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The Beatles On Ed Sullivan — Part 2


THE BEATLES' second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was from Miami on February 16, 1964. The performance was done live from their hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Prior to the performance, The Beatles played to a live audience during the afternoon at the hotel. Then at 8:00 p.m., they played The Ed Sullivan Show live, via satellite.

The first set on the show was confounded by some technical difficulties. Paul's microphone wasn't working, and John's vocals seemed raw without the harmony of Paul's voice.

The Beatles sang six songs; "She Loves You," "This Boy," "All My Loving," "I Saw Her Standing There," "From Me To You," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

The next Sullivan performance came on February 23, 1964.

Actually, the February 23rd performance was their first. The Beatles previously recorded this performance on February 9th in the afternoon, and the tape was then shown three Sundays later.

For this performance, The Beatles played three songs, "Twist and Shout," "Please Please Me," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

This was the performance, if you remember that Ed Sullivan thanked The Beatles for "being four of the nicest youngsters."

On Sunday, May 24, 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show broadcast an interview that Ed had with The Beatles. The interview was more or less a promo for their new movie, A Hard Day's Night. The interview included a tape of The Beatles singing, "You Can't Do That," from the movie. Although seen this night, this video section did not make it into the final movie cut.

On August 14, 1965, The Beatles again taped songs for the September 12th Ed Sullivan Show. This appearance included the classic performance by Paul when he stood solo in the spotlight and sang an acoustic version of "Yesterday." The moment has special memories for most first generation Beatles' fans.

On that same show, the lads played "I Feel Fine," "I'm Down," "Act Naturally," "Ticket To Ride," and "Help."

The next occasion that The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show wason June 5, 1966, when two taped videos of "Rain" and "Paperback Writer" were shown.

Then on November 26, 1967, another video was shown. This time, it was a tape of The Beatles playing "Hello, Goodbye."

The last two performances of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan came on February 12, 1967 with "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever," and the final performance was on February 15, 1970. On this final occasion, they played "Two Of Us" and "Let It Be."

"Goodnight everyone, and drive safely."

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