In 1964, the world's greatest rock and roll band invaded the United States. charts and proceeded to make music history and become famous worldwide.(Eder 1) The Beatles are the most famous musicians in the world, and 1964 was their invasion into the United States.
The single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand," was the Beatles" first domestically released single.(Beatles 2) Capitol Records released it on an independent label.(Eder 3) Shortly after its release to the public on December 26, 1963, it was a number one request for many young teenagers on the radio, according to the Billboard Music Charts. It would only be two months after this that the Beatles would be appearing before a nation wide audience on The Ed Sullivan show.(Eder 3).
The Ed Sullivan show appearance would not be the first, however. The Beatles drew seventy million viewers on their rookie performance.(Ebert 1) Ed, seeing the ratings they drew and crowd reaction that these four young men from Liverpool received, decided he would have them back on the show numerous times.(McCartney 214) After this appearance the Beatles" record sales outsold the, thought to be, unbreakable numbers in the United Kingdom. One month later after this appearance, the Beatles would have the top five best selling slots on the United States music charts. The critics bashed the Beatles during their 1964 through 1970 career run. Most critics, when asked, said they were nothing more than just the "flavor of the week" and said that they should absorb all the fifteen minutes of fame they could absorb.
During their early career run in 1964, the Beatles were characterized by a few things. The songs were mostly just simple chords played with backing vocals.(Loder 1) The lyrics also matched the simplicity in that they were about happy things. They had not reached the writing maturity they would later see on such albums like the "White Album" or "Abbey Road.