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Forty Years Later: Beatlemania is Still Going Strong.

Sunday was a historic day in rock and roll.

Forty years ago, the Beatles landed in the United States for the first time.kick starting a musical revolution.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. arrived at John F. Kennedy airport to thousands of screaming fans.

The group later performed on the popular Ed Sullivan show.

It was a special time in music history, one that music fans will always remember. WRHQ Disc Jockey Jerry Rogers was in New York City when the Beatles first arrived, and said they got here just in time.

"The time was right for the Beatles, and I think a lot of it had to do with President Kennedy's assassination.The country was just in a funk," said Rogers.

But after the Beatles arrived, things started to change. "The big top 40's station at that time, WABC, immediately changed their logo sign to call themselves WA Beatles C, " said Rogers, "Numerous disc jockey's annointed themselves the fifth Beatles."

Jerry got into the radio business not long after that, and said the Beatles not only changed the style of music, but broke musical records that have never been topped. "There was one time that they had the top 5 songs.the top five on the billboard hot 100 chart.and 14 of the top 100 in the country," remembered Rogers.

The Fab Four just released a new D-V-D of their first trip to the United States, called " The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit". It features the only film made of them backstage and in hotel rooms during that period.

Reported by: Melanie Ruberti,

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