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Nov182013

Report: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr to Join Young Stars on CBS' 50th Anniversary Beatles Salute

CBS Photo ArchiveA new report has emerged that reveals some of the stars who will be featured on the recently-announced CBS special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the night The Beatles first performed on the legendary TV variety program, The Ed Sullivan Show.  According to the Australian television blog TV Tonight, surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both will appear on the show, which is titled The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.

In addition, John Lennon's and George Harrison's widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, reportedly will be featured on the program, as will pop superstars Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Adele, Bruno Mars, Pink and Katy Perry.  TV Tonight claims that an Australian cable TV executive revealed the lineup while announcing the special.

As previously reported, The Night That Changed America will feature today's top artists performing the same five songs that the Fab Four played during their debut Ed Sullivan Show appearance, as well as other classic Beatles tunes, while celebrity presenters will offer reminiscences and discuss the impact of the appearance.  The special will air on February 9 at 8 p.m. ET, exactly 50 years after the band's historic Ed Sullivan visit.

The show will be recorded on Monday, January 27, one day after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, so all the artists mentioned are likely to be together and available for the event.  CBS hasn't confirmed any of the stars' participation.  Stay tuned.

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