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February 9, 2016by emilylowe

I missed yesterday's blog post, but today music history event is more fun! On this day in 1964, The Beatles made their first U.S. television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Music History Tuesday: February 9

I missed yesterday’s blog post, but today’s music history event is more fun! On this day in 1964, The Beatles made their first U.S. television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds3R0Zxh26g

A landmark of television history, a record setting 73 million people tuned in to watch The Beatles first appearance on U.S. television. Prior to their appearance, several of The Beatles‘ records had hit number one on U.S. charts and the anticipation for their arrival was likened to the frenzy Elvis Presley created in 1956.

Following a deal negotiated by manager Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan, The Beatles received $10,000 for their February 9 appearance and two more on February 16, 1964 and February 23, 1964. Seating was very limited for their first appearance. It was reported that over 50,000 requests for tickets came in, but the studio could only seat 700. The rating for the live show was 45.3, meaning 45.3% of households with televisions were watching. The Beatles performed five songs; “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

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