There were millions of kids at the airport, which nobody had expected. We heard about it 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 have really made it.' I remember, for instance, the great moment of getting into the limo and putting on the radio, and hearing a running commentary on us: 'They have just left the airport and are coming towards New York City...' It was like a dream. The greatest fantasy ever." Paul McCartney
Source: The Beatles
February 1964 . . . they had arrived!
For as long as live, I don't think I will ever experience such a happening as the Beatles' first visit to the United States.
As a elementary school aged music lover, all the hype was so exciting. Their music had a different sound, they had a totally different look. Prior to the Beatles, the excitement was all about Elvis Presley . . . but he was of another generation, my parents' generation. The Beatles were all about my generation . . . they belonged to us and we identified with them.
For the first time in my life, I wanted my hair cut in the Beatles mop top style . . . and I got my first haircut. All of a sudden, the boys at school dumped their crew cuts and started letting their hair grow out.
By the time The Beatles arrived, the hype was at a fevered pitch and their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was all we could talk about with friends. The only things I would spend my allowance on were those associated with The Beatles . . . and I had it all.
My parents watched The Ed Sullivan Show with me . . . in horror . . . they felt the winds of change as I sat directly in front of the television, totally mesmerized . . . a new world was born for my generation.
They are timeless in my opinion . . . their music has stood the test of time and they remain one of my favorite groups of all time.