The Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, watched by more than 70 million television viewers, stands not only as a high-water mark for television, but also as a turning point in music and in American culture. That moment was celebrated last week as part of The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute to Music on Television, where Ringo Starr was on hand to reminisce about the Beatles’ Ed Sullivan experience and to celebrate the long collaboration between television and music..
Starr was honored along with Michael Jackson on a night that spotlighted a long history of live performances, music videos, TV theme songs and more.
TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin was on hand and filed a full report. Please click here to read it.