Fans remember the Beatles' 'Ed Sullivan Show' performance

By Marcina Zaccaria,

The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago on Feb. 9, 1964. That day resonated for people in the studio and those who watched it on television.

More than 70 million viewers tuned in that night. Through the eyes of fans who witnessed the performance on The Ed Sullivan Show , the moment was inspiring.

CBS chief Leslie Moonves recalled the first time that he heard the word, “Beatles.” He remembers that he thought the band was very cool, he told the Associated Press.

"...I watched, and I saw this unbelievable crowd reaction to these guys. And at school the next day, the Beatles were all anybody was talking about. And I felt very cool, because I had seen it," Moonves said. "But three days earlier, I hadn't heard of them."

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the surviving members of the Beatles, took part in a tribute performance that will air on CBS this month. George Harrison died in 2001 and John Lennon died in 1980.

According to Reuters, Starr told the crowd, "We were in a band called The Beatles and whenever we play, George and John are always with us."

Vince Calandra, program coordinator on the set of The Ed Sullivan Show told the AP, "They were all very professional, very respectful. They weren't like other groups that came in, whose attitude was, `OK, let's do the Sullivan Show and sell a bunch of records."

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles will air on Feb. 9.

image: CBS

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