By Caroline Gammell
|Photo: MANIA DAYS - GENESIS PUBLICATIONS|
Photographer Curt Gunther was given access to the Fab Four both on stage and behind the scenes and now some of the images he captured are being published in a book, Conquered America.
Among his black and white collection is a picture of fans scrambling their way onto the stage in front of Paul McCartney and George Harrison, while another shows John Lennon and McCartney emerging from a doorway.
In one shot, a youthful McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Ringo Starr are all photographed sitting on a diving board over a swimming pool, gleefully splashing the water.
On April 4, 1964, the group topped the US Billboard Hot 100 charts with Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Please Please Me.
They also had another seven singles in the charts, including I Saw Her Standing There, You Can't Do That, All My Loving, Roll Over Beethoven, From Me To You, Do You Want to Know a Secret and Thank You Girl.
The Beatles arrived in the US in February 1964 and became an instant sensation. Lennon described their country-wide tour as a "hurricane" in which they stayed safely in the eye of the storm.