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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

The Ed Sullivan Show's TV studio had just 700 seats, so their US debut on February 9, 1964 was the smallest audience the Beatles would play to on their first tour. Beatlemania came to the States with a bang that wouldn't let up until the band broke up in 1970!

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

A daytime rehearsal, working out the parts.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Locking down camera moves during rehearsals. 

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Before going live on the air.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Is this thing in tune?

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Beatles fans in rapture.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

The Ed Sullivan Show was broadcast live, every Sunday night.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

The Beatles first UK (left) and US (right) albums had different titles and different song lists. 

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Relaxing between daytime rehearsals, fans still wanted autographs.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Shot during rehearsals, Sullivan beams.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

The theater is now the home of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Everybody looks happy after the first performance!

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

McCartney takes a few pics on the Sullivan stage set.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Posing for pictures.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

The Beatles' rehearsal at the Miami Beach hotel for the Ed Sullivan Show second broadcast.

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Sullivan rousing the audience!

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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

George and John rehearse

Positioning the cameras

Places, everybody!

Paul shows Ed his instrument

The fans

The view from the control room

The Beatles' first albums

Signing autographs

Sullivan was an instant fan

The fans line up

Congratulating the band

Paul snaps a few shots

Meet the press

More rehearsals

Another great show!

Don't forget Ringo

Ringo on drums

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