Sign up today and save up to 83% on a Hartford Courant digital subscription

Jerry Lee Lewis

A pop music milestone: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

On a hot and muggy evening 50 years ago this month, four mop-haired young men walked across the top of New York City's Pan Am Building and boarded a waiting helicopter. A few minutes later, the aircraft carrying the Beatles John, Paul, George and Ringo approached Shea Stadium at Flushing Meadows, Queens. There, 55,600 screaming fans, the largest crowd in show business history, waited in frenzied anticipation of their arrival. The undisputed leaders of the British Invasion were about to launch their second sortie onto American soil, one year after their initial 1964 tour. The Shea Stadium concert was the first stop in an 18-day, 11-city tour that showcased the Beatles in front of a...