Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited once again during last night’s telecast (February 9th) of the CBS Grammy Awards Beatles tribute show, The Night That Changed America. The star-studded special, which taped in L.A. on January 27th — the day after last month’s Grammy Awards, aired at 8 p.m. — 50 years to the day and hour that the Beatles made their debut appearance in America on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Dhani Harrison took the stage to play his late father George Harrison‘s masterpiece “Something” with ELO‘s Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh. Although Sean Lennon was visible throughout the show singing and clapping along in the audience, he did not perform. After playing show closing solo sets, Ringo Starr joined McCartney’s band to sing lead on his signature tune “With A Little Help From My Friends” before drumming on the show’s finale, “Hey Jude.”
It was 15 years ago today that Beach Boys co-founder Carl Wilson died of cancer. Carl started the group in 1961 with his older brothers Brian and Dennis, along with cousin Mike Love and friends David Marks and Alan Jardine. Although never the creative force that his brothers were in terms of either songwriting or production, Carl’s flawless tenor vocals were showcased on many of the group’s greatest recordings, including “God Only Knows,” “Good Vibrations,” “I Can Hear Music,” “Surf’s Up,” and many more. Carl was also known for his raucous R&B vocals on such hits as “Darlin’” and “Wild Honey.”
It was 55 years ago today that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a plane crash after a performance in Clear Lake, Iowa. The three had been performing along with Dion & The Belmonts as part of the Winter Dance Party Tour, which would cover 24 cities in a short three-week period from January 23rd to February 15th. Holly, who had parted ways with longtime backing group the Crickets the previous year, was backed up by a then-unknown Waylon Jennings on bass and Tommy Allsup on lead guitar.