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Fifty years ago today, on 5 October 1962, McCartney, Lennon, Starr and Harrison burst onto the UK music scene with ‘Love Me Do’.

The single reached number 17 in the UK music chart, but rocketed straight to number 1 on its US release in 1964.

The hysteria that was soon to follow is legendary. These photographs, taken from the Daily Herald Archive, hint at the Beatlemania which ricocheted around the world as a result of their new-found superstar status.

Girl screams in excitement in the audience at a Beatles concert, 1963, Daily Herald Archive, Science Museum Group collection
The Beatles return home to London Airport after their US tour, September 1964, Daily Herald Archive, Science Museum Group collection
Fans await The Beatles return on the roof of London Airport, 1964, Daily Herald Archive, Science Museum Group collection
Brian Epstein and The Beatles meet Princess Margaret, July 1965, Daily Herald Archive, Science Museum Group collection

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