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(Editor's Note: "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute" averaged an impressive 13.95 million viewers, peaking at nearly 14.8 million during the final half hour, during its original broadcast on Feb. 9. CBS will present a special encore broadcast on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.)
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute," airing Sunday, Feb. 9, 8–10:30 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. The all-star lineup for the historic event will also feature performances and/or presentations by "The Beatles Love" by Cirque du Soleil, Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl, Eric Idle, Imagine Dragons, Alicia Keys & John Legend, Anna Kendrick, David Letterman, LL Cool J, Jeff Lynne, Maroon 5, John Mayer & Keith Urban, Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams, Sean Penn, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, and a one-night only reunion of Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.
The house band for the event includes notable musicians Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Chris Caswell (keyboard), Peter Frampton (guitar), Rami Jaffe (organ), Steve Lukather (guitar), Greg Phillinganes (keyboard), and Don Was (bass), who also served as musical director.
The primetime entertainment special — presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS — will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group the Beatles and their groundbreaking first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The show will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound and airs exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event. Originally slated to be a two-hour event, the special has added an additional half-hour given the overwhelming success of the taping, a wealth of archival material, and new interviews.
The special will feature David Letterman interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater on Feb. 4, recollections from three fans who were in the audience for the Beatles' first performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and interviews with three people who worked at the show and were there the night this milestone event took place.
The Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was one of the most watched television events ever — with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour. It is considered by many historians and critics as one of the most important moments in music and television.
Performances set for the special are:
"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A GRAMMY Salute" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer, Rac Clark is co-executive producer, Gregg Gelfand is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
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