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Ed Sullivan smiles while standing with The Beatles on the set of his variety show on Feb. 9, 1964.

Paul Ingles

  • Even as they reached the Top 10 in Britain, appeared on TV and had young women swooning by the thousands across the pond, their first singles in the U.S. were released on tiny independent labels and went nowhere. What went wrong, and finally right, in the leadup to the night of Feb. 7, 1964.