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Old Jan 17, 2004, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default Fab Four Fans to Mark Beatles Trip to New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It may seem like only yesterday but the Beatles' much-heralded first visit to America was 40 years ago, and a group of die-hard fans wants to mark the occasion for Beatles lovers here, there and everywhere.

The Fab 40 Committee will kick off the Beatles celebrations with a party and concert at New York's Hard Rock Cafe on Feb. 9, 40 years to the day after the British group first performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, organizers said on Friday.

The city's Lincoln Center arts complex will host a film and television tribute to Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr and the American Film Institute will put on a similar tribute on Feb. 7, the date the Beatles arrived in New York in 1964 and were greeted by thousands of screaming fans.

"The beauty and power and charm of the Beatles music will always remain timeless," said Fab 40 member Martin Lewis at a news conference to announce the anniversary events.

Fab 40, a play on the Beatles' moniker "Fab Four," is composed of former friends and associates of the Beatles during their U.S. tour.

"The reason people still listen to the Beatles music today is because of the quality of the music and 40 years from now, there will still be a place for that quality of music," said Fab 40 member Bruce Spitzer, author of a new book, "The Beatles Are Coming."

The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hit No. 1 on the music charts in the United States on Jan. 16, 1964.
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January 16, 1964 was a Thursday.

If I were still living in New York, I'd happily go on the Beatle Tour. The Beatles played in my state in late 1964 - I hope we'll be treated to a Beatle anniversary Beatle retrospective. It sounds like a lot of fun.
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