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The Beatles week ahead: Feb. 9, 1964: 'The night they changed America'

The cover of "Meet the Beatles!," which America did on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
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Your Beatles calendar for the week:Special 50th anniversary events this week:

  • Ends Feb. 9, Altoona Beatles Conference, with authors Mark Lewisohn, Andy Babiuk, Jude Southerland Kessler, Walter Everett, Penn State’s Altoona College. .
  • Ends Feb. 10, British Invasion 2014, Hard Rock Rivera Maya Hotel, Cancun, Mexico.
  • Ends Feb. 9, February '64, Louisville, KY, sponsored by Abbey Road on the River. Tribute to the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" headlined by BritBeat. Information: http:'//
  • Feb. 9: "The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," 8 p.m. ET/PT, CBS.
  • "Across the Universe Beatles Music Festival" grand finale with international bands including Sons Of Origin, Jukebox Beatles, Two Of Us, The Clover and more. 7 p.m. Feb. 9, The Bitter End, Greenwich Village. Website link: $19.64 at the door. Bring a non-perishable food item for Food Bank for New York City. Info:
  • Ends Feb. 9, Fest for Beatles Fans, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City, with guests Donovan, Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Cousin Brucie and more. Information:
  • Feb. 15: The Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Tribute, Cranbury Inn Restaurant, Cranbury, N.J.
  • Feb. 11: “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Beatles”: Beatles author Mark Lewisohn talks to Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli, 6:45 p.m. Feb. 11, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Feb. 9: “The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Tribute to the Beatles,” 8 p.m. ET/PT, CBS.
  • Feb. 9: Beatles 50th anniversary party at CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar in Foxboro, Mass. hosted by Cha-Chi Loprete of WZLX's “Breakfast With the Beatles.” Includes screening of “The Beatles Boston” documentary (in which Loprete in interviewed), Beatle tribute bands, special guests, trivia, videos and prizes. At 8 p.m., the CBS broadcast of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” will be show. Admission is free.
  • Feb. 7-28: Unseen photos from the Beatles 1964 U.S. Tour by photographers Curt Gunther, Ken Regan, Robert Whitaker, Charles Trainor, Terry O'Neil and Rowland Scherman, Sunset Marquis Hotel, W. Hollywood, CA.
  • Feb. 9: Beatles Hollywood 50, tribute at the Walk of Fame, 1 p.m., outside Capitol Records, 1750 Vine Street, Hollywood. Chris Carter of “Breakfast With the Beatles” will host. A special guest Ed Sullivan impersonator will welcome Beatles fans. A “Beatles 50' Anniversary cake” will be cut by Carter and shared with all Beatles fans in attendance. Admission is free.
  • Yesterday & Today, tribute to Washington Coliseum show, Feb. 11, Uline Arena, Washington, D.C. Info:
  • Feb. 12: Sid Bernstein public memorial at the Cutting Room, NYC.
  • Exhibit: “50 Years of Beatlemania”: Rock Paper Photo is featuring pictures by Henry Grossman, Astrid Kirchherr and Tom Murray.
  • Feb. 15: Harrisfest 2014, White's of Westport, Westport, Mass.

(For more information on the Beatles 50th anniversary, see the story list of our complete story coverage.)

Regular events:


Beatles tours:


  • The Beatles LOVE, Cirque du Soleil, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas. Performances: Thursdays through Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. No performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tickets:
  • 1964: The Tribute: Feb. 11: Vienna, VA. Feb. 12: Battle Creek, Mich. Feb. 15: Miami Beach. Info:
  • The Fab Four: Feb. 9: Collingwood, N.J. Fel. 11: Washington, D.C. Feb. 14: Belcourt, N.D. More info:
  • Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles: Feb. 9: Cedar Falls, IA. Feb. 11: Concord, N.H. Info:
  • Laurence Juber: Feb. 5-9: Hard Rock Hotel, Cancun, Mexico. March 1: Autism benefit, Los Angeles. More info:
  • The Fab Faux: Feb. 15: Albany, N.Y. More info:
  • Bootleg Beatles: March-April: U.K. shows.
  • Creme Tangerine: Feb. 21: Issaquah, WA. .
  • Beatles Brunch, 12 p.m. Saturday, B.B. King's, New York City.
  • “Made In Liverpool Sunday Show,” Beatles tribute, 14:30 London time, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “The Two of Us Monday Show,” weekly tribute to Lennon & McCartney, 18:00 Mondays, the Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information:
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” weekly Beatles tribute show with the Cavern Club Beatles, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cavern Club, Liverpool. Information: Information:
  • Beatleshow, 5:30 p.m. nightly, Saxe Theater, Las Vegas.

Future events:



Beatles history:

  • Feb. 9, 1964: The Beatles make their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Beatles chart news:

  • On Billboard charts: On Billboard 200, “1” at #74. Paul McCartney “NEW” at #189, “Hey Jude” at #191. Catalog Albums: “1” at #10.

50 years ago this week on the British charts:

  • Singles: The Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand” drops from #6 to #7 for week of 2-8-64. “She Loves You” drops from #16 to #19. Rolling Stones' “I Wanna Be Your Man” drops from #17 to #24. “I'm in Love” by the Fourmost goes from #20 to #17.“All My Loving” by the Dowlands drops to #39 from #35.
  • Albums: “With the Beatles” and “Please Please Me” stay at #1 and #2. “Listen to Billy J. Kramer” at #19.

