (8 p.m.) the perfect time to also remember where the Beatles came from, musically.

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The Ronettes (here in 1964) hit high on the charts with "Be My Baby" in 1963. Their producer, Phil Spector, would later work with the Beatles.

Like their fellow British Invasion bands, John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up wearing out 45s and LPs by Elvis, Chuck, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Rosie and the Originals, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and any other American they could lay their hands on.

When they started their own bands, they filled their sets by playing other people’s songs, and not quite as well.

“When I first heard the Beatles, I didn’t get it,” says Joe McCoy, who programmed New York’s WCBS-FM for the two decades it was the country’s defining oldies radio station. “Were they as good as a lot of other artists? Probably not. Not then.

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The Shirelles, whose 1960 hit "Boys" was covered by the Beatles on their first album.

“But I picked up one of their first albums and when I saw the songs they were covering, like ‘Boys’ from the Shirelles and ‘Chains’ from the Cookies, I thought, ‘This can’t be all bad, they like some good American music.’ ”

As McCoy notes, the years between Elvis in 1956-57 and the Beatles in 1964 were a much deeper musical pool than history sometimes suggests.

“By 1963, Motown already had Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas,” he points out. “You had the Beach Boys, you had the Four Seasons. Dion was doing great solo records then.”

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Elvis on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1956.

Phil Spector was in business, producing the Crystals and the Ronettes. “Be My Baby” came out in 1963.

Because rock ’n’ roll had not yet become a multibillion-dollar machine, the late 1950s and early 1960s were a golden age of independent labels. For a couple of hundred bucks, you could produce a record and maybe score a hit.

A thousand great records, from Wilbert Harrison’s “Kansas City” and Arthur Alexander’s “You Better Move On” to Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” or the Crests’ “Sixteen Candles,” came from small places.


The Beatles performing on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964.

So did one of the best rock ’n’ roll songs ever, the Drifters’ rendition of Doc Pomus’ “Save the Last Dance for Me.”

That’s how we got the Marcels turning “Blue Moon” into a mad romp that drove composer Richard Rodgers crazy.

In 1961, the Showmen sang “It Will Stand” as an anthem to rock ’n’ roll, and a few years later the Beatles proved it was true.

The Beatles created a big permanent part of rock ’n’ roll’s infrastructure. They just didn’t build its foundation.

Re: Beatles articles in the 1/26 NY Daily News

Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:06 pm

rjm wrote:Elvis played stadiums in the 50s. Cotton Bowl, Seattle. Perhaps someone could go into further detail.

Now, those New York shows were huge, of course.

Elvis' first fans were war babies; these were Boomers. There were many more Boomers.


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And Frank Sinatra played stadiums in the forties . . .