The Beatles Explore Central Park In 1964

January 16, 2014 11:43 AM

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Reporting E.J. Judge

Before their groundbreaking performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles — escorted by mounted police — explored New York City’s famed Central Park. Only three-fourths of the band partook in the expedition; George Harrison was recovering from a sore throat.

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Three of the four Beatles, from left, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney, walk in Central Park in New York City, Feb. 8, 1964 on their first U.S. tour. (AP Photo)

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Beatle John Lennon is shown in New York’s Central Park with two other band members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, right, Feb. 8, 1964 on their first U.S. tour. (AP Photo)

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Three of the four Beatles, John Lennon, left, Paul McCartney, center, and Ringo Starr, are shown in Central Park in New York City, Feb. 8, 1964, on their first U.S. tour. (AP Photo)

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Left to right: John Lennon (1940 – 1980), Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, of English pop group The Beatles, in Central Park, New York, 8th February 1964. Following them is a mounted police escort. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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8th February 1964: Three Beatles, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon driving a horse and carriage, during a rare break away from screaming fans, in New York’s Central Park. Their colleague George Harrison is recovering from a sore throat at their hotel. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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The Beatles walk around New York’s Central Park, Feb. 8, 1964. From left: Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. (AP Photo)

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FILE – In this Feb. 8, 1964, file photo, three members of the Beatles pose on a stack of rowboats in New York’s Central Park. From the top are: Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. McCartney turned 70 Monday June 18, 2012. (AP Photo)

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8th February 1964: Beatlemania has hit big in New York. John Lennon (1940 – 1980), Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, from left to right, enjoy a few moments away from the screaming fans when police smuggled them out of the side door of their hotel for a visit to New York’s Central Park. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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