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DVD of Beatles chat show on sale

Published 07/09/2010 | 17:40

The Beatles appeared on US entertainment show The Ed Sullivan Show
The Beatles appeared on US entertainment show The Ed Sullivan Show

A new DVD about the Beatles' first appearances on US television's The Ed Sullivan Show has gone on sale.

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It presents the programmes exactly as they appeared on the night - complete with hapless magicians and comedians, commercials and illustrations of how the pace of television has changed.

The first night, February 9, 1964, is a landmark in television. An estimated 73 million Americans tuned in, the largest ever for a TV show at the time.

Film clips of the Beatles on the Sullivan show have been available, but never the whole event until the release of The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles.

Sullivan, a competitive former newspaper columnist, clearly knew the high stakes involved that night and gave the Beatles two spots on the first show.

The Beatles play All My Loving and Til There Was You and She Loves You on the first show.

Cutaways to the audience show young girls who can barely stay in their seats from the excitement of it all. Older people look bored, annoyed and clueless to the generational change staring back at them.

The DVD also contains Sullivan shows from February 23, 1964 and September 12, 1965 when the Beatles performed. The band did 20 songs in all on the show, including three versions of I Want to Hold Your Hand.

The DVD also has a short interview Sullivan did with the Beatles in London in May 1964 that has not been seen since the day it aired.

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