On Sunday, the music industry honored the The Beatles on the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles famous performance live from the“Ed Sullivan Show” (now, the David Letterman Show Theater) with a star-studded special on CBS, “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute.”
It was 50 years to the day that four British musicians arrived in the USA to perform for America on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
This iconic moment was not just a memorable moment in music but for American culture.
14 million viewers watched the tribute yet, that still didn’t top the 73 million viewers back in 1964 that tuned into the Beatles first performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr shared memories of the historic performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” with David Letterman during the special. They also performed several famous Beatles songs.
The special featured interviews with the now grown-up members of the screaming female audience from the “Ed Sullivan Show.”
In addition, there is an interview with a production assistant from the “Ed Sullivan Show” who was a stand-in for George Harrison during rehearsal when Harrison was sick with the flu earlier that day.
McCartney and Starr weren’t the only two performing Beatles hits and reflecting on the historical event, special guests included; 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.
Maroon 5 kicked off the performances with their version of “All My Loving.”
Stevie Wonder performed with his signature sound for his rendition of “We Can Work It Out.”
Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne, the Beatles producer, and Dhani Harrison, George Harrison’s son, performed “Something” together.
Katy Perry belted out a soul-shaking rendition of “Yesterday.”
A special moment was when The Eurythmics, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, reunited to perform “Fool On The Hill.”
Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne sang “Hey Bulldog” from the Beatles Yellow Submarine album.
Prior to performing last night, Dave Grohl cited the Beatles as the reason for him being a musician. “If it weren’t for the Beatles, I would not be a musician,” Grohl said. “From a very early age, I loved their groove and their swagger, their grace and their beauty, their dark and their light. The Beatles knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as rock and roll, for my parents, for me and for my daughter, too.”
In response, Grohl’s adorable daughter stood up in her seat and made a heart with her hands while her father performed.
The surviving Beatles members treated the audience to several songs including Ringo singing “Yellow Submarine” while Paul McCartney sang “Hey Jude” with Ringo on the drums.
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