Kris Kristofferson, Nile Rodgers, Berry Gordy Remember Beatles Debut - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
On Sunday CBS aired a tribute to arguably the most influential rock and roll band of all time, titled The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles. That night, of course, was February 9, 1964, when the Beatles made their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
During GRAMMY week, Radio.com caught up with music icons who were around when the Fab Four hit our shores for the first time, some of whom were parked in front of the TV the night of the original broadcast. Here's what they told us about their impressions of that night, and the Beatles' role in the changing tides of popular culture. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy: "I certainly saw them [perform] many, many times! Their impact on me was very big! First of all, they did three of our songs on their second album, so I loved them after that. Recently, Paul McCartney came to the Motown Museum, and refurbished an old piano we had." [Note: 1963's With The Beatles featured "Please Mr. Postman," "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Money (That's What I Want)."]
This photographer's editors thought The Beatles were a 'fad' - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
On a frigid February night 50 years ago, a cavernous sports arena in Washington D.C. became sacred ground. Two days before, the Beatles had performed on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” inaugurating one of the most frenzied, hysterical fan phenomena of all time. Then the foursome hopped a train to Washington, D.C., for their first live concert in America.
What the critics wrote about the Beatles in 1964 - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Here is a sampling of what the critics were saying.
John Lennon's historic guitar goes on display at Rock Hall - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The British Invasion began 50 years ago on Friday, Feb. 7, 1964, when the Beatles landed at New York's Kennedy Airport. Two days later, on Sunday, Feb. 9, more than 70 million people watched as John, Paul, George and Ringo rocked the house – and the world – on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Beatles VI is the Beatles' seventh Capitol Records release in the United States. It was the ninth album released into that market in less than one and a half years. The LP was released in both mono and stereo versions.
Release date: June 14, 1965
1. Kansas City / Hey - Hey
2. Eight Days A Week (mono mix)
3. You Like Me Too Much (mono mix)
4. Bad Boy (mono mix)
5. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party (mono mix)
6. Words Of Love (mono mix)
7. What You're Doing (mono mix)
8. Yes It Is (mono mix)
9. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (mono mix)
10. Tell Me What You See (mono mix)
11. Every Little Thing (mono mix)
12. Kansas City / Hey - Hey
13. Eight Days A Week (stereo mix)
14. You Like Me Too Much (stereo mix)
15. Bad Boy (stereo mix)
16. I Don't Want To Spoil The Party (stereo mix)
17. Words Of Love (stereo mix)
18. What You're Doing (stereo mix)
19. Yes It Is (stereo mix)
20. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (stereo mix)
21. Tell Me What You See (stereo mix)
22. Every Little Thing (stereo mix)
Beatles Record World Wide Charts
Most no. 1 hits in the German singles chart (12 no. 1s).
Most no. 1 hits in the Australian singles chart (23 no. 1s).
Most no. 1 hits in the Dutch singles chart (21 no. 1s).
Most no. 1 hits in the Swedish singles chart (18 no. 1s).
Most no. 1 hits in the Canadian singles chart (22 no. 1s, CHUM chart).
Most no. 1 hits in the Norwegian singles chart (21 no. 1s).
Most hits in the German singles chart within a calendar year (16 hits, 1964).
Most consecutive top 10 hits in the German singles chart (17, from 1965 to 1970).
Most no. 1 hits in the German singles chart within a calendar year (4 no. 1 hits in 1969, record shared with ABBA).
The Beatles Song Quote of the week
"Black, white, green, red, can I take my friend to bed"
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, February 16, 1964
Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, USA
The Beatle's second live appearance on The Ed Sulllivan Show took place during this evening (8:00-9:00 pm, EST) before a 3,500 audience at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. Surprisingly, the Beatles did not top the bill on this occasion, that honour going to Mitzi Gaynor. Nonetheless, an estimated 70 million people viewed, in 22,445,000 homes - and it certainly wasn't because of Gaynormania. Another guest on the show was Myra Cohen.
A full dress-rehearsal beginning at 2:00 pm (also taped, but not broadcast) preceded the live TV transmission; in both this and the broadcast the Beatles performed "She Loves You", "This Boy", "All My Loving", "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me To You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". This edition of The Ed Sullivan Show was repeated on Sunday, September 20, 1964 (8:00-9:00 pm, EST).
Following several more days of "rest", the Beatles flew home to England from Miami, via a short stopover in New York, arriving at London Airport at 8:10 am (half an hour later than scheduled) on Saturday, February 22nd.