Beatles Are Coming coverThe most thorough and accurate book ever published on how Beatlemania evolved in America, this book covers the Beatles first visit to the United States and the events leading up to their arrival on February 7, 1964.

It details why Capitol Records turned the group down four times and tells the stories of two small record labels, Vee-Jay and Swan, who issued the group’s records without success in 1963.

246 pages. 9″ x 12″. full color throughout
ISBN# 09662649-91

“Lavishly illustrated, carefully researched” -The New York Times

“Expansive and authoritative” -The Washington Post

“FOUR STARS” -Rolling Stone

“The Beatles Are Coming! is a thoroughly researched and entertaining account of the group’s first U.S. visit, full of interesting and little known stories about how the Beatles caught on in America.” —From the foreword by Walter Cronkite

“Bruce provides an entertaining journey through Beatlemania through the eyes and ears of America.” —Alan Livingston, president of Capitol Records (1962-1968)

“Bruce Spizer is the ultimate presenter of the historical phenomenon known as the Beatles.” —Ken Mansfield, first U.S. manager of Apple Records




Slipcase Edition

Beatles are coming slipcaseComes with attractive slipcase. The books are not numbered – all 500 numbers have sold out. This edition is available only through 498 Productions.


Collector’s Edition

Beatles are coming slipcaseSigned & numbered. Limited to 200 copies.

This Collectors Edition is available only through 498 Productions.


Beatles Are Coming

February 7, 1964 The Beatles arrive in New York

February 7, 1963 Please Please Me single released in America

February 11, 1963 The Beatles record their first album

February 22, 1963 Love Me Do released in Canada

May 6, 1963 From Me To You released in America on Vee-Jay

June 22, 1963 Vee-Jay masters its Introducing The Beatles LP

August 8, 1963 EMI terminates its licensing agreements with Vee-Jay

September 16, 1963 She Loves You released in America on Swan

November 5, 1963 Manager Brian Epstein visits New York

November 15, 1963 Time and Newsweek run stories on the Beatles

November 22, 1963 With The Beatles released in the UK

November 25, 1963 Capitol of Canada releases Beatlemania! LP

December 4, 1963 Capitol announces its signing of the Beatles

December 26, 1963 Capitol releases I Want To Hold Your Hand

January 3, 1964 A clip of the Beatles shown on The Jack Paar Program

January 10, 1964 Vee-Jay releases Introducing The Beatles

January 13, 1964 Capitol sues Vee-Jay

January 16, 1964 The Beatles learn I Want To Hold Your Hand is No. 1 in America

January 20, 1964 Capitol releases Meet The Beatles!

February 3, 1964 Capitol of Canada releases Twist And Shout LP

February 4, 1964 Capitol prepares for the Beatles arrival

February 7, 1964 The Beatles first night in New York

February 8, 1964 The Beatles second day in New York

February 9, 1964 The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show .

February 10, 1964 The Beatles marathon press conferences at the Plaza Hotel

February 11, 1964 The Beatles first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C.

February 12, 1964 The Beatles play Carnegie Hall

February 13-20, 1964 The Beatles vacation in Miami and appear on The Ed Sullivan Show

February 21, 1964 The Beatles head home


The Third Sullivan Show

What If Capitol Records Had Released

She Loves You ?

Radio, Radio Magazines


Miscellaneous Myths

The Ed Sullivan Show Remembered


Fab Four Firsts In America

How Vee-Jay Squeezed 16 Or So Records From 16 Beatles Songs

Beatles American Discography, 1962-1964


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