Sunday, February 9, 2014

CBS Celebrates The Beatles American History

CBS News is marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first American television appearance with a live media event, set to take place Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. est at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, 50 years to the day from when the Fab Four first performed on CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Anthony Mason, CBS News senior business correspondent and anchor of "CBS This Morning: Saturday," will host and moderate the event, which will be live streamed on and

Featuring several high-profile musicians and artists whose work has been influenced by the Beatles -- ranging from singer-songwriter John Oates to George Harrison's first wife, Pattie Boyd -- the one-time, live symposium will examine the social and musical impact the Fab Four had on the world.

It will also highlight rare footage from CBS News' extensive archives of the Beatles' first three days in New York City and their famous appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9, 1964. Both websites will feature photo galleries, archival radio interviews with the Beatles and written pieces looking at the band's songs and cultural influence. source  MORE HERE

Directly following, CBS will air a 90-minute special entitled “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America-A Grammy Salute”.

The special (taped January 27, 2014), brims with faithful and retooled covers by admirers ranging from Katy Perry (Yesterday) and Ed Sheeran (In My Life) to Imagine Dragons (Revolution). None summon the excitement, awe and, yes, nostalgia, like the surviving mop tops (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr). Their closing segment, in solo and collaborative sets, crowns the show's offerings. Starr arrives first with rockabilly classic Matchbox, the bouncing Boys and crowd sing-along Yellow Submarine.

Intensity spikes with McCartney's back-to-back blast of Magical Mystery Tour, Birthday and Get Back. With youthful vigor, he rips into I Saw Her Standing There before Starr returns to join him on a jubilant Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and With a Little Help From My Friends. With McCartney on vocals and piano and Starr on drums, they end with a hypnotic flourish on Hey Jude. source MORE HERE

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