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October 10, 2015

Rare Color Photographs of The Beatles' First U.S. Tour in 1964

An estimated four thousand Beatles' fans were present on 7 February 1964 as Pan Am Flight 101 left Heathrow Airport. Among the passengers were the Beatles, on their first trip to the United States as a band, with their entourage of photographers and journalists, and Phil Spector.

When the group arrived at New York's newly renamed John F. Kennedy Airport, they were greeted by a second large crowd, with Beatles fans again estimated to number four thousand, and journalists, two hundred. From having so many people packed in a little space, a few people in the crowd got injured. The airport had not previously experienced such a large crowd.

These rare color photographs were taken during the Fab Four's 1964 visit to the U.S., when color film was expensive and most images of the group were in black and white. The images were taken by Dr. Robert Beck, who died in 2002 and left them in an archive of photographs and slides in his Hollywood home.

(Images © Dr Robert Beck/Omega Auctions/PA)


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