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50 years later: Ringo remembers the Beatles’ first magical mystery tour

The Beatles arrived stateside 50 years ago this week. (Image Credit: CBS News)

The Beatles arrived stateside 50 years ago this week. (Image Credit: CBS News)

Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles arrived in the United States and kicked off a frenzied admiration that exists today.

As CBS News reported, Ed Sullivan first noticed the Beatles when “he saw a crowd of teenagers awaiting them at London’s Heathrow airport.”

“He said, ‘Book those boys.’ He didn’t know anything about us. And we certainly didn’t know anything about him,” said Ringo Starr.

Sullivan eventually brought John, Paul, George and Ringo to America to appear on his hit show. The rest is history.

“I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Beatles’ opening song on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” spent seven weeks at No. 1. The band went on to become one of the most recognized and popular acts of the century.

Click here to watch a CBS News report featuring Ringo remembering the Beatles’ first magical mystery tour.