How Much Did The Beatles Make For The Ed Sullivan Shows?
I remember the evening of February 9, 1964 like it was yesterday. Sitting on the floor of my Aunt Thelma’s in Haskell, Oklahoma watching [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm] first appearance on Ed Sullivan I’m pretty sure I sat through their part of the show with my mouth wide open. Musically, everything changed for me after that. Funny thing is, I don’t feel any older than I did that night 48 years ago.
Ed was smart putting them on at the beginning of the show and at the end. There was no tivo and no home video tape recorder so you had to sit through everything. Ed Sullivan may have gotten the deal of the century with how much he paid them for their 3 appearances on his show. And just how did he come to book them in the first place?