It was 50 years today that the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The tickets for the audience were next to impossible to get. The Beatles followed Ed’s show opening introduction, performing “All My Loving” and “Till There Was You.” At the end of the show they performed “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers and 60% of the TV audience. I watched the show that night and I can say that nobody really knew the lasting effect that the Beatles would have over the next few years.
Because of copyright issues, the video, below, is all that I can link to.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on the Sullivan Show, CBS will air, tonight, “The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.” It starts at the same time that the Sullivan Show started 50 years ago 8:00 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific)