The Beatles are coming -- again

For the Record

February 08, 2004|By Los Angeles Times

Forty years ago tomorrow, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, at 8 p.m., almost 75 million Americans -- nearly half of those watching television -- tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show to watch a mop-haired band from Liverpool, England, make their American debut.

Forty years later, that band -- the Beatles, of course -- is no longer around, but its profile seems as big as ever, and this 40th anniversary of their arrival in the United States is going anything but unnoticed.

Right now, you can find the Beatles:

* In print: Historian Bruce Spizer's The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America; broadcast journalist Larry Kane's Ticket to Ride, chronicling his travels with the group on its 1964 and 1965 U.S. concert tours; veteran Beatles photographer Robert Freeman's The Beatles: A Private View.

* On DVD: The Four Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles; The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, an expanded two-disc version of Albert and David Maysles' 1964 film documentary on early Beatlemania.

* On TV: Most networks and cable news channels will devote pieces to the Beatles. And tonight's Grammy Awards broadcast on CBS will salute the impact of the group's network debut.

* On exhibit: The Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles and New York is holding a three-month exhibition, The Beatles in America, through May 2.

* Online: A Web site -- www.thefab40.com -- is keeping tabs on products, events and activities related to the anniversary. Another -- www.thebeatles-arecoming.com -- refers to Spizer's book with information from court records and record company documents relating to the group's launch in the States.

The Los Angeles Times is a Tribune Publishing newspaper. Sun news services contributed to this report.

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