It was 50 years ago in February when four lads from Liverpool, England, took their music to the US and then the rest of the world and changed the musical landscape forever.
After hitting the number one spot on the US music charts The Beatles invaded America with major appearances around the country including on famed variety television programme The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964.
Now 50 years on, a special two hour radio programme celebrates that momentous change in popular music.
Produced and hosted by US radio host Archer, who has been a follower of The Beatles since the invasion in the 1960s, the show has the inside word from key people who were there and helped the band invade America.
Archer hosted a weekly Beatles show, The Beatles Basement, which ran on local Eastern Bay Of Plenty radio station Radio One Double X (1XX) in 2008 and 2009.
The Beatles Invade America 50th Anniversary radio special will air on several New Zealand radio stations at various times during February 7, 8 and 9. The show will run on Mangawhai’s Heads 106.4FM, covering Bream Bay, at 8pm Saturday February 8 and be repeated at 3pm on Sunday February 9. For those out of town or out of the country, it will be streaming online via Heads FM’s Facebook page, on Tunein.com or search for Heads FM in the “Eclectic” section on your iTunes app. The power of the Fab Four is evident by the fact that most of their current fans were not even born when the mop-headed quartet rose to fame. Despite the untimely death of John Lennon and more recently George Harrison, Sir Paul McCartney has kept the flame burning with his musical output as prolific now as it ever was. This celebration of the Beatles on Mangawhai’s Heads FM will be one of those weekends when the airwaves rule over TV and all those great memories come flooding back.