Love ’em or hate ’em, the Beatles changes music history. Very few acts have had the kind of influence the Beatles have had since visiting the U.S. fifty years ago. After Elvis, it’s the Beatles. On February 7, 1964, the quartet landed at JFK in New York city. The ensemble knew their music was selling well in the U.S., but it wasn’t until they landed that they understood.
“We heard that our records were selling well in America (Capitol announced that they were the fastest-selling in the label’s history), but it wasn’t until we stepped off the plane … that we understood what was going on. Seeing thousands of kids there to meet us made us realize just how popular we were there, ” according to George Harrison.
Two days after arrive in New York City, The Beatles made their debut on The Ed Sullivan show igniting Beatlesmania. The world hasn’t looked back since. Instead, virtually every major artist since has paid homage or tribute to the mega-act ever since.
Below is a video featuring a variety of musical acts including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Metallica and Boys II Men.