February 9th is one of Pandemonium Screenplays' biggest holidays of the year because The Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan is the event that set our culture on fire! Almost everything cool that followed owes a debt to this event. So, enjoy all four songs in their entirety, plus the rarely seen afterparty jam! And, if you have a rock n' roll biopic, we'd love to check it out. Also, if you're in the mood to read a script with great music, innocence, and cultural impact, pick up "Never About Love".
On February 9, 1964, the British Invasion began with The Beatles playing live on The Ed Sullivan Show in front of an estimated 73 million Americans. Ed Sullivan introduced The Beatles, and was almost immediately drowned out by the screams of girls in the studio audience. The Beatles continued to play twice that evening on The Ed Sullivan Show and “Beatlemania” had officially arrived. The exposure of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 became a touchstone event for an entire generation.
The Beatles caught Ed Sullivan's attention at the London Airport when he saw crowds of their fans trying to catch a glimpse of the band returning from Sweden in 1963. Later that year, he witnessed another huge airport reception before The Beatles played the Royal Variety Show. It was incredibly clear that The Beatles had conquered England and were set to ignite teens in America with their catchy pop songs, adorable personalities and witty banter.
Ed Sullivan told The New York Times, “I made up my mind that this was the same sort of mass hysteria that surrounded Elvis Presley.” Sullivan booked The Beatles American debut——a pivotal moment in American cultural history. Never before had so many viewers tuned-in to watch a live television program. Nearly the entire country, 73 million viewers, watched history unfold on television.
The Beatles changed everything.