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New online course traces The Beatles’ first visit to America in 1964

Whether you were alive in February 1964 or not, every Beatles fan knows the significance of the group’s first visit to America. All the entertainment forces collided at once to make the second week in February the most impactful week in the history of rock and roll, and of course, The Beatles’ career.

It was 58 years ago at this time that the U.S. was preparing for The Beatles arrival in America! During the month of January 1964, “The Beatles Are Coming” campaign was spreading like wildfire in anticipation of this group of four lads from Liverpool coming to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. It was a 14-day visit that changed history, changed the world and changed the lives of so many music fans.

But too often, these monumental two weeks get compacted into a single video clip or paragraph in the story of The Beatles. Now it’s time to go back and re-live the Beatles visit, day by day, hour by hour. Go behind the scenes to see what was happening from The Beatles’ point of view.

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Online course traces the forgotten year of Beatles history

While fans in the United States and the rest of the world see 1964 as the year The Beatles came on the scene, the 12 event-filled months of 1963 seem to get lost in the shuffle. Many authors start their biographies on the group in February 1964 when The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. In their view, this is when The Beatles’ story began and everything that happened before that is practically dismissed as insignificant. 

The Beatles perform on British TV show, Thank Your Lucky Stars, April 14, 1963
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