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Beatlemania swept across North America when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. The decade of the 1960’s seemed to change overnight from black and white to color as a generation fell under the influence of the group’s music, style and personalities.

Hot on the success of their film A Hard Day’s Night, the Beatles 1964 summer tour filled auditoriums with screams of delight and excitement – and in some cases, full-blown fan hysteria. This was the case on September 15th in Cleveland, Ohio when police stopped the show in mid-performance and ordered the Beatles off the stage. The next year, they were banned from appearing in the city.

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