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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Beatles' TV Debut--Not on Ed Sullivan

Yes, the Beatles landed in NYC 50 years ago today.  But thought I'd post here on what was actually the first major TV face time for The Beatles in the USA, three months before their Ed Sullivan debut.  That first exposure here happened in mid-November 1963, just four days before the JFK assassination.  From Edwin Newman of NBC.  Of course, it had to come from UK.  "The quality of Mersey is somewhat strained." And they may be coming to USA, so "spare us the Mersey."  And then a crack about an artist lucky enough to be deaf. Har har.

Note: "It’s hard to believe, but a copy of that broadcast does not exist in the NBC archives. An audio recording somehow did survive, and was recently discovered in the Library of Congress. It is presented here for the first time anywhere in half a century."  Three days later, CBS did their own report (below) and a few weeks later, also pre-Sullivan, Jack Paar showed a clip from London (below). 

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