Skip to main content
Report this ad

See also:

Paul McCartney's nervousness on Sullivan show didn't last long, historian says

The Beatles and Ed Sullivan.

If Paul McCartney seemed a bit nervous as the Beatles' debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” began, it quickly passed, Beatles historian Debra MacLaughlan-Dumes told Beatles Examiner.

“In the first set, he's incredibly nervous, almost misses the right notes.”

But he didn't stay nervous for long.

“Second set, he's so happy! He realizes he'd conquered America,” she notes.

She said on the other hand, the other Beatles had no sign of nerves of performing for the first time in front of an American TV audience.

“The others have no issues, other than John not knowing what people are laughing at when the subtitle says 'Sorry girls, he's married.' John couldn't read the monitor, being blind as six bats.”

But McCartney got over his initial nerves and “by the second set, Paul is clearly feeling much better.”

The CBS tribute to the Beatles' debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Tribute to the Beatles,” is being repeated Wednesday.


Stick with Beatles Examiner for the best and most complete coverage of the Beatles 50th and don't miss our special roundup: Beatles 101: Read all about it: Our fab stories on the Beatles' 50th anniversary.

We love to write about the Beatles and have been doing it since our time at a major metropolitan newspaper. Subscribe at this link and get addicted to our exclusive original stories and interviews and the best and most complete reporting about the Beatles anywhere in all our Beatles column pages at Beatles Examiner, Paul McCartney Examiner, George Harrison Examiner and Ringo Starr Examiner. You can subscribe through the button on this page and spread the word about us. And be sure to check out our That's What I Want” Beatles store. We are also the author of the ebook Meet a Monkee: Davy Jones.”

Copyright Steve Marinucci. Please do not reprint in full on other sites without permission. Connect with us on Facebook and Pinterest. And don't miss our weekly Beatles news podcast “Things We Said Today” available first on on the weekends, then on iTunes and

Report this ad