The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

9 Feb

On Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, over 73 million Americans gathered around television sets to see what all the excitement was about.

The Beatles made their live U.S. television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” An estimated 73.7 million Americans watched as the Fab Four  performed “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” While they performed “Till There Was You,” a sign flashed on the screen when John appeared that read, “Sorry, girls, he’s married.”
Sullivan read a telegram to the audience just before the band’s performance that said, “Congratulations on your appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and your visit to America. STOP. We hope your engagement will be successful and your visit pleasant. STOP. Sincerely Elvis and the Colonel.”
A future music star from Britain also performed on the Sullivan show that night. Davy Jones performed as part of the cast of the Broadway show “Oliver” two years before he became a Monkee.

The Beatles appeared on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964 to great anticipation and fanfare as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” had swiftly risen to No. 1 in the charts. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music.

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