It was 50 years ago tonight, ed Sullivan introduced the beatles to America. And do you know who sent a telegram just moments before hand? Elvis, wishing them success during their visit to America. If... See More
It was 50 years ago tonight, ed Sullivan introduced the beatles to America. And do you know who sent a telegram just moments before hand? Elvis, wishing them success during their visit to America. If he only new. And it turns out thereit's a good thing there was dress rehearsals beforehand, because, what went wrong? Here's ABC's John donvan. Ladies and gentlemen, the beatles! ♪ She loves you ♪ ♪ yeah yeah yeah ♪ Reporter: This moment, you have seen maybe all your life. But before the girls started screaming, 50 years ago tonight, there was 50 years ago this afternoon. In fact, of course, there were dress rehearsals, two of them. Two full audiences got a preview and photos from that afternoon going through the mic checks at the ed Sullivan theatre with the beatles on their own, and the beatles with ed Sullivan. Even before leaving London, Paul was looking forward to being on the show. We go off to America, and we do the telly. Oh, we do the ed Sullivan, good old ed. Ed Sullivan. Hi, ed. Reporter: Outside that afternoon, the audience for the live event waited. There was only 700 seats available and 50,000 requests for tickets. There were microphone problems during the dress rehearsal. Something about John Lennon's in particular. He couldn't be heard. Reports there it was George Harrison who lost his cool about the glitches, but here's the thing. At 8:00 that night, the very first time that moment you've seen all your life actually happened, the sound was sorted out and the stage all set to make the history that this all became. ♪ And I'll send all my loving to you ♪ Reporter: John donvan, ABC news, Washington.
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