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Beatles flashback: 50th anniversary of first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show
It’s been 50 years since 73 million people tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show to watch the Beatles perform live on American TV for the first time.
That Feb. 9, 1964 performance helped set Beatlemania in motion, and also resulted in Capitol Records opening up a factory in Jacksonville, Ill. to meet the demands of pressing the millions of Beatles albums that were being sold. That factory was nicknamed “The House the Beatles Built.”
How much did the Beatles get paid for their Ed Sullivan performance? The deal called for them to make three appearances in 1964 for $10,000 — which is $75,147 adjusted for inflation in 2013.
Their performance was so highly-anticipated that the show’s organizers received more than 50,000 ticket requests for the 700 seats in the theater. And it appeared all 700 present squealed in delight at the sight of the Beatles.
Here’s a look back at that historical performance:
The Beatles first song they performed was “All My Loving”
During their second song, “Till There Was You,” the camera individually cut away to John, Paul, Ringo and George and put their name on the screen, to help introduce them to America.
For their final song, the Beatles performed “She Loves You.”
Photos from the show:
While we’re at it, we might as well take a look back at the Beatles’ Chicago performances: