SHOWCASE ITEMS  |  THE BEATLES FIRST U.S. VISIT


The Beatles' rise to prominence in the United States on February 7, 1964 was a significant development in the history of the band's commercial success. In addition to establishing the Beatles' international stature, it changed attitudes to popular music in the United States.

An estimated four thousand Beatles' fans were present on February 7, 1964 As Pan Am Flight 101 left Heathrow Airport. Among the passengers were the Beatles, on their first trip to the U.S. as a band, with their entourage of photographers and journalists, and Phil Spector. When the group arrived at New York's newly renamed John F. Kennedy Airport, they were greeted by a second large crowd, with Beatles fans again estimated to number four thousand, and journalists, two hundred. From having so many people packed in a little space, a few people in the crowd got injured. The airport had not previously experienced such a large crowd.

After a press conference, where they first met disc jockey Murray the K, the Beatles were put into limousines - one per Beatle - and driven to New York City. After reaching the Plaza Hotel, the Beatles were besieged by fans and reporters.

ON SUNDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 9, 1964, THE BEATLES PERFORMED ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW  BEFORE A THEN-RECORD AMERICAN TELEVISION AUDIENCE OF OVER 73 MILLION PEOPLE. THE SOUND AND IMAGES OF THE GROUP'S PERFORMANCE WAS FOREVER EMBEDDED IN THEIR MINDS, ALONG WITH MEMORIES OF WHERE THEY WERE WHEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED AND WHEN MAN FIRST WALKED ON THE MOON.

THE DAY AFTER THEIR TRIUMPHANT ED SULLIVAN SHOW  APPEARANCE, THE BEATLES HELD A SERIES OF PRESS CONFERENCES AT THE PLAZA HOTEL. REPORTERS RECEIVED A SPECIALLY-STICKERED COPY OF the "MEET THE BEATLES!" lp album CONTAINING GLOSSY PHOTOS, THE NATIONAL RECORD NEWS  TABLOID AND BIOGRAPHIES. THE GROUP ALSO RECEIVED GOLD RECORD AWARDS FOR "MEET THE BEATLES!" AND THE "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND" 45 SINGLE PRESENTED TO THEM BY CAPITOL RECORDS PRESIDENT ALAN LIVINGSTON.

WHAT FOLLOWED WAS an Exhausting itinerary WHICH INCLUDED A CONCERT AT THE WASHINGTON COLISEUM IN WASHINGTON, D.C. ON THE 11TH, THEN TWO CONCERTS AT CARNEGIE HALL ON THE 12TH. THE NEXT DAY THEY FLEW TO MIAMI FOR SOME MUCH DESERVED VACATION TIME AND TO APPEAR AGAIN ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THIS TIME BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE DEAUVILLE HOTEL IN MIAMI BEACH ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16,1964.

ON FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 21, 1964, THE BEATLES BOARDED A PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS BOEING 707, APPROPRIATELY RENAMED JET CLIPPER BEATLES FOR THE JOURNEY BACK TO LONDON. THOUSANDS OF FANS BRAVED THE COLD NEW YORK WINTER NIGHT TO BID THEIR HEROES GOOD-BYE.

FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES CELEBRATES THE 53RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES FIRST U.S. VISIT, BY PRESENTING AND OFFERING THESE OUTSTANDING, RARE SHOWCASE ITEMS PERTAINING TO THOSE HISTORIC, MONUMENTAL AND JOYOUS 15 DAYS IN 1964.

 

  "MEET THE BEATLES"
CAPITOL T-2047 MONO
RELEASED: 1/20/64, EAST COAST, #3 COVER

SIGNED ON THE BACK COVER BY
THE BEATLES

AUTOGRAPHED FEBRUARY 9, 1964
"THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW"
CBS
TELEVISION STUDIO NO. 50,
1697 BROADWAY AT 53RD STREET, NEW YORK CITY

The Beatles' rise to prominence in the United States on February 7, 1964 was a significant development in the history of the band's commercial Success. In addition to establishing the Beatles' international stature, it changed attitudes to popular music in the United States.

