On Sunday night, February 9, 1964, the Beatles performed for the first time in America on the The Ed Sullivan Show in New York; the music world would never be the same. Scores of artists, not least among them Billy Joel and Tom Petty, have stated that seeing this seminal performance by the Fab Four inspired them to become musicians themselves. CBS celebrated in 2014 with a television special, which aired on the 50th anniversary of the broadcast.
Commemorate this momentous event in popular culture by checking out some of the many Beatles-related items in the Pioneer catalog. Here are just a few:
Beatles Anthology by The Beatles
This "Beatles autobiography" is a dense, massive, richly-appointed book with well over 1,000 photographs, and the accompanying 8-episode television program is a must-see for any Beatles fan. Episode 3 deals extensively with the band's 1964 Ed Sullivan performances.
The Beatles Were Fab (And They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull
This big, bright, bold picture book introduces the Beatles, describes their fan culture and uses actual quotes from the band members to demonstrate their self-deprecating humor. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian
Author McMillian seeks to uncover whether these two bands were rivals or allies, and whether the Beatles were truly the good boys and the Stones were really the bad boys as each was respectively portrayed. McMillian builds a case for both sides of each argument, using existing interviews, an impressive bibliography, and some little-known sources.
Remastered release of the 1968 animated film, inspired by songs of the Beatles. A psychedelic, imaginative adventure to rescue Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. Enter John, Paul, George, and Ringo to save the day!
The Gospel According To The Beatles by Steve Turner
John Lennon famously proclaimed the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Music journalist Turner says they were a kind of religion in themselves, and in this look at their religious and spiritual influences and ideas, he examines each of the Beatles' attitudes toward religion.
Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. I) by Mark Lewisohn
This is the first volume of a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, their teenage years and their infatuation with American music, their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, and their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.