Hear Billy Joel guest DJ on The Beatles Channel: The country needed the Fab Four in 1964

Billy Joel’s guest DJ session will premiere on Friday, July 21.

Caitlin Carter
July 20, 2017

The Beatles arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (formerly Idlewild), in New York, Feb. 7, 1964. (AP Photo)

The Beatles Channel brings you the songs, stories, influences and legacy of the Beatles (24/8, of course!). Some of the band’s most well-known fans are joining the channel with guest DJ sessions this summer, sharing their favorite tracks and some very memorable stories.

Billy Joel’s guest DJ session explores the Fab Four’s American releases and the Piano Man’s introduction to them in 1964.

He recalls buying his first Beatles album, Meet The Beatles, and reflects on how the Beatles’ arrival stateside came at just the right time in American history. The country was reeling from the death of John F. Kennedy, and the band’s uplifting sound and energy helped the nation heal.

Billy also recalls his favorite Beatles song from their early work.


Hear more reflections on The Beatles from Billy Joel when he returns for a guest DJ session on 8/25 at 5 pm ET.