50 YEARS AGO → February 9th, 1964

The Beatles give their first live U.S. television performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Approximately 73 million viewers, the largest audience ever recorded for an American television program, watch them.

"Imagine the thrill for us going on The Ed Sullivan Show, especially when they told us it was the biggest show ever. I still remember one of the producer guys coming into our dressing room just before we went on and saying ‘It’s being watched by seventy million people, you know’. It was like ‘Shhh. Don’t tell us that now. Tell us later’. But then, when you look at the tape, we don’t look nervous".

Paul McCartney

"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".

George Harrison

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