The Beatles Perform On The Ed Sullivan Show February 9th Of 1964

February 9, 2016

 

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…

 

“It was very important…We came out of nowhere with funny hair looking like marionettes or something…That was very influential…I think that was really one of the big things that broke us…the hairdo more than the music…originally…A lot of people's fathers had wanted to turn us off…They told their kids…'Don't be fooled…they're wearing wigs'…

 

A lot of fathers did turn it off…but a lot of mothers and children made them keep it on… All these kids are now grown-up and telling us they remember it…It's like…'Where were you when Kennedy was shot?'…

 

I get people like Dan Aykroyd saying…'Oh man…I remember that Sunday night…we didn't know what had hit us…just sitting there watching Ed Sullivan's show’…Up until then there were jugglers and comedians like Jerry Lewis…and then…suddenly…The Beatles!”

 

Paul McCartney

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