The Beatles in America

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On February 7, 1964 the Beatles made their first visit to America. On the same day just a year before, their first U.S. single had been a total flop. On this edition of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen explores the year leading up to the British invasion with Bruce Spizer, author of The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America. Hear rare outtakes, unreleased versions of some Beatles classics and the story of their journey to America, a story often told ... and often told wrong.

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