For many people, it seems like yesterday, but it was actually 50 years ago this Sunday, when The Beatles made millions of Americans twist and shout during their first American performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on CBS. The British band was an instant smash in the U.S. performing their hit song, "I Want to Hold Your Hand', and their music can still draw a crowd here in South Dakota 50 years later.
Hundreds of Beatles fans, young and old, packed the Washington Pavilion to watch tribute band, Rain, rock out to some of The Beatles greatest hits. Each member of the crowd had their own personal history with the real John, Paul, George and Ringo.
"My dad listened to them and I grew up listening to them," Adam Huff said.
"When I was in high school, that was the band. I had all their posters and pictures and every magazine that had them in back when they were beginning," Colleen Harvey said.
On February 9th, 1964, on the Ed Sullivan show, with 700 screaming fans in the studio and 73-million more watching at home, The Beatles kicked off what was called the British invasion. Though they had their critics, they also had more fans than they expected.
"I don't know. There was an attraction to them that you just loved, kind of like an Elvis thing on a different situation. Very much, it was just a very easy to like kind of band," Harvey said.
It still is. You only have to look at the response of today's crowd to the classic tunes to see The Beatles are still a hit.
"It says a lot about the popularity of the band. If you can get this many people to come out 44 years after the band broke up to see a tribute band that plays all their music. It means quite a bit to see how many people are still into this kind of music," Huff said.
Ringo and Paul McCartney, the two surviving Beatles, rarely play together these days. They did however recently reunite for a concert to be broadcast this Sunday night on CBS.