Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY Salute, airing this Sunday, February 9th from 8 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The primetime entertainment special — presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS — will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group the Beatles and their groundbreaking first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The show, which taped on Monday, January 27th, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound and airs exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event. Originally slated to be a two-hour event, the special has added an additional half-hour given the overwhelming success of the taping, a wealth of archival material, and new interviews.
The all-star lineup for this historic event features performances and/or presentations by: The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl, Eric Idle, Imagine Dragons, Alicia Keys & John Legend, Anna Kendrick, David Letterman, LL COOL J, Jeff Lynne, Maroon 5, John Mayer & Keith Urban, Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Sean Penn, Ed Sheeran, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, and a one-night only reunion of Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. The house band for the event includes notable musicians Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Chris Caswell (keyboard), Peter Frampton (guitar), Rami Jaffe (organ), Steve Lukather (guitar), Greg Phillinganes (keyboard), and Don Was (bass), who also served as musical director.
The special also will feature David Letterman interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater on February 4th; recollections from three fans who were in the audience for the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show; and interviews with three people who worked at the show and were there the night this milestone event took place.
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY Salute will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic moments in music and television. Featuring today’s top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four that momentous evening in 1964 and other Beatles classics through the years, the show also will include footage from that landmark Sunday night, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and this legendary performance.
The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show is one of the most watched television events ever — with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour. It is considered by many historians and critics as one of the most important moments in music and television.
Following is a list of performances on The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A GRAMMY Salute:
- Maroon 5: “All My Loving” & “Ticket To Ride”
- John Mayer & Keith Urban: “Don’t Let Me Down”
- Ed Sheeran: “In My Life”
- Imagine Dragons: “Revolution”
- Stevie Wonder: “We Can Work It Out”
- Alicia Keys & John Legend: “Let It Be”
- Katy Perry: “Yesterday”
- Eurythmics: “The Fool On The Hill”
- Dave Grohl & Jeff Lynne: “Hey Bulldog”
- Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams w/The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil: “Here Comes The Sun”
- Jeff Lynne & Joe Walsh: “Something”
- Gary Clark Jr., Dave Grohl & Joe Walsh: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
- Ringo Starr: “Matchbox,” “Boys,” “Yellow Submarine”
- Paul McCartney: “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Get Back,” “Birthday”
- All-Star Finale: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Hey Jude.”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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