Imagine. Being screamed at for leaving, and screamed at even louder for coming.
That is arriving, as the Beatles did the 7th of February 1964, to the three thousand or so fans at JFK airport in New York. It’s not like they weren’t already becoming household names and two days later, when they did Ed Sullivan for the first time, that one was all sewn up when nearly half of everyone in North America tuned in. And imagine, in the two weeks leading up to that first visit, The Beatles had sold two and half million copies of single. A song written by Lennon and McCartney in the basement of his girlfriend Jane Asher’s parents house on Wimpole Street in London. John and Paul were banging on the piano together when Paul nailed the chords for this song, the first song to really matter over here. The Beatles had recorded it four months earlier in the fall of ’63 on the then brand spanking new four track machines. And funny thing, they not only rehearsed it, when the tape started rolling, they did 17 takes. Legend has it the first one was as good as the last.
Their first #1 in North America, and one of 27 #1’s, I Wanna Hold Your Hand.