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50 years of Beatlemania

It was fifty years ago on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, when America fell in love with four shaggy haired boys from Liverpool on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Their appearance on American TV certainly would be one for the record books. The Beatles opened and closed the show that was estimated to have been watched by a record-breaking 73 million viewers. According to Nielsen, 45 percent of all televisions at the time were tuned into the broadcast of the Fab Four.

If you're a die-hard fan there are plenty of events to help you celebrate the milestone anniversary. Capitol Records will project a photo of the band in front of an American flag onto the Capitol Tower in Hollywood. They will also show fans The Beatles 50 logo created especially for the affair. There will be an event at the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well.

New Yorkers can head to the Ed Sullivan Theater to see a retro marquee honoring the famed appearance. The marquee features the exact wording that was posted for "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964.

If you're not able to make the trek to Los Angeles or New York then CBS will be airing "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" Sunday at 8 p.m. The show includes performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Dhani Harrison, Brad Paisley, Pharrell Williams and members of the Cirque du Soleil's Las Vegas Beatles show "Love."

The Beatles on 'Ed Sullivan': 50 Years Later

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cafebeege February 10 2014 at 1:59 AM

They all did a magnificent job !! Hope they come out with a disc or something to be able to watch whenever at home.

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thefotoguy2009 February 09 2014 at 9:21 PM

I was lucky enough tto see them in 54 at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit I will never forget that night

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donafar February 09 2014 at 7:47 PM

Best band that there ever was! I was there for it all! If you weren't, you'll never fully understand the phenomena!

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Jeff February 09 2014 at 7:37 PM

i saw that show, had to beg my dad to watch it. their private lives are private. the music changed the world. they brought so much joy to the world, who cares what they did in private. still love the music and listen often, show me ANY current musicians that wll be loved 50 years later

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wolfco805 February 09 2014 at 7:33 PM

you morons dont know music. the beatles changed and redifind all the music for ever

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mimig361 February 09 2014 at 6:05 PM

I was 12 too, but not there. However, I was glued to the TV with neighbors. Oh what fun we had, pretending to be there in the presence of the great ones. Later on, I got to see Paul and Wings in San Antonio, Texas. It was not the same, not the same.

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Rick February 09 2014 at 5:41 PM

It really figures that a few idiotic people that are commenting would say mean disgusting things. If you don't like the Beatles why are you reading this blog and commenting. Must mean deep down inside yerr puny souls you envy them. Bless ya Beatles............ w/o out you guys others out there in music land would not be where they are today....directly and indirectly..... ;o)

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desmoi225 Rick February 09 2014 at 11:50 PM

Rick, they are just trolls looking for attention.

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eccoidav February 09 2014 at 5:25 PM

The Beatles wised up America!

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wstep1964 February 09 2014 at 8:01 PM

If there's anything that you want- If there's anything I can do. Just call on me and I'll send it along with love From Me To You. Where did the last fifty years go?

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nottoo914 February 09 2014 at 3:30 PM

what a pity they could have appeared on SNL for $200.00 and reunited years ago.
$200.00 is not chum change.

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TeddyD nottoo914 February 09 2014 at 4:54 PM

The night George hosted the show Paul was over at John's apartment in Manhattan. And they nearly went down to the show. But John back out at the last second. I've heard Paul tell the story a couple of times. That would have been something!

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