The Beatles and Ed Sullivan: What do you remember?

Looking back, the Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” must have been my first appointment television experience.


The Beatles talk with television host Ed Sullivan in 1964 (Smithsonian Institution)

Everyone at Sacred Heart Academy in Hoboken, N.J., had been chatting about the Beatles all week and at that time we got all our celebrity information through the nighttime radio DJs. DJ Murray the K was the Twitter of that day.

It is said 73 million people tuned in that Sunday night, among them a gaggle of Jersey girls. The night is a black-and-white memory of watching the audience almost as much as the bands. I thought the fans were truly out of control. And the Beatles looked a little more buttoned-down than I expected.

The Beatles sang: “All My Loving,” “Till There was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.”

While the crowd when gaga for the original boy band, The Post did not: “Those of us who are old enough to vote will simply have to endure one more monstrosity created by mass media,” Lawrence Laurent wrote in his review of the Ed Sullivan show. (Read more of the Post takedown of the Beatles here.)

To mark the anniversary on Feb. 9, 1964, the Smithsonian Snapshot series issued the above photograph that was taken during the rehearsal.

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Did you watch Ed Sullivan that night?

What is your favorite Beatles song?

Which is your favorite Beatle?

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