Many people today are remembering that it is the anniversary of when the Beatles first landed in American in 1964. They are posting photos of the Beatles landing at J.F.K. airport or of the funny press conference that happened after they checked through customs. But I am going to take a slightly different approach in honoring this day. I am going to look at the Beatles and their fans who stayed outside of the Plaza Hotel where the fellows stayed while in NYC. The story goes that when Brian booked the Plaza, the Beatles were still unknown in the States and the folks at the Plaza thought they were going to be British business men. Boy were they in for a shock! The Beatles were not welcomed back to stay at the Plaza and stayed at the Warwick during their other tours.
Here is what the Plaza Hotel looked like on the outside while the Beatles were staying there....
While inside of the Plaza, fans were trying to sneak into the hotel to see the Beatles. Many were trying to pretend like they were reporters, maybe it worked? Leaving the hotel was a wild time as well. But they made it.
The best film to watch to get a fan's view of this time in Beatles history is the movie, "I wanna hold your hand." While it is a work of fiction, it really shows how the fans felt and acted during that time. If they ever turn this movie into a musical (which I think they really should do), then I WILL play Rosie. I don't care how old I am, I was born to be Rosie from "I Wanna Hold your Hand."