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Although they started in Liverpool, the Beatles had fans around the world. The band says they knew they made it big when they realized how popular they were in America. His first foreign trip was filled with great hope. But America loved them. America was no more immune to Beatlemania than Britain. In 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were frequently asked “Are American fans any different from the British?” Here’s Harrison’s take.
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In Harrison’s column for the Daily Express (assisted by Daily Express writer Derek Taylor), he wrote about The Beatles’ first trip to America and the difference between American fans and their fans.
“People have asked me here, ‘Are American fans any different than British? He wrote, as recorded in the book George Harrison on George Harrison. “They really aren’t. They still react the same way and shout the same things, except it’s in an American accent. They use different phrases in their letters. To a guy I have today.” A note came from him who wrote that he had neither father nor brother and asked: ‘Will you be my elder brother?’ This is a new one.”
American fans were different over the phone, apparently too.
“In England if they met on the phone they would be talking and talking forever,” Harrison wrote. “The Americans are sharp and straight to the point. They say: ‘I just want to welcome you to America. I think you’re great. I know you’ll enjoy it here. Goodbye.’”
The Beatles were excited to come to America
The Beatles were famous for their generally scandalous behavior. But they couldn’t help but get excited about playing in the US – about to reach their star power overseas.
“We have one objective: to conquer the United States,” Harrison wrote just before the trip. “We know we can be knocked down and hit hard. No nation likes to be taken by storm by foreigners. And America, the birthplace of pop music, isn’t going to let us go easy.”
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“The build-up in Curiosity value has been tremendous and we expect this to be an advantage,” Harrison wrote. “But there’s a chance that advance propaganda could act against us. We’re completely exposed — naked you might say — and Americans are going to look very tall and very hard at us. ‘Well then,’ they You must be saying with your clever pretentious eyes. ‘You’re here. So what’s good? Show us.’ We look forward to showing them.”
And he did. showed them.
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The Beatles Made In America’s first major performance was on The Ed Sullivan Show.
“It went well,” Harrison wrote of the performance. “Note that we had something good going on for us—the audience. Anything else. Rest. About half an hour before the Ed Sullivan went on the show our press agent, Brian Somerville, handed us a telegram.
The telegram was a note by Elvis Presley to welcome the band to America and wish them well.
“It was a great gesture and made us feel amazing,” Harrison wrote. “So we went into great form in front of the cameras.”
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Like your audience in England, The Ed Sullivan Show The audience was very excited while watching The Beatles (especially a Beatle).
“The audience was spectacular,” Harrison wrote. “They started screaming the second we appeared. Mind you, Ed Sullivan gave us a great build-up. The fans are screaming and cheering like crazy. Especially at Ringo. It looks like he really is.” I have something big for American girls. But he doesn’t know what it is. He just shakes his head and they go crazy.”
And just like that, a few nods sealed the deal. The Beatles had conquered the United States.