. . . Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play . . . .
On April 4, 1964, the Beatles did something no recording artist had done before – or will ever do again. They had the TOP FIVE songs in the nation. 4/4/64!
As BILLBOARD writes, “With 20 career leaders, the Beatles lead all acts for most No. 1s in the Hot 100’s archives.”
It was 50 years ago this coming Sunday night, the Beatles did something equally rare – dominate American television with their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I heard a rumour once, than not a single hubcap was stolen in New York City February 9, 1964. I hope that is true.
CBS held on to many of the artists from last weeks Grammy’s to commemorate the original appearance.. That tape will be shown exactly 50 years to the hour (almost) that the original Fab Four took the stage.
The tape for this Sunday’s show has leaked out, and below is a full run down from RADIO.COM, including the songs Paul and Ringo will be playing TOGETHER!
Monday night (Jan. 27) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, a cavalcade of big-name artists spanning generations and genres were showing their love, and paying tribute to the Fab Four while filming The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles, which airs Feb. 9 on CBS (which, in full disclosure, owns Radio.com). Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Brad Paisley and a reunited Eurythmics were among the artists to take the stage to put their spin on Beatles classics
But another aspect of the show was the Beatles footage that was used in between performances. Watching the promo clips for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “One After 909″ and “Penny Lane,” plus footage of the band jamming in the studio, served as a great reminder of how much fun these guys were to watch. It was one of these film clips that opened the show; a video of the Beatles playing “All My Loving” ended abruptly, and Maroon 5 took over and finished the song, kicking off the first of many live performances.
BEATLESFOREVER! BEATLESFOREVER! BEATLESFOREVER!