1964, The Beatles made their US live debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed five songs. Never before had so many viewers tuned into a live television program, which with 73 million viewers, was three-fourths of the total adult audience in the United States. The next day a new generation of musicians were born, as male teens across the country went to the music store to buy guitars and drums and formed bands!
American television personality Ed Sullivan (1902 – 1974) (left) introduces British pop and rock music group the Beatles on his tv variety program, ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ New York, New York, February 9, 1964. The band consists of Paul McCartney (second left), George Harrison (1943 – 2001) (center), John Lennon (1940 – 1980) (right foreground), and Ringo Starr (behind the drum kit). (Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images)
The Beatles during a performance taping for the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.