February 9, 1964: The Beatles’ record-breaking first live appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show at CBS’ Studio 50 in New York City (x)
“Seventy-three million people were reported to have watched the first show. It is still supposed to be one of the largest viewing audiences ever in the States. It was very important. We came out of nowhere with funny hair, looking like marionettes or something. That was very influential. (…) I get people like Dan Aykroyd saying, ‘Oh man, I remember that Sunday night; we didn’t know what had hit us - just sitting there watching Ed Sullivan’s show.’ Up until then there were jugglers and comedians like Jerry Lewis, and then, suddenly, The Beatles!" - Paul McCartney
50 YEARS AGO → February 7th, 1964
The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A crowd estimated at three thousand greets them. It’s their first time in America.
"I know on the plane over I was thinking ‘Oh, we won’t make it’, but that’s that side of me. We knew we could wipe them out if we could just get a grip."
Beatles at luggage claim, February 7, 1964
The Beatles Arrive In New York for their First US Visit: February 7, 1964