50th anniversary of “Beatlemania” in America

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Ed Sullivan
Ed Sullivan wasn’t an exciting guy, but he knew how to put on a great show with celebrity guests.

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles performed on the popular The Ed Sullivan Show. Despite Sullivan being a somewhat stiff and awkward show host, he had such a sharp eye for exciting talent, his show was mega popular. It was no surprise, then, that soon after the British band performed on his show, “Beatlemania” swept across the nation.

Band members Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison originally formed their group in Liverpool in 1960 before rising in popularity through 3 years of playing at local clubs. By the time they came to the United States, word had begun to spread about the cheery-eyed and musically thrilling gents from the UK.

Now, they’re widely considered the most influential performers of the rock era, and both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr still make appearances. They performed at the recent Grammys, which just goes to show you how timeless really good music can be.

When the Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, the crowd went wild both in the studio and in the living rooms of 73 million Americans who were tuned in. They performed songs like “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, which would go on to become classics.