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The Beatles arrive at JFK Airport – this day in 1964

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On February 7, 1964 Beatlemania arrived in the United States in the form of John, Paul, George and Ringo stepping off Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 at New York’s Kennedy Airport.

They’d flown over from London Heathrow Airport, were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans and two days later appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

Since Katy the waitress became an aviatress

Spotted in the sheet music collection of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

From 1919:

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From 1911:

Davy Jone and his monoplane

From 1909:
Aerotravelers waltz

SFO Airport concert: Big Brother & the Holding Company

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Far out, man!

As part of the SFO Winter Music Festival, San Francisco International Airport will be offering a free concert by the iconic ‘60s rock band Big Brother & The Holding Company, which played with Janis Joplin from 1965 to 1968.

The free one-hour concert will be held at noon, on Wednesday, December 10, pre-security, in the main hall of the International Terminal – right next to the SFO Museum’s “When Art Rocked” exhibit, which features San Francisco music posters from 1966-1971; including posters from Big Brother and The Holding Company.

Big Brother

Big Brother and the Holding Company November 23–25, 1967 Artist: Joe Gomez Avalon Ballroom San Francisco. Courtesy SFO Museum

Not planning on being at SFO on Wednesday? Bummer.

But you can check out the rock poster exhibit here, see a list of other concerts in the SFO series here and and download free music by some of the performers here.

Help Aeroflot get a new corporate jingle

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Aeroflot, the state-controlled Russian airline, has put a call out for a new corporate jingle and is willing to pay the right musician 6 million rubles —$160,000 — for just the right catchy tune.

Details of the project were posted on the government’s official procurement website, the Moscow Times reports, and call for a short song that contains the word “Aeroflot” and phrases that sing the praises of the Aeroflot brand.

The winning jingle must also be catchy, encourage people to fly Aeroflot, be devoid of profanity and not reference any non-Aeroflot products and services.

Interested? Aeroflot sent a link to the site where project is posted – but you’ll have to search to search through the Aerflot listing – and you’ll notice right away that the site is only in Russian.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 24, 2014, with a contract winner to be announced on Oct. 9 and the completed jingle due Dec. 15.

“Many airlines use music as part of their branding and this isn’t the first time Aeroflot is creating a Western-style jingle,” said Cameron Fleming, a New York-based advertising copywriter and associate creative director who describes — and shares audio — from two 1960s-era Aeroflot songs on his blog, Fly the Branded Skies.

“They had some serous talent working on those songs,” said Fleming. “The composers were award-winning at the time and one of the singers was Eduard Khil, who later became the viral Internet sensation, Mr. Trololo.”

Aeroflot has five other airline-themed songs posted on its website and Russian airline Transaero has a jaunty downloadable theme song on its site.

(My story about Aeroflot seeking a new jingle first appeared on USA TODAY)

The Beatles at McCarran Int’l Airport in Las Vegas

Beatles fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. concert tour the Fab Four kicked off in San Francisco on August 19, 1964.

Beatles in Las Vegas

The Beatles arrived in Las Vegas early on the morning of August 20, 1964 and performed two 30-minute concerts at the Las Vegas Convention Center later that evening.

To mark the 50th anniversary of that day, on Thursday cast members from the The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil gave a special live performance at McCarran International Airport.

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