Usually mainstream tribute specials are too filled with corny moments for anyone to endure, but surprisingly CBS's “The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Tribute to the Beatles” honoring the 50th anniversary of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” which aired Feb. 9, kept that to a minimum.
The music was generally good. An outstanding moment was Jeff Lynne accompanied by Joe Walsh and Dhani Harrison doing “Something.”Eric Idle's comic routine that mentioned the Rutles was a surprise and another highlght.
The interview segments with fans who were at the show and Sullivan show staffers would have made a great program on their own. And after touting the interview of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr by David Letterman so much in advance it was disappointing to see how little was used in the show.
The must-see part was the appearances by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney at the end of the show. The performances were good. The tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison, though, certainly made more than a few eyes misty.
And we're happy for Tom Hanks that he got such a good seat.