Yesterday … a Beatles tribute band will perform Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Historic Downtown Sanford. That same night the Black Swan is hosting a Beatles tribute party.
Why all the fuss about the lads from Liverpool? Because Feb. 9 marks the 45th anniversary of The Beatles first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Nielsen ratings for the show indicated 45 percent of the U.S. — some 73 million people — watched the band make their American debut.
The Beatles played five songs on that show, including:
- “All My Loving”
- “Till There Was You”
- “She Loves You”
- “I Saw Her Standing There”
- “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
Did you know?:
- Beatles have won 16 Grammys
- Ringo wanted to be a hairdresser [youtube video – about 62 seconds into the video]
- “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” was The Beatles first No. 1 song in the U.S.
- Before settling on the name “The Beatles,” the band performed as “The Quarrymen,” “Johnny and the Moondogs” and “The Silver Beetles.”
- A DJ at WWDC in Washington D.C., James Carroll, was the first person to play a Beatles’ song on U.S. airwaves. Carroll played the song “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on Dec. 17, 1963.