“Like the lunar landing”: The day the Beatles changed the world on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

Today marks the anniversary of the Beatles’ legendary February 1964 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” On that fabled Sunday night 57 years ago, the Fab Four served up blockbuster performances of such tunes as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “All My Loving” for an audience of some 73 million viewers. But it was much more than that.

As far as music culture is concerned, the tremors from that evening have been felt for years, even decades to come. For budding musicians across the United States, the Beatles’ “Ed Sullivan” appearance proved to be a watershed moment.

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