Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Beatles: Ringo Starr recalls their 1964 Ed Sullivan debut

Ringo Starr recalls The Beatles' iconic debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 – one of the most watched television events ever – in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

“Incredible,” Ringo said backstage at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles Monday night, where he was receiving the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace's "Lifetime of Peace and Love Award." “It was Ed Sullivan, and it was a big show, and we didn't know while we were playing that 70 million people were watching, but it was being in America that was so exciting. All the music we loved was in America; it came from America to England. Where we come from, Liverpool, it was great because it was a port, so all of the guys from New York would bring the tracks over. Vinyl in those days, the LPs, and it was just great. I could feel the buzz, even on the plane, it was so exciting. I went, Aaaaah!”

“It was crazy,” he says of the buzz in New York on that day, “and it was just like everywhere else for us. The other good news was that with Murray the K and Cousin Bruce, we're on the radio, in our hotel rooms.”

The Beatles’ Sullivan debut is considered by many historians and critics as one of the most important moments in music and television.

That Sunday night, the band performed “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

On Saturday, Ringo and Paul McCartney will be on hand as The Beatles will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony the night before the 56th Annual Grammys, and the pair will appear on the Grammys Sunday night, as well.

Show producers are marking the anniversary of The Beatles' appearance on Sullivan with “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles", a TV special set to air on CBS on February 9 at 8 PM ET/PT – 50 years to the date and time of the original broadcast.

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