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Meet The Panelist For 50 Years: The Beatles

On February 9, 1964, 73 million people turned on the Ed Sullivan Show to watch four boys from Liverpool transform not just music but the world.

02/05/2014

August 25, 1967: Paul McCartney of the Beatles and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones sit opposite each other on a train at Euston Station, waiting for departure to Bangor. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Express/Getty Images)

Age-Old Debate: Beatles vs. Stones

The Beatles and the Rolling Stones represent two sides of one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest aesthetic debates. In this excerpt from his book Beatles vs. Stones, historian John McMillian describes how the Stones shaped […]

02/03/2014

The Beatles Behind-The-Scenes at The Ed Sullivan Show

Out of a Flaming Pie Comes the Beatles

This is part of a series of essays to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American television appearance on CBS’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It culminates with CBS News Live Experiences’ “50 Years: The Beatles,” a live, […]

02/03/2014

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Transistor Radios Ignited Beatlemania

Guest essay by Steve Greenberg Had Capitol Records stuck to its original launch plan for the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold your Hand,” the insanity which gripped American teens could never have happened in time […]

02/01/2014

February 6, 1964: Two American fans trying out their Beatles style wigs in anticipation of the British group's arrival in New York on 'Beatle Day'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Beyond The Ordinary: From Mop Tops To Chic

By Devin McKinney “When we got here, you were all walking around in f***ing Bermuda shorts,” John Lennon said of The Beatles’ US landfall on February  7, 1964. “There was no conception of dress or […]

01/31/2014

Larry Kane With Paul and John. (Photo: Larry Kane)

The Beatles Fight Bigotry In America

This piece by Larry Kane is part of a series of essays to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American television appearance on CBS’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It culminates with CBS News, 50 […]

01/30/2014

Photographer Eddie Adams shoots John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr at the Central Park photo op with the Beatles, Feb. 8, 1964, New York City. / Bill Eppridge

Lost Beatles Photographs Found

This piece by Adrienne Aurichio is part of a series of essays to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American television appearance on CBS’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It culminates with CBS News, 50 […]

01/30/2014

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Paul McCartney’s “Loving” Muse

This is part of a series of essays to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American television appearance on CBS’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It culminates with CBS News Live Experiences’ “50 Years: The […]

01/29/2014

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan 50 Years Later

The Eurythmics also reunited; Stevie Wonder, Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl were among other performers.

01/28/2014

Atlantic City, New Jersey Convention Hall August 30, 1964-Photo: Mirrorpix

The Beatles’ 1964 North American Tour

Guest blog by Chuck Gunderson It was record-shattering, precedent-setting, groundbreaking, earth-shaking and moneymaking. The Beatles’ 1964 tour of North America would forever change the concert industry. In February 1964, after finally achieving a number-one hit […]

01/28/2014

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What Sparked Beatlemania In 1964

Guest blog by Bruce Spizer As strange as it sounds, Beatlemania in America was jump started by CBS News anchorman Walter  Cronkite, a 15-year-old girl from Silver Spring, Maryland, and a disc jockey  from Washington, D.C.   Cronkite’s decision […]

01/27/2014

Beatles In Paris

All-Time Great Beatles One-Liners

By Bill Crandall On both sides of the Atlantic, many members of the press resented being assigned to The Beatles beat. After all, attempting intellectual discourse with baby-faced “musicians” over screaming teenagers at airports, train […]

01/27/2014

The Beatles Behind-The-Scenes at The Ed Sullivan Show

Motown Really Had A Hold On The Beatles

On their second album, The Beatles wore their influences on the record sleeve. Released in the U.K. less than three months before the Fab Four’s U.S. invasion, With the Beatles featured eight original compositions, one […]

01/24/2014

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Brian Epstein: The Fifth Beatle

By Vivek J. Tiwary “If anyone was The Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” – Paul McCartney, 1999 “Like the great classical composers, the Beatles will inspire people, and they will stand the test of time.” – […]

01/23/2014

Feburary 8, 1964: Liverpudlian beat combo The Beatles, from left to right Ringo Starr, John Lennon (1940 - 1980), Paul McCartney and George Harrison (1943 - 2001), talk to a journalist at London Airport.  (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Meet the Beatles: ‘Alley Cats in Agony’

By Bill Crandall This is part of a series of essays to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American television appearance on CBS’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” It culminates with CBS News Live Experiences’ […]

01/22/2014