How The Beatles Stole Miami's Heart (And Vice Versa)

Feb 14, 2014

The Beatles came to Florida in 1964.
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Suffice it to say, almost everyone tries to score a trip to South Florida in February.

And, in February of 1964, that was true of the band almost everyone wanted to see: The Beatles.

Trade Liverpool for the swimming pool -- that's what John, Paul, George and Ringo did.

Fresh off their record-setting performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made one more stop in Washington, D.C. for their first public U.S. concert.

But Sullivan the showman knew what he had. And he wasn't letting it go so quick.

So on February 13th, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr didn't exactly fly into Miami Beach B.O.A.C, but they were on the National Airlines Flight 11 that arrived at Miami International Airport at 4:00 p.m.

Man, it was a wonderful flight.

And, that Sunday night at 8:00 p.m., there was a second and final live broadcast for The Ed Sullivan Show. This one was on Miami Beach at The Deauville Beach Resort that remains standing to this day.

Take a trip through time in our Wayback Machine and listen to WLRN News Anchor Kelley Mitchell's interview with Miami Herald music writer Howard Cohen:

And you longtime South Florida TV news watchers, listen closely to hear which local legend introduces Ed Sullivan on a night to remember.

Enormous thanks to Joe Johnson, host of the syndicated radio program Beatle Brunch, which airs at 10AM Sundays on Magic 102.7 FM for supplying the audio archives that makes this trip in the Wayback Machine, the real deal.