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The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show

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Published on Feb 23, 2014

The final of The Beatles' first three Ed Sullivan Show broadcasts had been pre-recorded back in New York City at the beginning of their trip. For this show (broadcast on this date, in 1964), the band played Twist and Shout, Please Please Me and I Want To Hold Your Hand. The program went out the day after The Beatles had landed back on British soil, after they'd fulfilled their long-held dream of winning-over the USA .

In the clip below, you can hear Ed Sullivan, in his opening to the show, speaking warmly of the boys and fondly of the phenomenon of their American successes.

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