The British invaded America and there was no way to stop them. It all started 50 years ago today on December 26, 1963 when Capitol Records released The Beatles song “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Beatlemania was about to spread across America like an airborne virus infecting thousands of American teenagers. Within a month of the songs release it had climbed to the number one spot on the Cash Box and Bill Board magazines’ song rating charts. On Sunday February 9, 1964 The Beatles performed “I Want to Hold Your Hand” live on the Ed Sullivan television show. That night seventy three million Americans got to see first hand the affects Beatlemania had on innocent teenagers. Here is that performance:
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