Ahead of their historic visit, Beatles hair was Washington scourge #TBT

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ visit to Washington. Back in 1964, in the weeks leading up the Fab Four’s famous sojourn, Beatlemania had taken hold — much to the chagrin of the city’s squares.

Among them were the barbers of Washington, who grudgingly clipped the locks of young men into what this caption describes as “a cross between the hair-do of a Yorkshire terrier and that worn by Moe Howard, one of TV’s Three Stooges.”

Wonder what they’d make of the latest shaggy-haired British import, One Direction’s Harry Styles.


A Washington Post story from Sunday, January 26, 1964 about the Beatles’ haircut style’s growing popularity among young Americans. (The Washington Post)
Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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