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Updated: 04/25/2014 10:43:37PM

Locals recall golden moment

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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 1964 file photo, Paul McCartney, right, shows his guitar to host Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. The Beatles made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," America's must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. And officially kicked off Beatlemania. (AP Photo, File)


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“Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles! Let’s bring them on.”

When Ed Sullivan uttered those words on the evening of Feb. 9, 1964, American music changed forever. A record 73 million viewers tuned into “The Ed Sullivan Show” that Sunday to get their first look at Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — The Beatles — a British rock band that had taken the U.S. by storm.

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