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I Want To Hold Your Hand

Today fifty years ago the Beatles debuted a new song — ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ at a show in London.  Roughly a month would pass and the Beatles would have their first US hit and Beatlemania would sweep from the UK to the US.

The single of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ wasn’t scheduled for release in the US until Jan 1964; however, DC deejay Carroll James had started playing a UK import which caused Capitol records to release the single before the end of 1963.

Then on 9 Feb 1964, when ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ was in the seventh week at number one and over two million copies cold in the US, the Beatles appears on the Ed Sullivan Show and the British invasion was born.


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