The Beatles’ first appearance on Ed Sullivan
It was 49 years ago on tomorrow night (February 9th, 1964) that the Beatles
made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Seen by over 73
million viewers, the show has gone on to become one of TV’s most iconic moments,
much like Neil Armstrong‘s 1969 walk on the moon. The Beatles performed
twice, both opening and closing the program.

The group performed a total of five songs that night: “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and their then-current Number One hit “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” One of the more memorable parts of the show was during “Till There Was You,” when the screen dimmed as each Beatle was highlighted with his name appearing on the screen. John Lennon didn’t know it at the time, but an additional caption saying “Sorry Girls — He’s Married” was added under his name.