The Beatles Take America, 1964
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When John, Paul, George and Ringo first made it across the pond in 1964 to play before their adoring, screaming fans in the States — including, famously, performances on The Ed Sullivan Show that mark, for many people, the true beginning of rock and roll’s British Invasion — LIFE photographers made photos of the lads from Liverpool that capture their wry spirit, their charm and their youth. (Were they really ever that young?)
Here, then, a short selection of pictures from 1964, when a quartet of mop-topped Brits landed on America’s shores and changed the pop-culture landscape forever.