The Beatles Invasion, 50 Years Ago: Thursday, Feb. 13, 1964-Friday, Feb. 21, 1964

Excerpted from ‘The Beatles Invasion: The Inside Story of the Two-Week Tour That Rocked America,’ by Bob Spitz. (This is Part 7; links to parts 1 through 6 appear at the bottom of the story.)

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At the Plaza Hotel in New York the Beatles had basically been shut-ins, but in Miami, where they landed on Feb. 13, 1964, there was plenty of opportunity to soak in the sights. After being whisked past 7,000-10,000 screaming, marauding teenage fans at the airport to the grand, sun-washed Deauville Hotel on Collins Avenue, they immediately settled into the spirit of the place. They slipped into matching terry-cloth cabana outfits  and hit the beach, attempting to seek out kids their own age. “It was a big time for us,” Paul recalled, “and there were all these lovely, gorgeous, tanned girls.” He whipped out his Pentax and began snapping photos of the comely flock, as well as the phalanx of armed motorcycle cops who stood nearby, at the ready.

The next morning, Feb. 14, the Beatles were set to have a Life magazine photo shoot in the hotel pool. For practical…

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