American charts:

  • Singles: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” stays at #1 1on Billboard. “She Loves You” jumps from #21 to #7. “Please Please Me” jumps to #57 from #68. “I Saw Her Standing There” debuts at #68. Bubbling Under: “My Bonnie” at #107.
  • LPs: “The Singing Nun” still #1, but “Meet the Beatles!” jumps from #92 to #3. “Introducing the Beatles” debuts at #59.

Last week's best Beatles stories:

On radio:

  • “Things We Said Today”: Each week, myself and Ken Michaels of “Every Little Thing” discuss the latest Beatles news topics. The latest shows on this weekend and on iTunes and, are an interview with author Larry Kane about his book "When They Were Boys: The True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top" and on The Grammy Awards. “Things We Said Today” is available on iTunes (where you can subscribe to us) and, and can be heard at noon ET/9 a.m. PT Saturday and noon ET/9 p.m. PT and 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT Sundays on You can write to us at
  • “Every Little Thing”: The next live broadcast of ELT will include interviews with Mark Rivera (discussing his new album "Common Bond" with a song featuring Ringo,) and Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens (sharing memories of the Beatles coming to America,) plus early Beatles music 1962-1964. The show, hosted by Ken Michaels, airs 8 to 10 p.m. EST Wednesdays on 88.7 WNHU, West Haven, CT, can be streamed at Ken has several new interviews on his website including Chad Stuart. Details at
  • .“Fab 4 Free 4 All”: Latest show: “The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Part 1”. Available on iTunes and at
  • “Beatle Brunch”: Feb. 9: The Beatles invade America. Website:
  • “The John Lennon Hour”: Weekly hour of John Lennon music and history hosted by Jude Southerland Kessler. 8 p.m. ET Sunday at Beatles-A-Rama. Available through iTunes. Website:
  • "Magical Mystery Tour": Two-hour weekly show hosted by James D. Jones with Beatles and solo music. Saturdays at 3 p.m. CST on WKCC-FM (91.1), Kankakee Community College, Kanakee, Ill. Website: or
  • “Recipe Records”: Weekly podcast by Lanea Stagg that features food and music discussion, and often Beatles discussion. Episodes have featured Jim Berkenstadt, author of “The Beatle Who Vanished”; David Bedford, author of “Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles”; Al Sussman of Beatlefan; Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci (aka me); John Lennon Series author Jude Southerland Kessler, and Pat Matthews of Beatles-a-Rama. All shows are here:
  • “Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With the Beatles”: Feb. 9: First of three shows features audio from “The Ed Sullivan Show,” plus author Judith Kirsten (“A Date With a Beatle”) and Debbie Gendvil, who was in the audience. Show website.
  • “Chris Carter's 'British Invasion': Three-hour weekly show on Sirius/XM Ch. 21 at 9 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday. Feb. 9 show includes appearance by John Lennon impersonator Tim Piper.
  • “Chris Carter's Breakfast With the Beatles”: On KLOS-FM (95.5) 9 a.m. PT Sunday. Website.
  • “The Beatledd Fab Four Hour”: The show, hosted by Edd Raineri, airs live each Friday, 7-8 PM EDT, on WRKC-FM in Wilkes-Barre, PA. You can listen live online at: The program’s Facebook page can be found at: .
  • “I've Got a Beatles Podcast”: “George's 'Dark Horse.” Information:
  • Breakfast With The Beatles hosted by Cha-Chi Loprete: 8 a.m. ET Sundays, WZLX-FM (100.7 FM) in Boston or streaming at (Click on Listen Live).
  • “Saturday With the Beatles,” KCSN, 88.5 FM Northridge, CA at 10 am Pacific, 12 noon Eastern, and 6 p.m. London time.
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles": 8 to 10 a.m. CT Sundays, WXRT in Chicago. Also streamed at
  • Now and Then": An hour of the Beatles at 8 p.m. ET Monday. The station's frequency is 88.9 FM and is located in the Philadelphia, PA/Southern NJ market. Available online at
  • “On the Beat”: Excellent show hosted by Beatles author Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside. Not primarily a Beatles show, but a lot of the discussion focuses on the Liverpool music scene in the '60s, often with those who were there. Airs Saturdays at 17:30 (5:30 p.m.) in the UK and archived online for a week after at
  • "Sounds of the Sixties": Brian Matthews, who interviewed the Beatles on the BBC in the '60s, hosts this weekly show featuring music by the Beatles and others from that decade. Programs air Saturdays and stay online for a week at
  • "Beatlesongs": Hosted by Rob Leonard airs 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. ET Friday on 90.3 FM WHPC and streaming at
  • “Breakfast With the Beatles With Andre Gardner”: The show airs from 7 to 9 a.m. ET Sundays on WMGK-FM 102.9 and 7-9 a.m. PT on KSLX-FM 100.7 in Phoenix.
  • “The Beatles Complete on Ukelele”: Weekly show featuring new version of Beatle song played on ukelele. Information:
  • “Just Four Guys”: New shows available at 4 p.m. ET Tuesdays at
  • "Dinner Specials With May Pang and Cynthia Nielsen": More info:
  • “Mid-Evening With the Beatles,” from the Philippines, 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning Eastern time, at their website
  • “Across the Universe,” hosted by Glenn Calderone from 8-10 p.m. EST Tuesdays on
  • “Beatles and Beyond”: Hosted by Pete Dicks. Available at

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