It was exactly fifty years ago today when a scruffy rock band for Britain made their American television debut and an entire nation swooned. An estimated seventy three million people tuned in to the popular "The Ed Sullivan Show" to watch The Beatles make the first of three consecutive appearances on the program. On that inaugural evening, the foursome performed "All My Loving", "Til There Was You" and "She Loves You". By the time The Beatles finished their act, they left the audience completely mesmerized and screaming for more.
There is no way to overestimate this band's power and influence they had not only on these shores but on the rest of the globe. Many other British acts followed and found great success here but very few made such a lasting impact on music and culture like The Beatles.
Enjoy the recorded versions of two of the songs the Beatles performed on the show:
"All My Loving" - The Beatles (1963)
"Till There Was You" - The Beatles (1963)
Here is the group performing, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" live on "The Ed Sullivan Show":