5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN

BRITISH ROCK AND ROLL GROUP BAND MEMBERS SINGER SONGWRITER MUSICIAN STAGE CONFERRING U.S. TOUR TV HOST GUITAR CIGARETTE BRACELET

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It’s a wonder the microphones did not malfunction. The teenage shrieks were piercing as the Beatles kicked into “All My Loving.” It was not just the opening to that evening’s Ed Sullivan Show, it was the start of the British Invasion, precisely seven years and five months to the day after Elvis made his debut in that New York theater. The Mop Tops wrapped up their opening set with “Till There Was You” and “She Loves You.” Later in the program, the quartet returned to rock “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The world was not the same after that broadcast on February 9, 1964, broadcast. Certainly not the music world, at least.

Let’s take a peek behind the scenes at some fascinating numbers and photos from that historic Ed Sullivan Show.

It all began with a change encounter at a London airport.

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AP Photo

Sullivan and his wife Sylvia were traveling in Heathrow Airport when they spotted a crowd of British youngsters standing in the rain to await a plane. They were hoping for a chance to spot the Beatles, who were returning from a jaunt in Sweden. Sullivan noted it was like Elvis all over again and looked to book the band for his own variety show.

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5 thoughts on “5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THE BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN

  1. that was the second most viewed TV thing to be viewed by people, beside the Elvis aloha from Hawaii concert in 1973.

    1. I agree with you, when it was said, it was a joke. If it wasn’t for Ringo Starr, no one would care about the drumming. He could just drum the song and you would know which song it was, he’s that good. Has his own style, by being left handed and I love it.

    1. I have heard so many drummers say Ringo is why they drum. I love his style, he said he plays left handed on a right handed kit and it just sounds great. I think Fennon or Faul said that as a joke. Ringo is for real.

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