On Feb. 13, 1964, The Beatles (heard of ‘em?) touched down in Miami and three days later, on Feb. 16, played the second of their three epochal Ed Sullivan Show performances.* Nixon’s waxen bizarro twin (Sullivan) gave the “youngsters” from Liverpool top billing and $10,000 for the three appearances. In exchange, he got the highest ratings in the history of American television, with 40 percent of the U.S. population tuning in for The Beatles’ Miami performance in the Deauville’s Napoleon Room.
Here is the Fab Four’s first set: “She Loves You”, “That Boy”, and “All My Loving”.
Sonny Liston was in the crowd at the Deauville among the shrieking throng of teenaged girls (picture it), prompting Sullivan to make a couple of unfunny and unprescient jokes about Liston’s upcoming fight with Cassius Clay before The Beatles’ second set. Basically, Sullivan called Clay a bitch and suggested Liston would beat the “Louisville Lip” to a pulp. (The punchline.)
Here is The Beatles’ second set: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “From Me to You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.
Finally, here is some grainy footage of The Beatles’ touching dow in Miami on Feb. 13. “And the airport went wild!”
*Actually, The Beatles taped the Miami show last, but it aired second.