ON SUNDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 9, 1964, THE BEATLES PERFORMED ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW  BEFORE A THEN-RECORD AMERICAN TELEVISION AUDIENCE OF OVER 73 MILLION PEOPLE. THE SOUND AND IMAGES OF THE GROUP'S PERFORMANCE WAS FOREVER EMBEDDED IN THEIR MINDS, ALONG WITH MEMORIES OF WHERE THEY WERE WHEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED AND WHEN MAN FIRST WALKED ON THE MOON.

THIS MONAURAL COPY OF CAPITOL'S DEBUT ALBUM "MEET THE BEATLES" WAS AUTOGRAPHED BEAUTIFULLY IN BLUE BALLPOINT ON THE BACK COVER FOR THE LIGHTING TECHNICIAN OF "THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW" ON THE DAY OF THE INFAMOUS PROGRAM, SUNDAY, THE 9TH OF FEBRUARY, 1964.

ACCOMPANIED BY LETTERS OF AUTHENTICITY FROM FRANK CAIAZZO AND PERRY COX. ALSO INCLUDES LETTER OF PROVENANCE FROM A FAMILY MEMBER OF THE CBS LIGHTING TECHNICIAN WHO HAD ACQUIRED THE SIGNATURES.

ITEM#: AA158
PRICE: $110,000


 
   

  "MEET THE BEATLES"
CAPITOL T-2047 MONAURAL
RELEASED:
1/20/64
SCRANTON PRESSING, NO. 3 COVER


INCREDIBLE AND INSANELY RARE

DESIGNATE PROMOTIONAL ISSUE
WITH CAPITOL RECORDS 'RED INK STAMPING'

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CORRECT RARE VERY FIRST LABEL VARIATION WITHOUT THE PUBLISHING CREDITS "BMI" OR "ASCAP".

FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES PROUDLY OFFERS THE EXTRAORDINARILY RARE DESIGNATE PROMOTIONAL ISSUE OF THE GROUP'S CLASSIC FIRST CAPITOL LP ALBUM. THE BACK COVER HAS THE PROMOTIONAL RED INK STAMPING THAT HAS THE PRINT "FREE PROMOTIONAL ALBUM NOT TO BE SOLD", AND RECEIVED BY RADIO STATIONS AND THE PRESS - A FULL WEEK PRIOR TO THE ALBUM'S RELEASE, AND THE BEGINNING OF BEATLEMANIA IN AMERICA.

AS AN ADDED BONUS, AND FOUND SLIPPED INSIDE THE ALBUM COVER IS THIS 14" X 11" TABLOID NEWSPAPER, "NATIONAL RECORD NEWS : SPECIAL BEATLES ISSUE". THESE WERE DISTRIBUTED IN MASS QUANTITIES TO CAPITOL'S SALES FORCE, THE PRESS, AND RADIO STATIONS ALONG WITH COPIES OF "MEET THE BEATLES!". THIS PUBLICATION DATES TO JANUARY 1964. AND IS A FOUR PAGE FOLD OPEN NEWSPAPER TYPE PROMO SHEET AND ACTUALLY PRINTED ON NEWSPAPER STOCK PAPER.

CONDITION: NM- / NM-
ITEM#: PR451
PRICE: $3,775



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  WASHINGTON COLISEUM
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 11, 1964
3RD & M STS, N.E.
WASHINGTON, D.C.


ULTRA-RARE ORIGINAL
CONCERT TICKET STUB

FOLLOWING THEIR TRIUMPHANT DEBUT ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW ON FEBRUARY 9, 1964, THIS STUB IS FROM THE BEATLES VERY FIRST CONCERT IN AMERICA THAT TOOK PLACE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH AT THE WASHINGTON COLISEUM.

FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES PROUDLY OFFERS ONE OF THE RAREST PIECES OF BEATLES CONCERT EPHEMERA AND ONE THAT RARELY SURFACES TODAY. HERE IS AN ORIGINAL 'ARENA' LOCATION 'PURPLE' CONCERT TICKET STUB FROM THE GROUP'S INFAMOUS AND HISTORICAL U.S. FIRST VISIT.

CONDITION: NM-
ITEM#: CA099
PRICE: $3,750


 
 
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