That night's show drew, what was, up to then, the largest audience in the history of American television.
Their set that night was as follows: "All My Loving," "‘Till There Was You," "She Loves You,""‘I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
And, the anniversary is not lost on Ringo Starr, who tweets:
He then realized his mistake and followed up with:
Also remembering that day is REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin who writes, "Hi friends, February 9th, 1964 was the day my life changed. I had been taking guitar lessons for two years, but didn’t really know why. I was learning old folk songs like 'Down in the Valley' and 'Oh Suzanna,' nice enough songs, but nothing that really stirred my soul. Margaret Morrison lived next door, was four years older than me, and I think it was she who told me to tune into The Ed Sullivan Show that evening. She had heard about a new band from England who played guitars and sang, just like me! When I saw the Beatles play, my head exploded. At that moment I knew why I had been practicing until my fingers were sore and blistered, and I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Thanks to all of you, my dream has come true. Stay safe."
Former Styxsinger and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung: "Today 57 years later, to The Beatles and yes George Martin, I say, as the Italians do, “Grazie di tutto.” (Thanks for everything.)
And Steve Van Zandt tweets:
And in other February 9th Beatles news, on that day in 1961 they did their first show at the Cavern Club in their hometown of Liverpool. They would go on to play there 291 more times through August 3rd, 1963