To celebrate one of the most historic live events to ever happen in both music and television, CBS is airing a special two-hour program exactly 50 years after The Beatles made their US debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.
"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" will air Sunday, Feb. 9 from 8:00-10:00 pm ET, the same time slot that the band originally performed in on the hit variety show.
The tribute will feature some of today's top artists covering the songs that the "Fab Four" sang on the show as well as some other classics from the group. Footage from that landmark Sunday will also be included in the broadcast.
The Beatles' appearance on the show continues to be one of the most-watched television events ever, with 74 million fans tuning in to watch the legendary foursome perform 5 of their songs.
“That night 50 years ago on the Ed Sullivan stage, the Beatles delivered a momentous performance, and America witnessed a historic television event and the beginning of a new era in music,” said Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment Executive Vice President of Specials & Events.
“We are thrilled to honor these music legends with performances from amazing GRAMMY-winning artists who were influenced by The Beatles unforgettable music through the years and that incredible performance in 1964.”
“Whether you were alive to witness it on television that night, or you've just known about it all your life, that first television appearance by the Beatles on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' is historic,” added executive producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures.
“To be able to celebrate this significant event 50 years later — and to the exact day, date, and time — with an all-star cast of GRAMMY participants, shapes up to be one for the books.”
It was originally reported that the surviving members of the group, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, would make a special appearance during the broadcast, but that idea appears to have been tabled for the time being.
Though with any big television event, there's bound to be plenty of surprises in store, so we can't rule out a Paul and Ringo reunion just yet!
Ringo Starr & Paul McCartney
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