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The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles is a television program and tribute to English rock group The Beatles. It aired on CBS on February 9, 2014 and was reshown on February 12, 2014. The tribute, presented by the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and the CBS television network, commemorated the legacy of the band and marked the 50th anniversary of their first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Kenneth Ehrlich served as executive producer, with Rac Clark as co-executive producer. The production was written by David Wild and Ehrlich and directed by Gregg Gelfand.
The program, presented by the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, serves as a tribute to the legacy of the Beatles and the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Scheduled to air on February 9, 2014, the concert was filmed on January 27, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall, located in Los Angeles, California, one day following the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Kenneth Ehrlich served as executive producer, with Rac Clark as co-executive producer. The production was written by David Wild and Ehrlich and directed by Gregg Gelfand.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two surviving members of the band, attended and performed at the concert. McCartney admitted to having some initial hesitation about the project: “What can I say about this evening, it’s just amazing. At first when I was asked to do the show, I was wondering if it was the right thing to do. Was it seemly to tribute yourself? But I saw a couple of American guys who said to me, ‘You don’t understand the impact of that appearance on the show on America.’ I didn’t realize that.”
Clips of the Beatles performing on The Ed Sullivan Show were also included in the program, as well as an interview with Paul and Ringo by David Letterman in Studio 50 (The Ed Sullivan Theater).
“Magical Mystery Tour” was played by Paul McCartney but not broadcast.
Los Angeles Convention Center
This was the 1st and only concert played at Los Angeles Convention Center.