It will be 50 years to the day on Sunday, February 9, 2014, that the Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and were introduced to the North American market.
sometimes musical events can change the world forever
The Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan show originally aired on February 9, 1964. I was fortunate to have visited an exhibit of the work of photographer Bill Eppridge who immortalized that performance and the Beatles during their time in the US. You can read about that in the post here.
The 50th anniversary tribute show, entitled “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” will air on the exact day, date, and time on the CBS network that hosted the Ed Sullivan Show and will also be televised on Citytv in Canada. We’ll see performances by many of today’s top musicians covering Beatles tunes, and the two remaining Beatles (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) as well as family members of John Lennon and George Harrison. I knew John Lennon’s son Sean is a singer, but didn’t realize that George Harrison’s son, Dhani, is also a celebrated musician.
The importance of music in our lives is front and centre in my mind as last week I attended Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) in Winnipeg for the performance of Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen. It’s playing in Winnipeg until Sunday, Feb 9th and if you haven’t yet seen it, I’d highly recommend the show. It celebrates the poetic genius of Cohen’s music with a simplistic set and high impact.
How has music impacted your life? Is there a specific band or performer that impacted you the most? Let’s talk about it.
And please join us back the the week of February 17th for our next new post.