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People Magazine publishes ‘The Beatles Are Coming!’ commemorative issue

25th November 1963: A group shot of the Beatles, Ringo Starr (in the background), George Harrison (1943 – 2001), Paul McCartney and John Lennon (1940 – 1980), pictured during a performance on Granada TV’s Late Scene Extra television show filmed in Manchester, England on November 25, 1963. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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 BeatlesAmerica 1964. reported American Theatermagazine 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.