Left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney.
Fifty years ago, there was a revolution going on in the music world, and it wasn't an American Revolution. Quite the opposite, really. By the summer of 1964, the British Invasion was in full force, as artists from the UK were entrenched in a hostile take-over of the Billboard charts. It was The Beatles who announced the start of the invasion, with the release of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in December of 1963. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #45, but soon scaled the chart and became the first Lennon/McCartney song to top the chart in the United States. The week of February 1st, the song was #1, and it stayed there for seven straight weeks. And what knocked it out of the top spot? It was "She Loves You", which spent a few weeks at #2, and then two weeks at #1. But it all began with the four lads from Liverpool singing "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
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