Watch: The Beatles Sing ‘Yesterday’ on Ed Sullivan

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George Harrison introducing Paul McCartney on the Ed Sullivan Show

Today (Dec. 15), the day The Beatles treated their fans to the eagerly awaited release of The Beatles Christmas Records Box, the Fab Four unexpectedly released a live video of “Yesterday,” from their August 14, 1965 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show at CBS TV’s Studio 50 in New York City.

The first brief shot shows screaming teenagers and then quickly cuts to the four band members. George Harrison steps to the mic and, as the lights dim, says: “Thank you… thank you very much. We’d like to carry on now with a song from our new album in England and it’ll be out in America shortly. And it’s a song featuring just Paul and it’s called ‘Yesterday.'”

The lights dim again and it’s just Paul McCartney on guitar at the microphone.

Watch McCartney’s solo performance (with pre-recorded strings) of the beloved song

The Beatles performed six songs on Sullivan that day. The episode didn’t air until September 12, 1965.

The Beatles Christmas Records Box is a limited-edition collection of 7″ singles, pressed on colored vinyl, of the Fab Four’s annual holiday messages that were sent to their fan club members from 1963-1969. The title, announced Nov. 2, comes from Apple Corps Ltd., Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises.

From that earlier announcement: “The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as ‘Beatle People’. Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles’ holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi-discs and mailed to fan club members each December.

“Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set. The limited-edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi-disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club’s National Newsletters, which were mailed to members with the holiday flexi-discs.”

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  1. Ed Sullivan
    #1 Ed Sullivan 18 December, 2017, 09:21

    The strings were not pre-recorded, as the local musician’s union prevented such on-air blasphemies. They were performed by the stage orchestra while Paul was singing.

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