Out on newsstands is People magazine's commemorative issue celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Beatles landing in America. The new 96-page issue is a revamped version of the 2014 50th anniversary salute, now titled, Celebrating Beatlemania! The Beatles – America 1964. People.com reported American Theater magazine editor Rob Weinert-Kendt wrote in the foreword, “Thanks to generations of new fans joining the still-devout baby boomer Beatlemaniacs, the band is bigger now than it was during the Beatles’ meteoric decade-long career.”
The Beatles' first visit began on February 7th, 1964, when the “Fab Four” that landed at New York's JFK Airport launching what has become known as the “British Invasion.” All told, the group's trip took in three appearances on CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show — one being pre-taped prior to their first live appearance, and two full-scale concerts: the first at Washington, D.C.'s Washington Coliseum on February 11th — one year to the day of recording their debut UK album, Please Please Me — and a second show on February 12th at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall. The band departed the States from Miami back to England on February 22nd, 1964.
Martin Lewis, a noted Beatles aficionado who's occasionally done publicity for the group, explained just how absolute manager Brian Epstein's belief was in the Beatles: “Fairly early on, the first thing that Brian Epstein said was, 'They will be bigger than Elvis.' This was the most ludicrous, preposterous statement imaginable. The Beatles were a bunch of scruffy lads, working class lads from Liverpool, a provincial city in England. No British artist had ever been successful in America — let alone the opportunity of being as dominant as Elvis Presley. Within two-and-a-half years of making that statement, the Beatles were bigger than Elvis Presley.”