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The Beatles Are Played on the Radio for the First Time (1963)

Moment 47: The Beatles Are Played on the Radio for the First Time

While Beatlemania arrived in the United States in 1964, the first time a Beatles song was played on the radio in the U.S. was in late February 1963. Dick Biondi of WLS in Chicago was the first American DJ to play the Beatles hit “Please Please Me." It peaked the WLS charts at #35 for the weeks of March 8 and March 15, 1963 and then dropped off. The Beatles had other songs released in America in 1963, but none charted nationally on Billboard.

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