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Meet the Beatles… again. CBS re-airs Beatles special tonight

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The Beatles on the The Ed Sullivan Show, (PHOTO: Sofa Entertainment and TJL Productions)

(CBS) – CBS will present an encore broadcast of THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA – A GRAMMY® SALUTE, Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 8:30-11:00 p.m.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform together on THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA – A GRAMMY® SALUTE.

The special celebrates the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY Award-winning Beatles and their groundbreaking first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Originally slated to be a two-hour event, the special has added an additional half-hour with the overwhelming success of the taping, a wealth of archival material, and new interviews.

The all-star lineup for this historic event features performances and presentations by: The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark, Jr., Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl, Eric Idle, Imagine Dragons, Alicia Keys and John Legend, Anna Kendrick, David Letterman, LL COOL J, Jeff Lynne, Maroon 5, John Mayer and Keith Urban, Katy Perry, Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams, Sean Penn, Ed Sheeran, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, and a one-night-only reunion of Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. The house band for the event includes notable musicians Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Chris Caswell (keyboard), Peter Frampton (guitar), Rami Jaffe (organ), Steve Lukather (guitar), Greg Phillinganes (keyboard) and Don Was (bass), who also served as musical director.

The special will feature David Letterman interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater; recollections from three fans who were in the audience for the Beatles’ first performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”; and interviews with three people who worked at the show and were there that night.

The Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is one of the most-watched television events ever, with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour. It is considered by many historians and critics to be one of the most important moments in music and television.


  • airjackie

    For many it was great. A young generation had lost the President that brought us together. Adults acting crazy with hate, racism, discrimination while we watched the insanity. Well the Beatles arrived and they brought us together with music. All races joined in and color did not matter. Adults did not like the Beatles because they were inspired by artist of all races. But it was the music they ruled a generation. My Dad did not understand but he did support my love for the Beatles and I even had my hair cut like Ringo Star. Many will watch the re-run of the show but for it all I have to do is close my eyes and sing ” She loves you ya ya ya “.

  • Mike Bailey

    Just finished watching the show with my parents who are in their 80’s. We were all together that night because my mom was a Beatles fan in ’64. Throughout the 60’s whenever a new Beatles album would come out she would buy a copy for my cousin who was her goddaughter. She still has those albums. Both families would gather around the old console stereo and listen to the latest songs. The one that really blew everyone away was side two of Abbey Road. Thanks MOM!!

  • qanne12

    I loved the Beastles it was in my life time when they
    Started! I grew up with them- ” I want to hold you hand” my first date
    That song was playing!

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