As the 50th anniversary of the Beatles‘ ground-breaking performance on The Ed Sullivan Show approaches, we got our hands on some footage that has previously been unavailable online. Check out the original performances of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” from the February 9th, 1964 show in New York, “This Boy” from a February 16th, 1964 taping in Miami and a clip of “Twist & Shout” from their first-ever U.S. show on February 11th, 1964 at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.
Next week marks the actual annivesary of Beatlemania’s beginnings, and to celebrate, the Late Show With David Letterman will have Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr return to the Ed Sullivan Theater. This week, the show is getting a jump on the festivities by hosting a “Beatles tribute,” where guests such as Sting, the Flaming Lips, Broken Bells and Lenny Kravitz will all play Beatles tunes.
Rolling Stone recently profiled the Beatles’ arrival in America, with a cover story that examines how the Beatles managed to become the biggest band in the land despite label woes, a skeptical U.S. media and a citizenry that was still reeling from the Kennedy assassination.
The latest Beatles release is a massive 13-disc retrospective box set simply titled The U.S. Albums.