It was 50 years ago: Beatles Invade America -- and CaliforniaLoading
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    The Beatles arrive at New York's Kennedy Airport Feb. 7, 1964 for their first U.S. appearance. From left are: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Just after 1 p.m. on Feb. 7, 1964, a Pan Am flight from London landed at New York's Idlewild airport. It was carrying a revolution, in the shape of four shaggy-haired musicians from Liverpool. Over the next two weeks The Beatles stormed America, appearing three times on ``The Ed Sullivan Show'' and playing concerts in front of thousands of fervid fans. By the time they flew home, the Fab Four were the most famous band in the world, and the nature of celebrity had changed forever.
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    The Bee’s first mention of the Beatle “invasion” of America was this Associated Press account of the band’s arrival in New York City, published Feb. 7, 1964 on page A4.
    Sacramento Bee microfilm
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    “A screaming teenage girl is shown trying to get a look at the Beatles, a British singing group, as they arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.” (Published in The Bee on Feb. 8, 1964 on page A8.)
    AP Wirephoto, Sacramento Bee microfilm
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    “Sporting sheep dog type hairdos, the Beatles, a singing foursome from England, wave from their hotel window in New York.” (Published in The Bee on Feb. 8, 1964 on page A8.)
    AP Wirephoto, Sacramento Bee microfilm
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    On Feb. 9, 1964 The Bee published (page A15) an Associated Press story reporting hundreds of “screamies” -- ecstatic teenage girls -- besieging the Beatles at the Plaza Hotel and the CBS television studio in New York City.
    Sacramento Bee microfilm
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    “With mop type hairdo flying in the breeze, Ringo Starr, on of the Beatles currently holding New York teenage girls in a trance, turns the camera lens on photographers during a sightseeing tour of the city.” (Published in The Bee on Feb. 9, 1964 on page A15.)
    AP Wirephoto, Sacramento Bee microfilm
  • BEATLES US 40TH
    Ed Sullivan, center, stands with The Beatles during a rehearsal for the British group's first American appearance, on the "Ed Sullivan Show," in New York on Feb. 9, 1964. From left: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Sullivan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
    AP Photo
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    The Beatles perform on the CBS "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York in this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo. From left, front, are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. Ringo Starr plays drums.
    Anonymous | AP Photo
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    The Beatles wave after arriving at the San Francisco airport Aug. 18, 1964 to begin an American tour. Clockwise from top right; John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
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    “While the Beatles twanged and moaned on stage at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, their fans displayed emotions running from gleeful exuberance, left, to tears of ecstasy. An audience of 17,000 teenagers heard the mop headed quartet.” (Published in The Bee on Aug. 20, 1964 on page B4.)
    UPI Telephoto, Sacramento Bee microfilm
  • BEATLES U.S. 1966
    Paul McCartney, followed by Ringo Starr and John Lennon of the Beatles, arrive by plane at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 29, 1966. The four-member British band will perform at Candlestick Park.
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    “Police appear to be doing the frug in the infield of San Francisco’s Candlestick Park which was the scene of a Beatle show. The officers forcibly removed Beatle fans who had slipped through police lines. Drummer Ringo Starr watches the action. In the foreground John Lennon, left, and Paul McCartney seem oblivious. George Harrison is not shown.” The concert, the last in the 1966 U.S. tour, attracted some 25,000 hysterical fans. (Published in The Bee on Aug. 30, 1966 on page B14.)
    UPI Telephoto, Sacramento Bee microfilm
  • G3K1I0E5I.1Staff Photographer
    October 21, 2002, Paul McCartney begins to emerge from behind a giant screen during his concert at Arco Arena -- his first ever appearance in Sacramento.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    October 21, 2002, Paul McCartney opened his show at Arco Arena with the song Hello Goodbye.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Paul McCartney and his band perform at Arco Arena on November 16, 2005.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Sports photos displayed on a knotty pine wall serve as a background for Pete Best, original drummer for The Beatles, as his band -- the six-member Pete Best Band-- appears at Granzellas Lounge, in Williams (Colusa County) July 2, 2002.
    Dick Schmidt | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • APTOPIX George Harrison Star
    Olivia Harrison, left, widow of former Beatles guitarist George Harrison, and their son Dhani touch Harrison's new star during a posthumous Hollywood Walk of Fame star dedication for the late Beatle in Los Angeles, April 14, 2009.
    Chris Pizzello | AP
On Feb. 7, 1964 the Beatles arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport Feb. 7, 1964 for their first U.S. appearance. Over the next two weeks The Beatles stormed America, appearing three times on ``The Ed Sullivan Show'' and playing concerts in front of thousands of fervid fans. By the time they flew home, the Fab Four were the most famous band in the world, and the nature of celebrity had changed forever.
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