The Beatles 50th Anniversary of American Debut

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in music and television

As I’m sure many of you are aware of, yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles making their first appearance on the legendary “The Ed Sullivan Show”. Described by many as ‘The Night That Changed America’, The Beatles appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” was historically groundbreaking, considered by many historians to be one of the most important moments in music television.

Last night, CBS aired a special 2 hour tribute to the legacy of The Beatles and their iconic performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. It was a pretty incredible show, bringing artists together from all different genres to sing some of The Beatles greatest songs. It was pretty spectacular seeing all of the big name artists, all the way from the 60’s to present, and how The Beatles were such a major influence on their musical careers. Whether you love The Beatles or not, it is tough to argue that they were one of, if not the, most influential bands of all time and our music today would differ greatly had they not existed.

I was hoping I would be able to share some clips from lasts nights performances with you, since they were all incredible, but unfortunately CBS sucks and probably has them locked away in a vault until they sell a DVD Box set for $100 next Christmas Season. So, to make up for that, I’ve included some great covers of historic Beatles songs. I wanted to include more, but I realized I would be here for weeks if I listed all of my favorites.

Edit: I was able to find some clips from last night, I’ve included them below!


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl And Gary Clarke Jr. While My Guitar Gently Weeps In Front Of God, Randall – Beatles Tribute 02/2014 from Randall Johnson on Vimeo.

Taken from last nights incredible performance by Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl, and Gary Clarke Jr. Absolutely mind blowing.

Let It Be

Taken from the motion picture, “Across the Universe”, centered around The Beatles songs. I know a few people weren’t fans of this film, however, I was blown away by this rendition of “Let It Be“. One of my favorite versions of this song hands down.


Performed by band Crowd Theory, This is an excellent rendition of “Something“.

I Saw Her Standing There (music begins at about 1:20)

Covered by Stereophonics

 Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunion

Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from Kimberly Joy on Vimeo.

This was pretty special as Ringo Starr joined Paul McCartney on stage to play “Hey Jude” as well as other Beatles classics.

CBS and The Grammys put on one hell of a show last night that payed an incredible amount of respect to one of the most iconic bands in the history of music. I highly suggest everyone watch it when you have an opportunity, whether you dvr’ed it or can get it on demand.

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