Ed Sullivan welcomes The Beatles as his guests in their first appearance on American television. The British rock group sings five of their current hit songs. Dutch comic magician Fred Kaps performs card tricks and a salt shaker stunt, the cast of the Broadway musical "Oliver" performs several numbers and Frank Gorshin does his impression of an imagined committee meeting of the U.S. Senate with its members all famous movie actors. British singer Tessie O'Shea performs three songs, including her hit, "Two-Ton Tessie from Tennessee", the comic team of Mitzi McCall and Charley Brill perform a comic sketch concerning the travails of a Hollywood producer trying to find the right woman for a part in a major motion picture and the comic acrobat team of Wells and the Four Fays perform a number of tumbling stunts. Written by
Did You Know?
Before The Beatles
made their first appearance on the show (on their first visit to America, in early 1964), manager Brian Epstein
and host Sullivan made some careful negotiations. Epstein wanted the show to cover the band's flight expenses to New York and back, and in return Sullivan wanted more than one appearance. In the end, the Beatles performed for three weeks running (two live and one pretaped), making visits to Washington DC and Miami in between. See more
[introducing the Beatles - 9 February 1964
Yesterday and today, our theatre's been jammed with newspapermen and hundreds of photographers from all over the nation. And these veterans agree with me that the city never has witnessed the excitement stirred by these youngsters from Liverpool who call themselves 'The Beatles.' Now tonight you're going to be twice entertained by them. Right now, and again in the second half of our show. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles.
Two-Ton Tessie from Tennessee
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Performed by Tessie O'Shea See more