On This Day…

The Beatles On Ed Sullivan

February 9, 1964

The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was watched by 73.7 million people.
Also appearing on that show was future Monkees’ member Davy Jones, who was appearing as part of the cast of the play Oliver!, in which he was playing the Artful Dodger. Jones said of the experience, “I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that.”