The Beatles’ diary -- 9th February 1964

Sunday, 9th February 1964

UK singles chart
  1. Needles And Pins – The Searchers
  2. I’m The One – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  3. Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans
  4. Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
  5. As Usual – Brenda Lee
UK albums chart
  1. With The Beatles – The Beatles
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. How Do You Like It – Gerry & The Pacemakers
  4. West Side Story – Original Soundtrack
  5. Born Free – Frank Ifield

Their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Brian had signed away all three Sunday shows for $10,000, when the normal rate of pay was $25-30,000. But this proved to be a masterstroke of business, because it assured them top-billing on prime-time Sunday night – Sullivan had the most popular show on telly. He had presided over some of the most memorable moments in rock ‘n’ roll TV – everyone can remember Presley getting shot from the waist up. Anyone who’s seen the clip of Elvis gyrating his way through ‘Hound Dog’ is never going to forget it. He even led the band in a slow reprise – stripper style! Sullivan was prone to some silly acts of censorship throughout the sixties – he made the Stones change the lyrics to ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ to “Let’s spend some time …

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