A British-invasion Time Line

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June 29: American singer Del Shannon (who’s had hits with “Runaway” and “Hats Off to Larry”) releases his recording of the Lennon and McCartney song “From Me to You.” The record enters Billboard ’s Top Hundred chart and stalls.

August 3: The Beatles’ own recording of “From Me to You” enters the American charts at No. 125 and fades from there.

September 16: “She Loves You,” which is, at this date, the No. 12 single in the United Kingdom, is released in the United States on the Swan record label. The record goes nowhere.

December 26: With Britain in the throes of Beatlemania, Capitol Records, the American subsidiary of the Beatles’ EMI record label (which so far has turned down the rights to release every single the group has released in the U.K.), issues a rush release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and its B side, “I Saw Her Standing There.”


January 20: Capitol Records releases the Beatles’ first American LP, Meet the Beatles .

February 7: The Beatles arrive in the U.S. for their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Breathless crowds await the band; Beatlemania hits our shores.

February 9: The Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” playing to seventy-three million viewers, the largest television audience to date.

February 12: The Beatles play two shows at Carnegie Hall.

February 15: A Billboard magazine story is headlined U.S. ROCKS AND REELS FROM BRITISH INVASION—BEATLES BEGIN NEW BRITISH ARTIST PUSH . By now the Beatles have five singles in the magazine’s Top Hundred and three albums in the Top LP chart.

March 14: According to Billboard , the Beatles’ output has claimed 60 percent of the U.S. singles market. Two days later Capitol releases “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Advance orders for the single total two million.

March 21: The Searchers’ “Needles and Pins,” co-written by Sonny Bono (of Sonny and Cher), enters the Top Forty chart, where it will peak at No. 13, selling more than a million copies. The Liverpool quartet, surfing the Beatles’ wake, will turn out seven Top Forty hits.

April 4: The Beatles hold the top five positions on the Top Hundred singles chart. A day later the Searchers appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the second British Invasion band to do so.

May 30: The Dave Clark Five, with two Top Ten hits, “Glad All Over” and “Bits and Pieces,” play Carnegie Hall.

June 1: The Rolling Stones land at JFK and two days later make their American television debut on “The Hollywood Palace,” hosted by Dean Martin.

June 6: The Beatles’ Merseybeat brethren Gerry and the Pacemakers’ first single, “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” becomes a Top Forty summertime-radio staple, eventually peaking at No. 4.

June 10: “A Hard Day’s Night,” the theme song to the Beatles’ film mockumentary of the mania they live in, is released as a single, along with an LP of the same name.

June 15: The British folk duo Peter and Gordon arrive in the U.S. on the strength of a huge U.K. hit, “World Without Love,” which will eventually go to No. 1 in the U.S. The song was written for them by Lennon and McCartney.

July 11: Dusty Springfield’s “Wishin’ and Hopin’” enters the U.S. Top Forty chart. Later in the summer it will hit No. 6 and become one of Springfield’s eleven Top Forty singles.

August 7: The Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night opens in the U.S. Time’s review is headlined BEATLES BLOW IT . The movie takes in $1.3 million in its first week.

August 19: The Beatles start their U.S. tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

August 22: “It’s All Over Now,” the second Rolling Stones single to be released in the States (the first was “Tell Me [You’re Coming Back]“), enters the Top Forty for a sixweek stay, where it will top out at No. 26.

September 4: The Animals debut their English hit single “House of the Rising Sun” before American audiences at the start of a ten-nightstand at New York’s Brooklyn Paramount Theater.

September 12: Manfred Mann’s first single, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” enters the Billboard Top Forty, where it will reside for three months, including two weeks at No. 1.

September 16: “Shindig” premieres on ABC-TV, becoming the nation’s showcase for the fresh product of the British Invaders.