The Beatles

British Invasion

The Beatles' Thoughts

"I remember, for instance, the great moment of getting into the limo and putting on the radio, and hearing a running commentary on us. It was like a dream. The greatest fantasy ever." -Paul McCartney.

Facts on the Beatles in America


  • "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - 1.5 million copies sold in under three weeks.
  • Approximately 3,000-5,000 people went to see the Beatles arrive at the JFK International Airport.
  • The Beatles made their first U.S. television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
  • This appearance was recorded as the largest number of viewers for a U.S. television program.

The Beatles Arrive in America

Friday, Feb. 7th 1964 at 12am

John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, NY, United States

New York, NY

British Invasion

The Beatles' were the first British band to be successful in America which was the starting point of the British Invasion. The British Invasion was a phenomenon that occurred in America. Rock and pop music from the United Kingdom become popular in the United States. Other groups soon followed The Beatles such as: The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Rolling Stone, and The Who.