Meet the Beatles…Again in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Their First U.S. Visit
It was 50 years ago in February that the Beatles forever changed popular music and culture. On Feb. 7, they arrived at New York's JFK Airport to a surprisingly shocking throng of new fans. Two days later, they performed for the first time ever on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
These landmark events are being celebrated and remembered with a slew of activity. First, on Jan. 21, Capitol Records released "The U.S. Albums" boxed set, a 13-CD collection featuring the American versions of the Beatles albums. (Capitol, which was late to embrace the Beatles, released their albums with different track lists, mixes, album titles, and cover art than their U.K. counterparts).
Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr appeared Sunday at the 56 Annual Grammy Awards. Ringo played his 1973 hit "Photograph," as photos of the Fabs were shown on screen. He later joined McCartney's band on "Queenie Eye," a track from Macca's latest album, New. The widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, were also on hand to present the Album of the Year Award. Prior to the telecast, the Beatles were honored by the Recording Academy with a Lifetime Achievement Award.