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The Beatles’ 1st TV Appearance in the U.S. Wasn’t ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

Everyone knows The Beatles’ debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 established the band in the United States. They matched their European fame in North America and became the most popular band on both sides of the Atlantic. But that groundbreaking show wasn’t The Beatles’ first time on American TV. Eagle-eyed fans saw John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr on TV long before George shared that the pleasure of touring wore off for the group.

(l-r) Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Ed Sullivan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney on Feb. 9, 1964 | Express Newspapers/Getty Images

The Beatles broke through in the United States because of ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

It was only a matter of time before The Beatles made it big in the U.S. Ed Sullivan just helped the process.



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