Fifty years have passed since the Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York City. After the gig, the Fab Four punched their ticket to ride with a North American tour.
From the moment they landed in New York on Feb. 7, the British pop quartet was beset by fans. Yet, the Beatles did manage to find some down time in the Big Apple, including an outing to Central Park. John, Paul and Ringo took in the park.
The Beatles were a smash on "The Ed Sullivan Show." An estimated 7 million people watched on television- a viewership record at the time.
After "Ed Sullivan" and a concert in Washington, D.C., the Beatles headed south to Florida.Young fans, mostly women, waited for the Beatles to arrive at Miami International Airport on Feb. 13. The ecstatic girls jumped the rail moments later.
The Beatles prepared for an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from Miami. While there, they called on another quickly rising star -- heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay Jr., later known as Muhammad Ali. The quartet posed with him on Feb. 18.
An estimated crowd of 11,000 packed the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the Beatles perform on Aug. 20. In a story about the concert, a Las Vegas Sun reviewer observed that females outnumbered males in the audience "by as much as 10-to-one."
The Beatles appeared at a press event a few moments before their concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum on Aug. 21. One questioner asked if the lads had done any fishing while in Seattle. The Beatles replied yes, but noted they didn't catch anything.
The business of escorting rock stars to the stage was something new to police in 1964. Here, Seattle officers lead the Beatles toward the floor of the Seattle Center Coliseum for a concert on Aug. 21.
The Fab Four had a gig at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 23. Here, members of the Beatles Boosters Fan Club display wrath over a traffic ticket given Paula Glosser, left, when they pursued the car carrying their heroes in Los Angeles.
The Beatles, from left, Ringo, Paul, George and John, relax on the lawn of their rented Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles in August 1964. They enjoyed their first "holiday" in weeks.
The Beatles performed at the Cincinnati Gardens on Aug. 27. The event literally became one of the hottest in Cincinnati in 1964, as the venue's room temperature reached a reported 115 degrees, causing some fans to faint.
At a media gathering at Milwaukee Arena on Sept. 4, Paul McCartney called the police the "naughty police," because they had the Beatles use a sneaky exit from Mitchell International Airport, rather than traveling past fans, which the band preferred.
The Beatles perform at Milwaukee Arena Sept. 4. The Milwaukee Journal's Gerald Kloss wrote that the four looked "even more cuddly than they had on the 'Ed Sullivan' TV shows."
The Beatles perform at the Chicago International Amphitheater on Sept. 5. The Beatles' paycheck for their half hour show? $30,000. Ratio of fans to police, ushers and firefighters? 20:1.
The Motor City was among a handful of tour stops fortunate enough to host two Beatles concerts on the same day. (Clockwise from right foreground) John, George, Paul and Ringo played before 15,000 at each show at Olympia Stadium in Detroit on Sept. 6.
Police had their hands full when the Beatles walked into Olympia Stadium in Detroit for their concerts on Sept. 6. The crowd tries to reach for a member of the group as they passed.
As the tour neared its end in Dallas, newscaster Bert Shipp (center) scored an interview with all four Beatles. But all did not go well at the Memorial Coliseum show on Sept. 18. The concert was delayed after a bomb threat. No bomb was found.