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The day The Beatles conquered America

  • On Saturday April 4, 1964 The Beatles made history in America, occupying the top five positions of the US singles chart. 'Can't Be Me Love', 'Twist And Shout', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'She Loves You' and 'Please Please Me' saw off all competition. This shot is from a new book, 'Mania Days', which documents that crazy period. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • 1964 saw The Beatles' first trip to America. Although they'd fine-tuned their sound in Liverpool and Hamburg, and won over large swathes of the rest of the world, this was unknown territory. The whole trip is documented in a new book of photographs, titled 'Mania Days'. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • Beatlemania went Stateside in 1964, as the Fab Four flew over to a rapturous response. A booking on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' gave them their first proper exposure, and things snowballed from there. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein wanted no photographers on tour during 1964, but fortunately he eventually caved in, and let legendary snapper Curt Gunther come along for the ride. The result is a beautiful new book, 'Mania Days', which charts that historic tour. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • 'Mania Days' is a new book that sees photographer Curt Gunther join The Beatles as they chartered a Lockheed Electra jet around North America, sprinkling Beatlemania wherever they went. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • 'Mania Days' is a new photography book that follows The Beatles on their whistlestop maiden voyage across America. Despite several newspapers dismissing them as a fad during the first week, they went on to conquer the whole country. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • It was 45 years ago today (almost) that The Beatles held all five positions at the top of the US singles chart. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' on its own had sold a million copies in a week before their trip over. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • 'Mania Days' is a new book documenting The Beatles' first US tour in 1964. Priced at £190, there's only 2,500 copies available. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • The late, great photographer Curt Gunther got exclusive access to The Beatles during their 1964 US tour. His book documents every aspect of their lives from the stage to the dressing room, press calls, meeting fans and relaxing. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • 1964 was the year The Beatles conquered America. It's also the year they released the film 'A Hard Day's Night' in the UK and completed their first tour of Australia. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • The Beatles' huge success during the early '60s - both at home and as international ambassadors - saw them rewarded with MBEs by the Queen in 1965. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • Over 3,000 people turned up to meet the Beatles at New York's JFK airport, the largest they'd ever seen. The following morning they performed to 74 million viewers - half the population at the time - on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'. Neil Aspinall replaced George Harrison for the performance, as he was in bed with a fever. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • America had been pre-warned about Beatlemania before their visit. A five minute documentary on the phenomenon on England had been aired on CBS in December 1963. However, nothing could have fully prepared them for the full 1964 invasion. Pic: 'Mania Days' is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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  • Mania Days is a new, limited edition collection of photography by Curt Gunther, which follows The Beatles during their 1964 tour of America. Head to the website for full details. Pic: Mania Days is available from Genesis Publications/ www.genesis-publications.com

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