Beatles mark 50 years since their Ed Sullivan debut

Posted: February 6, 2014 at 6:19 a.m.

In this Feb. 9, 1964, file photo, Ed Sullivan (center) stands with The Beatles (from left) Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, during a rehearsal for the British group’s first American appearance, on The Ed Sullivan Show, in New York. CBS is planning a two-hour special on Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary.

It was inevitable, time marching on as it does, and yet it is also hard to believe: Half a century has passed since the Beatles touched down in New York for the first time, on Feb. 7, 1964, and seduced the country with three performances on The Ed Sullivan Show and a pair of concerts at the Washington Coliseum and Carnegie Hall.

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