On Sunday, February 9th at 8:00 p.m., CBS will air The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles. The event marks exactly 50 years since The Beatles first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show and the beginning of Beatlemania in America.
Tune in to see performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, and John Legend. The event also includes an interview of Paul and Ringo by David Letterman, the current occupant of The Ed Sullivan Theatre.
On February 9, 1964, 73 million viewers tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show, waiting excitedly for The Beatles to take the stage for their first U.S. performance. TV rating records were shattered with more than 45% of homes with televisions watching. The Beatles opened with “All My Loving”, ended the set with “She Loves You”, and the audience screamed the whole way through. Fans were hardly aware of the other performers on the show. The Beatles went on to close the show that night, performing “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”
Tune in Sunday to celebrate the momentous night that made music history.
Watch The Beatles perform All My Loving from their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show