70 Million Beatles Fans Can't Be Wrong: The Fab 4 On Ed Sullivan, 1964

By | September 8, 2017

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The Beatles pose after a performance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' at Studio 50, New York, New York, February 9, 1964. Pictured are Ed Sullivan (second left) and Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (top, background), George Harrison, and guitarist John Lennon

Americans who tuned in to watch The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 witnessed -- and made -- broadcast history. It was a Sunday afternoon like any other, escept that the biggest musical act on the planet was performing live on American television for the first time. 

CBS Studio 50 was the venue for the dress rehearsal for that evening’s Ed Sullivan Show. The four lads from Liverpool ran through five numbers they would perform that night then treated the lucky 728 people who managed to get a ticket to an extra three songs, a set that would be aired after The Beatles returned to Britain.

Over 70 Million Watched

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Over 70 million people - more than the entire UK population - tuned in to see what the fuss was all about. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr opened the show with “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You” and “She Loves You”. They returned in the second half of the show with both sides of their #1 single, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “This Boy”.