The Beatles perform two concerts on February 12.

While in New York for the first time, The Beatles appeared three times on the Ed Sullivan Show—and played Carnegie Hall twice in one day. Their appearances, which caused a sensation among the teenage set, paved the way for other rock artists at Carnegie Hall, including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and Billy Joel.

Apocryphal rumors have persisted for years that the two 35-minute concerts were recorded. Although permission was pursued, negotiations with the American Federation of Musicians were unsuccessful, and the concert lives on only in the memories of those who attended.

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