When The Music Invasion Began

On February 9, 1964, the British Invasion began with The Beatles playing live on The Ed Sullivan Show in front of an estimated 73 million watching on TV. Ed Sullivan introduced The Beatles, and was almost immediately drowned out by the screams of girls in the studio audience. The Beatles continued to play twice that evening on The Ed Sullivan Show and “Beatlemania” had officially arrived in North America. The exposure of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show became a touchstone event for an entire generation and for music lovers everywhere. Never before had so many viewers tuned-in to a live television program. As the legend goes, Ed Sullivan had seen the crowds of Beatles fans at London Airport trying to catch a glimpse of the band on their way back from touring Sweden in 1963 and wanted to book them on his show as soon as possible. Their influence on making music has never been the same since….. Ed

Source:Edsullivan.com / Photo:Scot Ratcliffe

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