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The Beatles’ New York debut, Shea Stadium concert among highlights in new Grammy Museum exhibit at Prudential Center | Travel

NEW YORK — A new Beatles exhibit depicts much more than a day in the life of the Fab Four.

“Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” at the Prudential Center’s Grammy Museum Experience in Newark, New Jersey, explores the English band’s unprecedented popularity in the United States, including many milestones in New York City.

The exhibit sheds light on the 1964 arrivals of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison at John F. Kennedy Airport, their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and their iconic 1965 Shea Stadium concert through a collection of artifacts and interactive experiences.

“They landed at Kennedy Airport after JFK was assassinated,” said Mark Conklin, the museum’s director of artist relations and programming, which organized the exhibit, which opened Friday. “The land was in mourning, and here was their triumph [arrival] on our shores at Kennedy Airport, which I think has been a huge boost, not just for New York but for the country.”

“Of all the places they could and should have landed, of course it was New York City,” Conklin said. “This is where they made their name, and from there everyone in the country and the rest of the world saw them.”

McCartney’s jacket from the Shea Stadium gig, original handwritten concert set lists and a recreation of the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ set are among the attractions of the exhibit, which focuses on the highlights of the Beatlemania madness in America

The collection won’t disappoint the die-hards, says Conklin.

“This exhibit is so packed with detail and the story behind their conquest of America between 1964 and 1966,” said Conklin. “There is so much to see. You could spend so much time here looking at all the artifacts. It’s every Beatles fan’s dream come true.”

The exhibition, scheduled to run until June 25, will host talks with Beatles experts and insiders. Opening night on Friday included a public chat with May Pang, a former assistant to Lennon who dated the musician during his split from Yoko Ono during an 18-month streak known as “The Long Weekend.”

The event included a screening of Pang’s upcoming documentary, The Lost Weekend: A Love Story, about her professional and personal relationship with Lennon.

“You’ll realize that maybe my time with John just wasn’t a weekend,” Pang, 72, told the Daily News, which viewers will learn.

“I’ve held on to this story for so long,” she said. “It was just there and it was a part of my life. People just told it, and finally I said I need to tell my side of the story and take my narrative back.”

The Beatles released 13 studio albums from 1963 to 1970 and spawned a record 20 chart-topping albums in the US, including “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, “Hey Jude”, “Come Together” and “Let It Be”.

“Almost every record they made was something different,” said Manhattan-born Pang, who began working with Lennon in New York City in 1970. “Suddenly orchestra things came along. Then there was all the psychedelic. Every time you heard something, it was something new.”

Her songs changed American culture forever, says Conklin.

“Essentially, they wrote our classical music,” Conklin said. “Just like people still listen to Mozart and still hear Bach, and they probably always will, I think it’s the same with the Beatles.”

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