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The Beatles on Ed Sullivan: The Fab Four invaded the USA fifty years ago today

The Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. A lot of hysteria surrounded the Fab Four at the time as the boys from Liverpool hit New York City for their first appearance in the USA.

Fifty years ago today, The Beatles invade America
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This happened exactly fifty years ago on Feb. 9, and to celebrate, the Beatles' Facebook page speaks to this television performance that exploded across the nation after John, Paul, George, and Ringo crossed the Atlantic to entertain their rabid American fans. So does a relevant blog from Sarah Larson of The New Yorker on Feb. 7 regarding the ongoing Lincoln Center exhibit, "Ladies and Gentlemen..The Beatles!"

That said, on Feb. 8, the official Beatles Facebook page announced the CBS broadcast called "The Night that Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" will be a pertinent small screen offering airing on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., ET/PT.

Projected to be another amazing night when baby boomers can relive a lifetime highlight that has never again been repeated in the history of music, their presence at water coolers in offices and retirement homes around the nation on Monday morning should find these aging music lovers buzzing with renewed excitement.

By way of background, this unforgettable bout of Beatlemania caused by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr on this side of the pond is keenly remembered by those who were lucky enough to be around to experience the phenomenon.

So. it is only natural that this nation should offer a huge nod to the mop tops who made history in the Big Apple when their band showed up to perform their hits "All My Loving," "Till There was You," and "She Loves You" for a studio audience of 700.

In fact, prior to their Pan Am flight to the Big Apple on Feb. 7, 1964, these Liverpool lads had no idea what to expect when the Fab Four showed up for the first time on American soil. Paul McCartney reported that the blokes were told by the flight crew mid-flight that literally millions of fans had hit JFK to greet The Beatles. Ringo Starr admitted he was dismayed.

That said, none of this would have happened had Ed Sullivan not been in London a few months before the famous gathering in NYC.

Ed was reportedly visiting the British capital when The Beatles were returning from touring Sweden and so the showman witnessed Beatlemania as the very loud and frenzied experience played out right in front of him.

With that in mind, it would be an understatement to say that Ed Sullivan was intrigued. In fact, he was so enthralled he made a huge decision that would live on in history: He decided to book this particular band for three weeks of appearances on his CBS show broadcast in Manhattan starting on Sunday, Feb. 9.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, also known as The Beatles, showed up on Ed Sullivan for the first time, The Fab Four became the biggest band in the world ever to play on American television.

And that was only the beginning of the Beatles phenomenon when these English blokes with the long hair some parents found disgraceful at the time caused every teen on hand to scream in appreciation and for a number female fans of all ages to actually faint in the lads' presence. Talk about power to the people through the magic of music, British style.