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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…THE BEATLES!

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LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN…THE BEATLES!
On Display
AVAILABLE OCT. 2021

In 1964, The Beatles came to America for one final tour. Their journey in America began on Friday, February 7 of that year, when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the UK at the newly named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts and tears of New York-area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers—at the time a television record. And just like that Beatlemania was upon us.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock and roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. This exhibit covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music.  On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, and interactive displays.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! provides fresh new insight into how and why The Beatles impacted America in the 1960s—and beyond.

Exhibition Contents:

  • Clothing worn by the band, including the jacket worn by Paul McCartney during The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert; a pair of John Lennon’s iconic glasses
  • Original lyric sheets written by Paul McCartney
  • Hand-written setlists from The Beatles’ concerts
  • Rare footage of The Beatles’ 1964 performance at The GRAMMY Awards
  • Guitars owned by George Harrison, Elvis Presley, and Buddy Holly
  • Gold record presented to The Beatles by Capitol Records
  • Venue contracts from the band’s American tours
  • Kid-friendly, interactive elements including a virtual drumming lesson from Ringo Starr

Educational Resources/Curriculum:

  • America Before Beatlemania
  • Beatlemania, An Oral History
  • Mania in the Recording Studio
  • This is Beatlemania

Exhibition Tour:

  • Feb. 6, 2014 through May 10, 2014: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (New York, NY)
  • June 5, 2014 through Sept. 7, 2014: Midwest Music Museum at Mall of America (Minneapolis, Minn.)
  • Oct.10, 2014 through Jan.18, 2015: HISTORYMIAMI (Miami, FL)
  • Feb. 4, 2015 through May 24, 2015: Woody Guthrie Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • June 13, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016: LBJ Presidential Library (Austin, Texas)
  • March 5, 2016 through June 12, 2016: GRAMMY Museum Missisissippi (Cleveland, Miss.)
  • July 1, 2016 through Sept. 5, 2016: GRAMMY Museum L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles, Calif)
  • Oct. 8, 2016 through April 2, 2017: Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Feb. 2018 through April 2018: Osaka, Japan
  • May 10, 2019 through Nov. 12, 2019: Oregon Historical Society (Portland, Ore.)
  • Two new un-announced tour dates

For more information, please contact [email protected]