On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles invaded America, making their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in a performance that drew a record-setting 73 million viewers.

50 years later the world will celebrate, commemorate and cheer the contributions the Fab Four lads from Liverpool have wrought on modern culture.

In what is being billed as a “once in a lifetime event,“  the two remaining Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be joined by David Letterman, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, and anticipated special guests. The musical tribute, The Night That Changed America,  will air on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8–10 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the original event.   Watch the preview.

For some people, such as comedians Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill, their memories of seeing the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan show were much more personal; they were there making their debut that evening as well!

For the late, great Davy Jones of Monkees fame, who was also on the show at the age of 19 making an appearance for the Broadway play ‘The Artful Dodger’,” he recalls the Lads from Liverpool in their little gray suits with the velvet collars….

McCall and Brill’s story is one of many in the road-trip musical documentary, BEATLES STORIES: A FAB FOUR FAN’S ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP directed by Seth Swirsky.

In this video clip from the film, Smokey Robinson remembers how important it was that The Beatles publicly announced their love and support for Motown music when they recorded his song, You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me.

Henry Winkler (The Fonz) remembers an accidental run in with Paul McCartney on Lexington Avenue in New York City at the height of his Happy Days fame.


Songwriter Seth Swirsky grew up idolizing the Beatles. He set out, video camera in hand, to talk to people who had crossed paths with his heroes. From Sir Ben Kingsley to Sir George Martin, and Beach Boy Brian Wilson to astronomer Brian Skiff, Swirsky filmed hundreds of personal recollections from people who knew them well to those who just had an unforgettable encounter. Longtime Beatles friend and personal assistant Tony Bramwell calls Beatles Stories, “A Magical Mystery Tour De Force!”

Documentary | Director, Seth Swirsky | 85 minutes | www.beatlesstories.com | @beatlesstories

BEATLES STORIES is available on DVD at cinemalibrestore.com as well as most places where DVDs are for sale as well as movie streaming sites (both free streaming and paid), which are listed at www.beatlesstories.com.

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