54 years ago today, about four thousand Beatles’ fans were at London’s Heathrow …
Written by megarock on February 7, 2018
54 years ago today, about four thousand Beatles’ fans were at London’s Heathrow Airport to see The Beatles off for their first trip as a band to the US. The band was traveling with their entourage of photographers and journalists, and Phil Spector. When the group arrived at New York’s newly renamed John F. Kennedy Airport, they were greeted by a second large crowd, with Beatles fans again estimated at four thousand, and about 200 journalists.
After a press conference, where they first met disc jockey Murray the K, the Beatles were put into limousines—one per Beatle—and driven to New York City. On the way, McCartney turned on a radio and listened to a running commentary: “They have just left the airport and are coming to New York City…” When they got to the Plaza Hotel, there were more fans and reporters.
The 2nd British Invasion was on!
How many of you saw them on this tour?