WINCHESTER, Va. - February 7 of 1964 was a day that changed the face of pop culture. The Beatles had arrived and the whole country was watching.
"It was a tremendous success, both AM and FM at the time, and we had listeners in
And while radio stations and fans around the world were listening to The Beatles on repeat, small towns like
"We could turn out an excess of 100,000 to 120,000 albums easily a day,” said Chuck Jarrett.
Capitol Records, who originally signed The Beatles, had an album manufacturing plant in
"You know you don't really think about that, about shaping the course of history,” he said with a laugh. “The wonderful part of it was, you were listening to music all day long while you were there. You got to meet some of the artists who came in."
The Beatles were so successful, that at the height of their contract with Capitol Records, the plant would run seven days a week, 24 hours just to keep up with demand.
"The Winchester Capitol Records Plant, the majority of LPs and things from major artists were pressed in this area. And I know probably a majority of the Beatles albums were pressed here in the 60s,” Jarrett said.
It's a small town connection that contributed to big time success.
"It was like one big family. It was a wonderful place to work,” he said.
The Beatles arrived in the states on
The rest, as they say, is history.