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February Beatles Blog #2

by David Louis

Tuesday, February 4th 1964

*Three days from leaving for America

*Five days from Ed Sullivan Show

The last day in France and the last two Olympia Theatre shows are performed tonight and The Beatles prepare to fly back to London tomorrow. Of course there will be an airport press conference and at that time The Beatles address the “Stamp Out The Beatles” campaign going on in Detroit. In typical Beatles fashions they say don’t miss a Mersey beat with their comeback:

Q: I must tell you, by the way, that Detroit University have got a 'Stamp Out The Beatles' movement.

George: I know, yeah.

John: Yeah, we heard something about that.

Paul: We've got a 'Stamp Out Detroit!'

Q: They think your haircuts are un-American.

John: Well, it was very observant of them because we aren't American, actually.

Paul: True, that.

John: True, true.

As of February, The Beatles American TV exposure was limited to a November 18th four minute piece by Edwin Newman on The Huntley-Brinkley Report and a five minute report on November 2nd on the CBS Morning News. It was all but forgotten after the events in Dallas later on that infamous day. 

Walter Cronkite decided to re-air the piece on the CBS Evening News on December 10th. This jump started America’s interest and led to the fast release of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” which, as of today, had been number one for “one- two-three-FOUR!” days.