9 february 1964

Scan - Paul, John and Cyn (and a barely visible George) on their way from the Plaza Hotel to the Playboy Club after The Ed Sullivan Show appearance, 9 February 1964, posted at beatlesneveroutofstyle’s special request! :)

Photo: Bill Eppridge

…and Paul? Well, call me crazy, but he lost the wife. I’m certainly not implying anything of a carnal nature here, but to almost all intents and porpoises (as John would have put it), what they had was a marriage.

On the afternoon of July 6, 1957, right across the street from the ossuary of a certain spinster called Eleanor Rigby, an unsuspecting schoolboy named Ivan Vaughn, lad about town, villain of Vale Street and part-time tea chest bassist, took a chubby 15-year-old Paul McCartney to listen to local ‘legends in their own lunchtime’ - the band they called The Quarry Men. The group was headed by a sexy, sardonic closet nice-guy, the almost 17-year-old John Winston Lennon with his £17 guitar.

John and Paul were meant to meet, meant to create and one was designed to play sturm and drang to the other’s yin and yang.

Then on the February 9, 1964, Ed Sullivan shone the proverbial light on the viewing public. The long night was over. The Beatles had conquered America. For the next two and a half years, John and Paul, (together with George and Ringo), would travel, eat, rehearse, write, play, record and “sleep” (again, not literally) together.

—  Paul’s stepsister Ruth McCartney - The Chemistry of Lennon & McCartney   

9 February 1964 - It was 50 years ago today…

…that The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time, one of the most significant cultural moments of the 20th Century.  After many previous attempts to break into the American music market, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” had made number one in America, causing 73 million viewers to tune in to see the Ed Sullivan performance.  The band preformed “All My Loving”, “Til There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, and, of course, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”.