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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 daytime rehearsal, working out the parts.

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Locking down camera moves during rehearsals. 

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Before going live on the air.

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Is this thing in tune?

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Beatles fans in rapture.

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

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

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Relaxing between daytime rehearsals, fans still wanted autographs.

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Shot during rehearsals, Sullivan beams.

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

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Everybody looks happy after the first performance!

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McCartney takes a few pics on the Sullivan stage set.

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Posing for pictures.

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

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Sullivan rousing the audience!

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Ringo on drums

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