A new exhibit at the New York Public Library shows how Beatle mania swept the country when the Fab Four stepped off a plane at JFK and onto the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
It's hard to believe but Ed Sullivan famously said, "Ladies and gentleman, The Beatles" a half century ago. They're also the name of a new exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. It was organized by the Grammy museum to show the impact of the Beatles on American culture.
"It's a trip back for some people back in time 50 years ago when they were teenagers but it's also meant to show teenagers today how the Beatles continue to impact us because they do," says The Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.
"You can really learn a lot here and you can just remember and you can remember how wonderful it was for yourself," says New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Executive Director Jaqueline Davis.
And for fans who thinks they've seen it all?
"They didn't. Because what we did for this exhibit was find a photographer who has never before seen photographs of the Beatles and lots of them. His name was Bob Bonnis. Bob Bonnis was the tour manager of the Beatles for the three tours that they did in America in 1964, '65 and '66 and he was a shutterbug," says Santelli.
There's even a recreation of a teenage fan's bedroom circa 1964 and more Beatle mania.
"This is a recreation of a Woolworth's store window from about 1964 and what you see in here is just about every possible thing that could have the Beatles' name on it, it's on it. From coloring books to crayons even Beatles wigs," explains Santelli.
Visitors to the exhibit can even take part in a virtual drum lesson with Ringo Starr.
"Ringo took some time to show us how to do the basic Beatles back beat. Before Ringo most people didn't know the names of the drummers in rock and roll bands and then he comes along and we know him on a first name basis," says Santelli.
And you too can become part of Beatles History.
"Step into this booth here, follow the bouncing ball and give us your Beatles memories and Beatles recollections," suggests Santelli.
And you don't need a ticket to ride as admission is free. All you need is love.