42 Amazing Photos of the Beatles in 1964

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, that comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They are regarded as the most influential band of all time and were integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music’s recognition as an art form. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, their sound incorporated elements of classical music and traditional pop in innovative ways; the band later explored music styles ranging from ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As pioneers in recording, songwriting and artistic presentation, the Beatles revolutionised many aspects of the music industry and were often publicised as leaders of the era’s youth and sociocultural movements.

Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles evolved from Lennon’s previous group, the Quarrymen, and built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over three years from 1960, initially with Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act, and producer George Martin guided and developed their recordings, greatly expanding their domestic success after their first hit, “Love Me Do”, in late 1962. As their popularity grew into the intense fan frenzy dubbed “Beatlemania”, the band acquired the nickname “the Fab Four”, with Epstein, Martin and other members of the band’s entourage sometimes given the informal title of “fifth Beatle”.

By early 1964, the Beatles were international stars and had achieved unprecedented levels of critical and commercial success. They became a leading force in Britain’s cultural resurgence, ushering in the British Invasion of the United States pop market, and soon made their film debut with A Hard Day’s Night (1964). From 1965 onwards, they produced records of greater sophistication, including the albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), and enjoyed further commercial success with The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”, 1968) and Abbey Road (1969). Heralding the album era, their success elevated the album to be the dominant form of record consumption over singles; they also inspired a greater public interest in psychedelic drugs and Eastern spirituality, and furthered advancements in electronic music, album art and music videos. In 1968, they founded Apple Corps, a multi-armed multimedia corporation that continues to oversee projects related to the band’s legacy. After the group’s break-up in 1970, all principal members enjoyed success as solo artists and some partial reunions have occurred. Lennon was murdered in 1980 and Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain musically active.

The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time, with estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide. They hold the record for most number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart (15), most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (20), and most singles sold in the UK (21.9 million). The band received many accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award (for Best Original Song Score for the 1970 documentary film Let It Be) and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and each principal member was inducted individually between 1994 and 2015. In 2004 and 2011, the group topped Rolling Stone’s lists of the greatest artists in history. Time magazine named them among the 20th century’s 100 most important people. (Wikipedia)

Below are images of the Beatles’ big year, in roughly chronological order, as the world discovered Beatlemania.

