The Beatles

1960's

The Tunes

The 1960's were well known for the evolving music styles, prior to 1963, the music of the sixties still resembled the sound and style of the past decade and many of the hit records were by artists who had found mainstream success in the 1950s such as Elvis Presley, Ray Charles etc. The forward-progress of the Civil Rights Movement impacted the mood of American culture and the music began to reflect that change. The "British Invasion" also began around 1963 with the arrival of The Beatles and the type of rabid fandom that followed them would change the way people would experience with music and musicians forever

Abbey Road

The Beatle maniacs

Beatlemania originated during the 1960s to describe the extreme fan frenzy directed toward British Rock band The Beatles during the early years of their success.


Beatlemania was already happening when the band arrived at John.F. kennedy international airport in New York, but became common in the United States after The Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show". It was characterised by intense levels of hysteria and high-pitched screaming by female fans at concerts and during the band's travels.


The extent of Beatlemania in the United States is evidenced by their sales. During the 6½ years between the appearance of the "I Want to Hold your Hand", The Beatles had the Number One single in the US for a total of 59 weeks and topped the LP charts for 116 weeks. They had the top-selling single one out of every six weeks, and the top-selling album one out of every three weeks.