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We Wanna Hold Your Hand How the Beatles took America It is now 630 AM Beatle time The left London 30 minutes ago Theyre out over the Atlantic Ocean heading for New York The temperature is 32 Beatle DegreesSzatmary 113 The transistor radio reported every few minutes on the morning of Friday February 7 1964 It was a day that would mark a musical milestone sending shockwaves through the United States The plane landed the Beatles stepped out and for the first time Americans caught a glimpse of these young men with their long hair and their mod cut suits The Beatles had landed Elvis had left the building and for the first time Americans were embracing a British band as the standard Rather than crediting the Beatles and their promoters for their success credit should be given to Americans alone America created its own need for The Beatles priming the country for a fun and fresh act in a time of mourning and melancholy They were the right act at the right time with a built in audience According to author Nicholas Schaffner the most widely accepted explanation for the success of The Beatles draws a parallel between the assassination of President John F Kennedy in November of 1963 and the groups arrival in February of 1964 After the assassination of the President the country found itself in a deep state of mourning and melancholy was rampant In a country that seemed so invulnerable to harm everything was lost in a single moment By January the American people wanted so desperately to hear something happy to find some sort of diversion from the morbid tragedy that had shook their lives America needed a tonic enter The Beatles Schaffner 32 The examples of Beatlemania are well known screaming girls clamoring for a touch a smile a wave Just as in England the previous year Beatlemania swept across the United States Schaffner 31 The
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