Behind-The-Scenes At The Ed Sullivan Show

January 13, 2014 2:25 PM

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73 million people tuned into the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 to watch The Beatles perform. But there were only a select few who were able to catch a glimpse of the activity going on when the cameras weren’t on.

Now you can. Discovered deep in the CBS archive are photos of John, Paul, George and Ringo behind-the-scenes during the Ed Sullivan Show.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Band members (from left), George Harrison, Ringo Starr (drummer), Paul McCartney (seated), show host: Ed Sullivan and (far right) John Lennon. Hair dresser is unidentified.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, taking a break from their performance on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Band members (clockwise from lower left), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon and unidentified woman.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Show host Ed Sullivan reviewing the teleprompter notes.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Here, Paul McCartney, takes a break with a camera.

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ED SULLIVAN SHOW Ed Sullivan with The Beatles during rehearsal on February, 9, 1964.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. 2 of 4 band members (from left), John Lennon with Ringo Starr (drummer) signing an autograph to unidentified person while they take a break.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Band member Paul McCartney during a break.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Band member John Lennon during a break.

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Two of the four band members: George Harrison and John Lennon (at right).

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THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW featuring The Beatles, performed on Sunday, February 9, 1964, from CBS’s Studio 50 in New York City. Show host: Ed Sullivan at far left. Three of the four band members (from left), Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon.

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