This week is the half-century mark of when The Beatles first arrived to the U.S. subsequently unleashing ‘Beatlemania’ across America.
To celebrate this milestone, CBS News uncovered archival footage of what it was like to be a Beatles fan in the 1960s and how ‘Beatlemania’ took over much of the teenage population and beyond.
Screaming fans, police barricades broken through, young girls reduced to tears and fans rushing the Fab Four all highlight this compilation of the frenzy the Beatles caused when they arrived to the states.
At one point, two women who tried sneaking into the band’s hotel were asked by a reporter if they’re ever been this crazy about an entertainer before.
“No, and that’s what’s so amazing. We don’t know why we’re like this,” one of the women replies.
And there really wasn’t any specific reason why fans went so crazy over this mop-topped group. ‘Beatlemania’ was just something that spread like a virus in America and its effects are still as strong to this day.
Watch and relive the days when ‘Beatlemania’ was at its height after The Beatles first arrived to America: