When the Beatles arrived in the U.S. on Feb 7, the world was still in black and white. Within 48 hours, the term “Where were you when.., appropriately applied to the debut of the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb 9, 1964. Since then, black and white had been turned into technicolor.
Watched by over 73 million viewers, the performance of John, Paul, George and Ringo had sent shock waves through the television, igniting what would later be known as “Beatlemania.” With a five song set, which included “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “Show Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Fab Four kicked off three consecutive weekly appearances and inspired kids all over the world to pick up instruments.
To say that Feb 9 is a coveted day in Rock n’ Roll is an understatement. The rock and roll revolution had begun.