Thursday, February 6, 2014

Iconic Style Moment The Beatles Come to America, and George Calls His Haircut Arthur (and The ‘60’s Really Begin)

By Randi Reed

When The Beatles came over to America in February of 1964, their timing couldn’t have been better, for them and for America. Having endured the shock and sadness of the assassination of President Kennedy the previous November, Americans was ready to start smiling again. They found those smiles in the form of the four lads from Liverpool. Funny, irreverent, and wildly talented, John, Paul, George, and Ringo were a breath of fresh air in everything they did. 

The Beatles in February 1964. (Photo: unknown.)

During one of those irreverent moments, a reporter commented on the The Beatles’ “long” hair, a Mop Top haircut that was new to the States, particularly to members of the staid, conservative media. When the unimpressed reporter asked George what he called “that hairstyle,” George replied, matter-of-factly, “Arthur.” 

In that moment, George Harrison’s wit won the heart of every misunderstood teenager, and The Beatles ushered in everything we now think of as 1960’s pop culture and style.

Clockwise from Top L: John Lennon, Paul McCartney,Ringo Starr, George Harrison. (Photo: unknnown, via Wikipedia.)

The Beatles in America, 1964. (Photo: Curt Gunther, via

1964. (Photo:unknown, Fox Photos / Getty Images, via
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