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A day in the life of the Beatles in 1964

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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George and John rehearse

A daytime rehearsal, working out the parts.

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Positioning the cameras

Locking down camera moves during rehearsals. 

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Places, everybody!

Before going live on the air.

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Paul shows Ed his instrument

Is this thing in tune?

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The fans

Beatles fans in rapture.

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The view from the control room

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

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The Beatles' first albums

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

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Signing autographs

Relaxing between daytime rehearsals, fans still wanted autographs.

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Sullivan was an instant fan

Shot during rehearsals, Sullivan beams.

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The fans line up

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

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Congratulating the band

Everybody looks happy after the first performance!

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Paul snaps a few shots

McCartney takes a few pics on the Sullivan stage set.

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Meet the press

Posing for pictures.

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More rehearsals

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

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Another great show!

Sullivan rousing the audience!

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Don't forget Ringo

Ringo on drums

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