CBS to air Beatles tribute on Ed Sullivan anniversary

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CBS will air a two-hour tribute show, ‘The Night That Changed America,’ at the exact time of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles legendary performance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

CBS, to the surprise of no one, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ appearance with a two-hour tribute show on Sun., Feb. 9.

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That’s exactly 50 years to the day and hour from the Fab Four’s first Ed Sullivan date  a show that drew massive viewership and, depending on one’s tolerance for superlatives, either kicked off the ’60s or altered pop culture forever.

In its formal announcement Thursday, CBS reported it is modestly titling this new show “The Night That Changed America.”

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The Beatles perform on 'The Ed Sullivan Show’ in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.

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The Beatles perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in New York on Feb. 9, 1964.

It definitely embedded the Beatles into American musical culture, with a resonance that long outlasted the original Beatlemania.

This new show will feature “the biggest names in music today,” according to CBS, though no specific names were cited.

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The salute will be filmed on Mon., Jan. 27, the day after the Grammys, which are also on CBS. So the roster of live Grammy talent should give a good clue to who will be on the Beatles show.

The show will include vintage clips and commentary as well as new performances.

There was no word whether the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will be part of the new portion of the show, which will air 8-10 p.m.


Music & Arts – NY Daily News

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