The Beatles Celebrated on 'Night That Changed America' 50 Years After Ed Sullivan: TV Review

February 9, 2014 12:11 PM

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The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago Feb. 9 in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday on CBS. History weaves in and around material from throughout the Beatles' career in the 1960s, but it's the Fab Four's later material, worked with vigor by Pharrell Williams, Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Gary Clark Jr., that stands out in the interpretations.

The "Ed Sullivan Show" Feb. 9, 1964 appearance -- the first live televised performance from the Beatles in the United States -- provides the show's hook as Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr revisit the Ed Sullivan Theater with David Letterman, delivering the sort of observations you might expect.

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