• Creator
  • Unidentified Artist
  • Created Date
  • 1964
  • Description
  • On February 9, 1964, seventy-nine million Americans gathered around their television sets to watch four young men from Liverpool, England, make history. Ed Sullivan, the "king of Sunday night television," booked the Beatles for three appearances after seeing the response of fans during a stay in London, despite criticism from colleagues that the band was practically unknown in the United States. Following the appearance, the phenomenon of Beat... more
    On February 9, 1964, seventy-nine million Americans gathered around their television sets to watch four young men from Liverpool, England, make history. Ed Sullivan, the "king of Sunday night television," booked the Beatles for three appearances after seeing the response of fans during a stay in London, despite criticism from colleagues that the band was practically unknown in the United States. Following the appearance, the phenomenon of Beatlemania swept the country, causing girls to faint and boys to grow longer hair. John, Paul, George, and Ringo secured their place in American hearts and spurred an invasion of British rock and roll that altered the face of popular music in the United States. This publicity photograph was taken during a rehearsal for the broadcast. less
  • Format
  • Gelatin silver print
  • Rights
  • National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution