First England, now the rest of the world.

It is early 1964. The Beatles play the Olympia in Paris, France. French hearts are won. ‘Nous aimons Les Beatles’. Meanwhile in America it’s January 13th, 10,000 copies of I Want To Hold Your Hand are being sold every hour in New York in just one day! It becomes The Beatles’ first No1 hit in America. They make their TV debut in the U.S. on the prestigious Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million people watch their performance!  It’s February 9th. Two days later they played their first concert on stage in front of 8,000 people in the Washington Coliseum.
It is just the beginning of their international breakthrough. In April 1964 The Beatles became the one and only pop group ever to occupy the TOP FIVE positions on Billboard's Hot 100 simultaneously. The Beatles first world tour now dovetails perfectly into the whirlwind of adulation fame and success. The world tour opened in Copenhagen on June 4th and ended in BrisbaneAustralia, on June 30th.

The second destination on that tour was The Netherlands.  After arriving at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, on June 5thThe Beatles appeared on a Dutch TV show for television broadcaster VARA. The venue is the Treslongbuilding in the City of HillegomThe Beatles take part in a Questions & Answers style interview with an audience of 150. Herman Stock and Berend Boudewijn expertly host the Q&A. After the interview The Beatles perform and sing along with the studio versions of five songs, including She Loves You and Can’t Buy Me Love.

The Beatles stayed for one night in The Doelen Hotel in Amsterdam’s Red Light District The Wallen. The next day The Beatles take a trip on one of Amsterdam’s famous canal barges. They witness crazy scenes, with tens of thousands of Dutch fans lining the towpaths and filling the bridges. Some fans throw themselves into the water in an attempt to get a closer look. Later in the afternoon The Beatles take a white limousine, which speeds them to Blokker for two roaring performances...