Exactly 52 years ago, February 7, 1964, a Pan Am airplane taxied down the runway of JFK’s airport as an overwhelming crowd of teenage girls screamed as the Beatles prepared to disembark. That day would start a movement that would negatively change our American culture.
Although the Beatles dressed conservatively and had all the polished charm and wit of proper young British gentlemen, it later became evident that they had an evil agenda to fulfill. Before the Beatles came to the U.S., they had already been at the top of the British charts with a number of melodious songs about innocent, adolescent love. Their music was a style of pop and rock that nobody in the U.S. had heard before. It was so catching, it inspired other young British musicians to record songs of the same style.
The Beatles were at the front line of the British Invasion. Other bands and individual singers hailed from England to “conquer” the United States with their music and fame. A generation of young people was influenced by their music. Teenage boys wanted to be them. Girls screamed and