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Bill Eppridge
The Beatles - 1964

Bill Eppridge,
The Beatles - 1964
The Beatles wait to arrive, Union Station,
D.C. Feb 10, 1964.
Copyright Bill Eppridge

Bill Eppridge was only a few years older than each of the Beatles when he photographed their arrival at John F. Kennedy airport on February 7, 1964. He was then invited to continue shooting in their room at the Plaza Hotel and during the days that followed, notably at the Ed Sullivan Show rehearsal and historic performance; in Central Park; on a train ride to Washington, D.C., for the concert at the Washington Coliseum; at the British embassy; and at their renowned performance at Carnegie Hall. "One morning my boss said, 'Look, we've got a bunch of British musicians coming into town. They're called the Beatles. These were four very fine young gentlemen, and great fun to be around," Eppridge recalled. After he introduced himself to Ringo, who consulted with John, the group asked what he wanted them to do while being photographed for Life. "I'm not going to ask you to do a thing," was Eppridge's reply. "I just want to be here." --Bill Eppridge His career as a Life magazine photojournalist was just beginning.

Over the next several years, he would photograph many significant moments in our collective history, including the presidential campaign and assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the war in Vietnam, the discovery of slain civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, the Woodstock concert in 1969, the Soviet Union during the Cold War years, and some of the most famous people in the world.

Copies of the new book "The Beatles: Six Days that Changed the World" are available from the gallery



Beatles arrive JFK Airport, New York, February 7, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Screaming Girls, JFK Airport, NY, Febraury 7, 964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Beatles Press Conference. Copyright Bill Eppridge



Beatles Fan Grabs For Their Guitars, Plaza Hotel, NYC, Feb 7, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

The Beatles at the Plaza Hotel, February 7, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Paul McCartney, Plaza Hotel, NYC, Feb 7, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge



Paul McCartney on the Phone, Plaza Hotel, NYC, Feb 7, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Ringo Starr, Plaza Hotel, NYC, Feb 7, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, Plaza Hotel, NYC, Feb 7, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge



Beatles' Boots, Ed Sullivan Theater, Feb 8, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

The Beatles Perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, Feb 9, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

The Beatles with Ed Sullivan, Feb 9, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge



Ringo Starr & John Lennon, Central Park Photo OP, Feb 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Ringo, Paul, John. Central Park Photo OP. Feb 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Ringo & Paul. Central Park Photo OP. Feb 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge



Beatles Ride the Train to D.C. Feb 10, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

George & John. Train to D.C. Feb 10, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

John Lennon. Train to D.C. Feb 10, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge



Ringo with Press Photographer's Gear. Train to D.C. Feb 10, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

George wearing Train Porter's Jacket. Train to D.C. Feb 10, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

George climbs Luggage Rack. Train to D.C. Feb 10, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge



The Beatles wait to arrive, Union Station, D.C. Feb 10, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Beatles Fans, Washington Coliseum. Feb 11, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

Beatles Concert, Washington Coliseum. Feb 11, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge



The Beatles play Carnegie Hall, New York City. Feb 12, 1964. Copyright Bill Eppridge

The Beatles arrive, February 7, 1964, New York

The Beatles at the Plaza Hotel, February 7, 1964.



John Lennon at the Plaza, Feb. 7, 1964

Beatle fans scramble for Jelly Beans, Washington Coliseum, 1964

Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney greet the press at the Plaza Hotel in New York, February 1964



Mississippi Burning: Funeral procession of James Chaney, Mississippi, 1964

The Chaney family as they depart for the burial of James Chaney, Meridian, Mississippi, August 7, 1964

Young White children on the day of James Chaney's Funeral, Neshoba County, Mississippi, August, 1964



A sign in rear window of car in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Mrs. Chaney and young Ben, James Chaney funeral, Meridian, Mississippi, 1964

Aerial view of the dam where the bodies of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were buried, August 8, 1964, near Philadelphia, Mississippi



Burial of James Chaney - his parents seated, center, August 1964

Barbara Streisand in her kitchen, Brooklyn, NY, 1964

Robert F. Kennedy in front of a poster of his brother, Columbus, Ohio, 1968



Barbra Streisand with Marlene Dietrich and Elsa Martinelli (Wearing Chanel Suits), Chanel Fashion Show, Paris, 1966

The Kennedy campaign travels through the Watts section of Los Angeles on the last day before the primary, 1968

Bobby Kennedy campaigns in IN during May of 1968, with various aides and friends: former prizefighter Tony Zale and (right of Kennedy) N.F.L. stars Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier, and Deacon Jones



Jackie Kennedy Christens the Lafayette, Groton, CT, 1962

Woodstock, 1969

Woodstock, 1969



Stormy, Missouri, 1958

Red Barn 1, with Swallow, Washington, Connecticut, July 28, 2009, 4:37 pm

White Barn, New Preston, CT, 2007



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