It's been 55 years since the Beatles released their first US album

music news 15/01/2019

On January 10th, 1964 - exactly 55 years ago last week - the Beatles released their first US album Introducing The Beatles.

Although they had already released two records previously in the UK ('Please Please Me' and 'With The Beatles'), this was their debut American full-length. The band famously made their first trip over to the states about a month after Introducing The Beatles' release, landing at JFK airport in NYC with thousands of screaming fans waiting to greet and chase them. They made their live American TV debut just a few days later. 

It wouldn't be classified as one of their best albums by most, but Introducing The Beatles still stands up today with songs like 'Love Me Do', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and their cover of 'Twist and Shout'. The album went to number two on the Billboard charts and was later certified Platinum. Various different tracklists were released, with the first version containing 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You', and the second swapping these out for 'Ask Me Why' and 'Please Please Me'. 

Watch the groups first US TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan show above, performing 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' on the 9th February 1964.