How did The Beatles end up on the Ed Sullivan Show?
In my latest video, follow the journey that led to The Beatles being seen by 73 million people on the Ed Sullivan Show.
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Author: David Bedford
David Bedford grew up in The Dingle, attended the primary school that Ringo Starr did, before moving to Penny Lane, where his three daughters attended Dovedale Primary School, where John Lennon and George Harrison had previously attended.
His first book, "Liddypool" was published in 2009, now in its third edition. His second book, "The Fab one hundred and Four" was published in 2013, and his third book, "Finding the Fourth Beatle" was published in 2018. He was also the Associate Producer and Beatles historian for the documentary feature film, "Looking for Lennon".
He is working on several other projects at the moment,
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2 thoughts on “How did The Beatles end up on the Ed Sullivan Show?”
The print and electronic media coverage at that time was, of course, wonderful. Concurrently, merchandising was equally as wonderful. Store windows featured placards with heads vibrating back and forth as well as assorted apparel. My fondest memory was seeing hundreds of small, round stickers
placed on local telephone poles in various neighborhoods claiming “The Beatles Are Coming!”. For a thirteen year old this was like something from another planet! Truly unforgettable. I never, ever missed the “Jack Paar Show” on Friday evenings at 10 p.m. I would hazard to guess a sizeable portion of the Student Body at my Middle School viewed the first appearance on “Ed Sullivan Show” based upon the advance publicity discussed in the abovementioned.
Thanks Bill, I hadn’t heard about the stickers before. I’m learning so much, it is great. So you saw the Jack Paar Show? Timing seems to have been so important with each of these elements leading up to the Ed Sullivan Show.