Archive for ‘TV Appearances’

April 27, 2012

Paul McCartney on ’30 Rock’

Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on the special live episode of NBC’s 30 Rock that aired on April 26th, 2012. McCartney’s cameo included a hunt for Jack Donaghy’s secret bathroom and a slap on the face for actor Alec Baldwin.

Watch the full episode on NBC.com!

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February 13, 2012

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time on February 9th, 1964, a stop during their first U.S. tour. The band played a setlist that consisted of the songs “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The broadcast became the highest viewed television program of all time, with approximately 74 million viewers (over 40% of U.S. households) tuning in.

Watch the Beatles first Ed Sullivan performance after the jump!

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November 24, 2011

The Beatles Anthology Thanksgiving

The Beatles Anthology television documentary series originally aired on ABC in 1995. The Anthology was shown in 6 abridged parts, including over Thanksgiving Day. In promoting the series, ABC identified itself as “ABeatlesC” and several of the network’s prime-time sitcoms replaced their regular opening credit themes with Beatles tracks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 30, 2011

I Want To Hold Your Hand

The Beatles recorded “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at Abbey Road Studios on October 17th, 1963. The song became their first #1 single in the U.S., finally breaking the band in America. It set off ‘Beatlemania’ and was performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964.

Click here to watch the video at TheBeatles.com.

December 12, 2010

Paul McCartney on Jimmy Fallon

Paul McCartney was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on December 9, 2010. McCartney appeared in several segments, including an in-depth interview about his life, The Beatles and the new re-release of Band on the Run. The former  Beatle also played his song “Here Today” as a tribute to John Lennon, and sang with Fallon on a spoof of The Beatles’ classic “Yesterday,” inspired by its original title of “Scrambled Eggs.”

Watch video of the appearance on Spin.com.

November 23, 2010

The Simpsons

All three surviving Beatles (at the time) – Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney – made appearances in and lent their voices to The Simpsons. Starr guest-starred in the Season 2 episode “Brush with Greatness”, Harrison in the Season 5 episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” and McCartney in the Season 7 episode “Lisa the Vegetarian.”

Watch George interact with Homer on YouTube.

November 8, 2010

Saturday Night Live

Paul McCartney appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on February 13, 1993, with Alec Baldwin as the host. McCartney and his band performed two tracks from his recent solo album Off The Ground – “Get Out of My Way” and “Biker Like and Icon” – as well as Beatles classic “Hey Jude.” McCartney also appeared in several skits, including “The Chris Farley Show” where cast member Farley conducted a mock interview with McCartney.