“No laughing matter”
In 1964, the Department of Labor, in an effort to protect American jobs, instituted restrictions to make it harder for foreign musicians to enter the country. The press reported that these new requirements would prevent the Beatles from performing again in the U.S. Hundreds of distraught teenagers deluged President Johnson and Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz with letters and petitions like this one.
Letter from Janelle Blackwell, 04/03/1964
Don’t miss our earlier series on the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Visit to America: