Beatles Tribute Show Brings Back Sunday Night Success to CBS

The Beatles revolutionized the music business 50 years ago appearing on Ed Sullivan
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan - photo courtesy of CBS
The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

NEW YORK CITY — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on a CBS Special “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,” Sunday night 8 – 10:30 p.m.

The broadcast is presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS.

The show, taped on Jan. 27, features performances by a range of artists including Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.

The house band for the night features Peter Frampton on guitar, Kenny Aronoff on drums, Chris Caswell on keyboard, Lenny Castro on percussion, Steve Lukather on guitar, Greg Phillinganes on keyboard and Don Was, who also served as musical director, on bass.

TV Monitor introduces John Lennon to America
TV Screen during Ed Sullivan Show introduces John Lennon to America

The Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show revolutionized the music industry and changed music forever.  The Feb. 9 airing commemorates exactly 50 years since the Liverpool group’s historic appearance in NYC.

In addition to a reunion of the Eurythmics, who will perform, artists scheduled include: Maroon 5, “All My Lovin’,” “Ticket To Ride;” Imagine Dragons, “Revolution;” Stevie Wonder, “We Can Work it Out;” Ringo Starr, “Matchbox;” Paul McCartney, “I Saw Her Standing There;” and an all-star finale including “Hey Jude.”