February 9th, 1964, marks one of the most important dates in music history: The Beatles recorded their first-ever televised performance in America on the Ed Sullivan Show. The performance—the band's first on American television—is considered a watershed moment in The Beatles' rise to pop-music transcendence, and is considered to be one of the most iconic moments in television history. This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of that memorable night, and to commemorate the occasion CBS will be airing a special The Night That Changed America tribute concert, which will feature a special reunion performance from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and airs at 8pm ET on CBS.
To help get us all ready for Sunday night's reunion, CBS News produced a number of outstanding features chronicling the band's history and that memorable night as part of their 50 Years Later: The Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Theater retrospective. Here are a few of our favorites:
All-Time Great Beatles One-Liners
The Fab Four have always been known to be a little cheeky in their interviews, and this piece showcases some of the band's slickest one-liners on record. It's great for a laugh and gives you some insight into all four personalities.
What Sparked Beatlemania In 1964
What brought The Beatles over to America in the first place? There's a chance it all started when legendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite aired a CBS report on the British band back in December of 1963. The segment caused 15-year-old Marsha Albert of Silver Spring, Maryland, to write her favorite radio station, mentioning that she saw The Beatles performing "She Loves You" in England and requesting the station play the band's music. Soon enough, a disc jockey at the radio station asked for a copy of "I Want To Hold You Hand" from a flight attendant friend and brought it to air. Soon after, a wave of Beatlemania washed over the US.
Motown Really Had A Hold On The Beatles
The Beatles' very first album, Please Please Me, was influenced by the pop-rock movement that took place in the early 60s UK. But their second album, With The Beatles, was a much more definitive nod to Motown. In fact, the album consists of six covers from Berry Gordy's catalogue, wearing its Motown influence on its sleeve.