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Beatles fans at first US concert
LIFE.com has rare photos of the Beatles’ first concert in America on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York. 

Beatles first concert

The Beatles’ first concert in America took place at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a surprisingly intimate affair, with the band playing on a small stage literally feet from the fans.

Here are the faces of the first Americans to see the Beatles in concert, what the first rumblings of Beatlemania looked and felt like, as the lads from Liverpool took the United States, and the world, by storm.

Go to LIFE.com for 19 more photos from the historic performance.

( Stan Wayman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Screaming fans

The Beatles’ first concert in America took place at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a surprisingly intimate affair, with the band playing on a small stage literally feet from the fans.

Here are the faces of the first Americans to see the Beatles in concert, what the first rumblings of Beatlemania looked and felt like, as the lads from Liverpool took the United States, and the world, by storm.

Go to LIFE.com for 19 more photos from the historic performance.

( Stan Wayman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Beatlemania

The Beatles’ first concert in America took place at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a surprisingly intimate affair, with the band playing on a small stage literally feet from the fans.

Here are the faces of the first Americans to see the Beatles in concert, what the first rumblings of Beatlemania looked and felt like, as the lads from Liverpool took the United States, and the world, by storm.

Go to LIFE.com for 19 more photos from the historic performance.

( Stan Wayman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Feeling the music

The Beatles’ first concert in America took place at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a surprisingly intimate affair, with the band playing on a small stage literally feet from the fans.

Here are the faces of the first Americans to see the Beatles in concert, what the first rumblings of Beatlemania looked and felt like, as the lads from Liverpool took the United States, and the world, by storm.

Go to LIFE.com for 19 more photos from the historic performance.

( Stan Wayman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Getting emotional

The Beatles’ first concert in America took place at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a surprisingly intimate affair, with the band playing on a small stage literally feet from the fans.

Here are the faces of the first Americans to see the Beatles in concert, what the first rumblings of Beatlemania looked and felt like, as the lads from Liverpool took the United States, and the world, by storm.

Go to LIFE.com for 19 more photos from the historic performance.

( Stan Wayman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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The Beatles’ first concert in America took place at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a surprisingly intimate affair, with the band playing on a small stage literally feet from the fans.

Here are the faces of the first Americans to see the Beatles in concert, what the first rumblings of Beatlemania looked and felt like, as the lads from Liverpool took the United States, and the world, by storm.

Go to LIFE.com for 19 more photos from the historic performance.

( Stan Wayman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Beatles fans at first US concert

LIFE.com has rare photos of the Beatles’ first concert in America on February 11, 1964, two days after their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York. 

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