Remembering When the Beatles Appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

On this day in 1964, the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, one week after “I Want to Hold Your Hand” became their first #1 hit in America. While 728 audience members in the theatre experienced the Beatles singing to them in person, the estimated audience watching the much-hyped event at home was 73 million. Sullivan was in his 16th season on the air, and his program…

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