THE BEATLES: Ed Sullivan, center, stands with The Beatles, from left, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, during a rehearsal for the British group's first American appearance, on the "Ed Sullivan Show," in New York. CBS is planning a two-hour special on Feb. 9, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ groundbreaking first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Photo: Associated Press
The British group’s first American appearance, on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” in New York on Feb. 9, 1964 was seen by more than 70 million viewers. “Beatlemania” swept the charts with twenty No. 1 hits and more than 100 million records sold.