02/10/2014 08:33 am ET Updated Feb 10, 2014

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Remember The Beatles' Ed Sullivan Appearance


Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were the guests of honor during Sunday night's pre-taped CBS special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles," a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance on Feb. 9, 1964. McCartney and Starr performed "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Hey Jude" together, this after McCartney and Starr both played separate sets of Beatles classics. (Other performers on the telecast included Katy Perry, John Mayer, Keith Urban and more.)

The concert was held in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, one night after the Grammys, but McCartney and Starr did get back in the U.S.S.R. to New York and the Ed Sullivan Theater for a chat with the studio's current occupant, David Letterman. Below, McCartney and Starr reflect on what they thought of the "night that changed America." Footage of the Beatles' original "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance follows the clip.