Bernstein was a crucial figure in the British Invasion movment of the early Sixties. In addition to bringing the Beatles to Shea (for the first ever stadium concert), he booked the band's 1964 gigs at Carnegie Hall during their first American tour. The promoter also worked with other British groups, including the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Animals.
After returning from an Army stint in Britain during World War II, Bernstein kept reading British newspapers, eventually learning about the Beatlemania craze. Though he admitted to having never heard their music, he convinced Beatles manager Brian Epstein to bring the band to the U.S.
Bernstein is survived by his wife, Geraldine, and six children.