50th Anniversary of The Beatles playing on The Ed Sullivan Show


50 years ago today February 9th, four guys from Liverpool crossed the Atlantic and landed in the U.S. to play on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show ignited a new musical revolution, influencing future generations of musicians and song writers. Their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show was a watershed moment for many in the baby boom generation. It was a cultural moment you had to tune in on your TV sets, no DVR, no internet stream, it had 73 million viewers in over 23 million households, or 34 percent of the American population tuning in.

The Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964


The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, February 9, 1964 – A Historical Retrospective

NPR’s All thing Considered – The Record: The Beatles’ Yearlong Journey To The Ed Sullivan Show

The youth of the time embraced The Beatles, but they had their share of critics too, here are some words from their critics in 1964.

Today’s tribute The Beatles: The Night That Changed America is hosted by The Grammys and aired on CBS (the original station that aired The Ed Sullivan Show). It looks like this was pre-recorded on the night of the recent 2014 Grammy awards show.

List of performances on The Grammys/CBS The Beatles: The Night That Changed America tribute show:

  • “All My Loving”, “Ticket to Ride” by Maroon 5
  • “Let It Be” by John Legend and Alicia Keys
  • “Yesterday” by Katy Perry
  • “Revolution” by Imagine Dragons
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” by John Mayer and Keith Urban
  • “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Gary Clarke, Jr. and Joe Walsh
  • “The Fool on the Hill” by Eurythmics
  • “Hey Bulldog” by Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne
  • “Something” by Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh
  • “We Can Work It Out” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Here Comes the Sun” by Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams
  • “Hey Jude”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Yellow Submarine” by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America

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