Beatles fans celebrate 50th anniversary of band first hitting U.S. charts

Local - 2/6/2014 4:00 PM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY - Thursday was historic day for fans of The Beatles.

The British rock band's song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" came in at number one on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart 50 years ago on February 6. The fab four had been touring in Europe at the time but decided they would not perform in America until they had a number one single there. After being notified they hit that mark, the band decided to appear on TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show three nights later.

Groovy 94.1 Program Director Ted Morro believes making it to the U.S. charts was a turning point in The Beatles' career and "open[ed] the floodgate" for bands that followed, such as The Rolling Stones and The Who.

Morro will have an All Beatles Request Show on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Folks can call 304-461-9260 with their favorite Beatles song.


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