50 years ago today the Fab Four emerge from a plane at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, before a throng of hysterical fans, on February 7, 1964.
This Week in Universal News: The Beatles Come to America
On this day, fifty years ago, the Beatles landed at New York City’s recently renamed John F. Kennedy airport. Here’s the report from Universal, complete with John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s trademark charm, screaming teenagers, and a condescending narrator that clearly does not take these Liverpudlians (or their fans) seriously.
From the release sheet:
QUICK, FRED, THE FLIT: There are rumors around that this is Britain’s revenge for the Boston Tea Party. You guessed it … the Beatles have arrived in the United States for their first appearance before an idolizing teen-age crowd, with the St. Vitus bounce. They take an airing in Central Park. No. There is no truth to the buzz that the Zoo’s laughing hyena was driven underground.
“He was about 10 days away from his death,
as I recall. We joked about things – just amusing, nutty stuff. It was good. It was like we were dreaming. He was my little baby brother,
almost, because I’d known him that long.”
I love time travel/alternate universes, and I love The Beatles.
Let’s combine the two.
James Richards (a pseudonym) claims that on September 9, 2009 (yes on 9/9/09) he came into the possession of a cassette tape of a Beatles album that was never released. “In fact, not only was it never released,” Richards says on his site, “but it was recorded many years after they broke up (and no I’m not talking about Klaatu).”
He claims that he was transported to an alternative universe one day after tripping and getting knocked out. A man named Jonas found him while he was unconcious, and in-order to help him, transported him to the Earth he was from. Jonas told him about all the similarites and differences between their Earths. The topic of The Beatles came up and James found out that in this universe, The Beatles had not broken up, in fact, they had made a new album.
Jonas showed him the tape and while he was looking away, James stole it. When he was transported back, he had the tape as proof. James has uploaded the songs on the tape to youtube.