A new exhibit at the New York Public Library shows how Beatle mania swept the country when the Fab Four stepped off a plane at JFK and onto the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show. It's hard to believe but Ed Sullivan famously said, "Ladies and gentleman, The Beatles" a half century ago. They're also the name of a new exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. It was organized by the Grammy museum to show the impact of the Beatles on American culture.
"It's a trip back for some people back in time 50 years ago when they were teenagers but it's also meant to show teenagers today how the Beatles continue to impact us because they do," says The Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. "You can really learn a lot here and you can just remember and you can remember how wonderful it was for yourself," says New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Executive Director Jaqueline Davis. And for fans who thinks they've seen it all? "They didn't. Because what we did for this exhibit was find a photographer who has never before seen photographs of the Beatles and lots of them. His name was Bob Bonnis. Bob Bonnis was the tour manager of the Beatles for the three tours that they did in America in 1964, '65 and '66 and he was a shutterbug," says Santelli.