The Beatles leave London airport in 1964. From left: John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Enthusiastic fans welcomed the Beatles in airports and concert halls around the world in 1964, as Beatlemania swept the globe.
Sightseeing in Paris, on January 15, 1964, the day before their opening at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, three of Britain’s four Beatles pause for a look around on the Champs Elysees. From left John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. In the background is the Arc de Triomphe.
John Lennon, left; George Harrison, center holding guitar; and Ringo Starr from the Beatles, backstage in Versailles, France, on January 15, 1964.
The Beatles perform their first concert outside of Britain, at the Olympia in Paris, on January 17, 1964.
Police hold back screaming fans fighting to get near their idols, the Beatles, when the Liverpool pop group returned to London Airport from Paris, on February 5, 1964. A strong police escort had to accompany the four Beatles from their aircraft to the customs channel.
Three Beatles fans attempt to enter the Customs Hall at London Airport by crawling into the baggage conveyor belt on February 5, 1964.
The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in their New York hotel after their arrival in the U.S. on February 7, 1964. The British rock group, on their first American tour, was pelted with jelly beans and candy kisses by screaming teen-age fans.
The Beatles face the media on their arrival in New York on February 7, 1964.
Beatles fans push forward in hopes of getting a view of the band after their arrival for an American tour in New York on February 7, 1964.
The Beatles on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show in New York, on February 8, 1964.
The British rock and roll group the Beatles are surrounded by photographers on stage at CBS’ Studio 50 before their live television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City on February 9, 1964.
Paul McCartney, 21 years old, on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show with the Beatles, on February 9, 1964.
Paul McCartney, right, shows his guitar to Ed Sullivan before the Beatles’ live television appearance in New York on February 9, 1964. Behind Sullivan, from left, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York on February 9, 1964. An estimated 73 million viewers — more than a third of the U.S. — saw the performance, a record audience at the time.
The Beatles perform at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., during their first American tour.
The British rock and roll group the Beatles perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, on February 12, 1964.
Beatle Paul McCartney flashes a smile as he rushes from New York’s Carnegie Hall after two wild performances on February 12, 1964. Behind him is band mate John Lennon.
The Beatles rehearse for their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1964.
The Beatles take a fake blow from Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami Beach, Florida, on February 18, 1964.
The Beatles wade in the surf in Miami, Florida in February of 1964, with unidentified women.
Two of the Beatles, George Harrison, left, and Ringo Starr, right, at the beach in Miami, Florida, in February of 1964. Others are unidentified.
Policemen good-humoredly control screaming Beatles fans as the Liverpool pop group were welcomed by a group of more than 5,000 on their arrival at London Airport, on February 22, 1964, on their return from America.
The Beatles arrive at London Airport, England, February 22, 1964, after their visit to the United States. In the foreground is Paul McCartney, carrying record albums under his arm (including “Um Um Um Um Um Um – The Best of Major Lance”), and George Harrison, left, talking to John Lennon.
The Beatles (to left of flagpole) are surrounded by newsmen and press photographers and overlooked by hundreds of fans after their arrival at London Airport, England, having flown in from New York on February 22, 1964.
The Beatles rehearse for their forthcoming television show at Wembley studios in London, in April of 1964. In this skit, Ringo Starr, second from left, is costumed as Sir Francis Drake, and the others, from left, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney play Heralds.
Beatle drummer Ringo Starr eases the pain on a wax likeness of himself with a cigarette, during the unveiling ceremony for four wax models of the Beatles at Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks, in London, England, on April 29, 1964.
4,000 Beatles fans gathered in the streets around the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, several hours before the British pop group, The Beatles, arrived on June 4, 1964. Danish police try to hold back the fans from rushing the hotel.
The Beatles during television recordings in Hillegom, Netherlands, on June 5, 1964. Drummer Ringo Starr was briefly hospitalized after a tonsillectomy, and Jimmie Nicol sat in on drums for several concerts.
Dutch fans scream and shout during a performance by the Beatles in Blokker, Netherlands, on June 6, 1964.
Watched by fellow Beatles, Guitarist George Harrison gets the big comb treatment from BOAC stewardess Anne Creech, after their arrival at Windy airport in London, England, on June 7, 1964. From left: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and drummer Jimmy Nicol, who stood in for Ringo Starr for the trip to The Netherlands.
A section of the huge crowd which gathered outside the Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia, on June 16, 1964, to greet the Beatles, during their tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Two Australian soldiers link arms to control a section of the crowd outside the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne on the arrival of the Beatles, on June 14, 1964. Some 300 policemen and 100 soldiers made an attempt to contain 10,000 screaming fans and to keep open a passageway for the singing group’s cars. Like most of the barriers, this one was pushed aside at the height of the crush. The Beatles were eventually taken into the hotel through a back entrance.
Drummer Jimmy Nicol, who had been stand-in for tonsillitis-stricken Beatle Ringo Starr, sits alone and contemplative at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport, while waiting to return home on June 15, 1964. Ringo rejoined the Beatles the day before.
The four members of the Beatles hold a press conference at an undetermined location ca. 1964.
Ringo Starr samples an apple during a visit to Australia House in London, England, in 1964.
The Beatles are suspended in midair above the stage during rehearsal for their part in the charity show “Night of 100 Stars” at the Palladium in London, England, on July 22, 1964.
Just the sight of The Beatles from a distance caused this reaction among a group of girls at the Los Angeles International Airport on August 18, 1964. Airport security kept several thousand youngsters away from the British singers during a brief stopover in Los Angeles en route to San Francisco.
Despite a constant din of screaming teenagers, the Beatles successfully opened their second U.S. tour in San Francisco on August 20, 1964.
A man covers his ears as 18,000 screaming fans react to The Beatles in the Hollywood Bowl, California, during their U.S. concert tour on August 23, 1964.
Police Inspector Carl Bear of Cleveland’s Juvenile Bureau, left, orders George Harrison and the other members of the Beatles, off the stage of the Public hall, Cleveland, Ohio, on September 16, 1964 as teenagers rushed the stage. Bear let the group back on after wailing youngsters were given 15 minutes to cool down.
The British rock and roll band the Beatles perform at the Memorial Coliseum in Dallas, Texas, on September 18, 1964 on their second U.S. tour.
A tearful Beatle lover pleads unsuccessfully with a policeman to carry her fan button to Ringo Starr, one of the four mop-top singers who drew squeals and shrieks from more than 30,000 spectators at two Indiana State Fair shows in Indianapolis on September 4, 1964.

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