Watch Sean Lennon, The Flaming Lips, Broken Bells, others Tribute the 50th Anniversary of America Meeting The Beatles


It was 50 years ago today The Beatles played their first U.S. concert.  Watch that show and other highlights from the group’s first visit to America here.  The Beatles 50th anniversary of coming to America is, of course, in full swing.  On February 9th, the anniversary of The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan debut, CBS aired The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles with Ringo, Paul, David Letterman, the reunited Eurythmics, Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Gary Clark, Jr., Dave Grohl and more. The show will rebroadcast tomorrow night at 8:30pm and features the following performances:

  • “All My Loving” and “Ticket to Ride” by Maroon 5
  • “We Can Work It Out” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Something” by Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh
  • “In My Life” by Ed Sheeran
  • “Don’t Let Me Down” by John Mayer and Keith Urban
  • “Yesterday” by Katy Perry
  • “Revolution” by Imagine Dragons
  • “Hey Bulldog” by Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne
  • “The Fool on the Hill” by Eurythmics
  • “Let It Be” by John Legend and Alicia Keys
  • “Here Comes the Sun” by Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams
  • “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Gary Clark, Jr., Dave Grohl, and Joe Walsh
  • “Matchbox”, “Boys”, “Yellow Submarine” by Ringo Starr
  • “Birthday”, “Get Back”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by Paul McCartney
  • “With A Little Help From My Friends”, “Hey Jude” by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

CBS also commemorated The Beatles television debut last week with a series of tributes on The Late Show with David Letterman – taped in the same studio The Beatles appeared 50 years ago.  Watch Broken Bells “And I Love Her” from February 3, Sting’s “Drive My Car” from February 4, Lenny Kravitz “Get Back” from February 5, The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” from February 6 and Ms. Lauryn Hill “Something” from February 7th:

Letterman also hosted a nearly-two hour Foo Fighters “Salute to the Beatles” concert which can now be streamed in its entirety here and several round-table discussions about The Beatles U.S. visit filmed by CBS are at the bottom of this page.

Additionally several artists have been covering The Beatles at their recent shows including The Flaming Lips “Lucy in the Sky” at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th, Arctic Monkeys take on “All My Loving” and Gov’t Mule’s “Helter Skelter” jam – the latter two both on February 9th.  Billy Joel incorporated segments of “When I’m 64”, “The Night Before” and” A Hard Day’s Night” into the second show of his 2014 Madison Square Garden franchise residency on February 3rd.  On February 9th he covered “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “She Loves You,” teased one verse of “Night Before” and interpolated “Hard Day’s Night” with his own “River of Dreams.”

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