It was a hot August night in New York City, 1965. Two thousand policemen were in charge of security. They watched carefully as 55,000 fans filled Shea Stadium. But this was not for a baseball game. This was the first ever stadium concert in the history of rock and roll. The announcer raised his hands trying to quiet the crowd. But the noise just got louder, so he started speaking. “Now, ladies and gentlemen, honored by their country, decorated by their Queen, and loved here in America, here are . . . The Beatles!”
The crowd went wild with excitement. A policeman covered his ears because of the noise. Girls shouted as loud as they could. Everyone stood on their feet. They wanted to catch a sight of the band as they took the stage. Then the band started playing. The noise was so loud you could hardly hear the music. This historic night became a picture of the Beatles’ amazing success. They sold over 1,000,000,000 records. They created new styles and gave unforgettable concerts. And they became the biggest band of all time.
But in 1970, the Beatles stopped playing together, and they all started working alone. Then came the saddest moment in Beatle history. John Lennon was murdered in December, 1980. This event destroyed the dream of many people. They wanted the Beatles to get back together. This never happened. But their songs, influence, and creativity remain a bright light today. And their music waits for many young people to discover it in a new way.