50th anniversary of The Beatles topping US charts: The day that changed pop music forever


Well, tomorrow will be 50 years ago today, The Beatles conquered the USA. As rhyming couplets go it may well be more Ringo-ish than one of Lennon and McCartney’s finest lyrical pearls.

Yet, the fact remains that, on February 1, 1964, the Fab Four’s I Want To Hold Your Hand took them to the top of the US charts for the first time – and music was never the same again.

Breaking America was no longer merely a British challenge but an achievement – and something to inspire generations of pop acts, right through to the present-day. Success is still measured by whether bands have conquered America.

Next Friday will mark the half-century since 3,000 screaming fans cheered the band off their Pan AM flight PA 101 at JFK airport in New York.

Some 73million people in the US would then tune in to their debut appearance on The Ed…

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