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February 9, 2014
It's 9th February 1,964.
With George's bad throat now, thankfully, better; at 8pm on Sunday 9th February, 1,964, the live broadcast of the first Ed Sullivan Show was aired with the full Beatle line-up. The band played five songs (All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand) and made broadcasting history.
Paul: "Seventy-three million people were reported to have watched the first show. It is still supposed to be one of the largest viewing audiences ever in the States."
Three other British acts completed the show's schedule - 'The British Invasion' was now well under way. By this point, The Beatles were better able to comprehend the phenomenon of their success, in part because Elvis himself had just publicly congratulated them...
George: "We were aware that Ed Sullivan was the big one because we got a telegram from Elvis and the Colonel. And I've heard that while the show was on there were no reported crimes, or very few. When The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, even the criminals had a rest for ten minutes."
Watch below to see Ed Sullivan famously introducing the USA to The Beatles.
Click through to the website to see more photographs from this now-legendary day: http://gnikn.us/Mv28wS
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of these history-making events, The U.S. Albums, a new 13CD Beatles collection spanning 1,964's Meet The Beatles! to 1,970's Hey Jude, will be released January 20 (January 21 in North America) by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol. The Beatles' U.S. albums differed from the band's U.K. albums in a variety of ways, including different track lists, song mixes, album titles, and art.
You can order the U.S. albums and the U.S. boxset from the official Beatles stores, iTunes and from your local retailer: