Friday, February 9, 2007

twist and shout


Buddy says he was watching the Ed Sullivan show that night, laying on the floor under the coffee table, eye-to-eye with the black and white console set, just 10 years old.

On this date - February 9th - in 1964 the Beatles appeared on TV on the Ed Sullivan show just 2 days after their first arrival in the US. The songs sung were Twist and Shout, Please Please Me and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

An estimated 73 million people were watching that night. John Lennon was so nervous he taped song lyrics to the back of his guitar. Some other interesting facts about that infamous night, dubbed rock 'n' roll's biggest TV moment, are here.

As Ringo Starr explained, the band didn't realize until it arrived in America how important Sullivan's Sunday night showcase was. The rest, of course, is history.

~photo from CNN story


The Calico Cat said...

I just saw a Meme - where you have to answer right away without thinking or pass it up... one of the questions was "Who is your favorite Beatle?" If I took the meme, I would have said VW... :o)

Motherkitty said...

I saw the show, except I was 22 years old at the time. I actually saw the Beatles perform live, in Chicago, in 1965 when they played at Comiskey Park. You couldn't hear the music for all the screaming of all the young girls, myself included. It was great and one of the most thrilling events of my life, next to having my children.

The Beatles have always been my favorite group from that era.

John Cowart said...

"I'm So Sorry, Uncle Albert" is my favorite Beatles song!

jellyhead said...

The Beatles are one of those groups whose music will never go out of fashion....I love them. Thanks for this blast from the past!