Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the U.K. and stepped onto American soil for the first time as a band. After appearances in New York City and Washington, D.C., on Sunday, February 16, 1964, The Beatles flew to Miami Beach where they made their second television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which this time was broadcast live from the Napoleon Ballroom of the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach.
Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!, a traveling exhibition curated by The GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits examines the musical and cultural impact of The Beatles’ arrival on the U.S. and American culture. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time, the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music.
On display are more than 400 items from private collectors and The GRAMMY Museum® including memorabilia, records, rare photographs, tour artifacts, video footage, as well as correspondence, and instruments. Also included are interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.