The Beatles

The Beatles • The Ed Sullivan Show • August 14, 1965


CBS Studio 50, Broadway and West 53rd Street, New York, NY

Pre-broadcast taping, CBS' The Ed Sullivan Show, Sunday, August 14, 1965

An incredible Eve Bowen composition — Ed Sullivan and a CBS technician watch The Beatles perform 'Help!' off-camera as a stage monitor relays the historic event viewed that evening by 70 million Americans.

*Prints of this image are currently available in three sizes on matte Hahnemühle Museum Etching 350gsm Deckle Edge paper.



The Story

Before tonight's live broadcast, The Beatles pre-record a truncated version of 'Help!', which will later follow Sullivan's sign-off and roll behind credits and sponsor bumpers. Because the spots for Lipton iced tea (featuring Lipton spokesman George Fenneman) and Kent cigarettes (featuring Bob' Mr. Kent' Wright) simultaneously share the stage with The Beatles, two takes are required to achieve proper sound levels.

The Beatles perform six songs: 'I Feel Fine,' 'I'm Down,' 'Act Naturally,' 'Ticket To Ride,' 'Yesterday,' and 'Help!'(with Lennon forgetting the lyrics).

Other acts on tonight's show: Soupy Sales, Cilla Black, comedians Marty Allen & Steve Rossi, and magician, Fantasio.

Photo by Eve Bowen

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