Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for the second time in two nights on Monday (January 27) in Los Angeles during the taping of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," which CBS will air on February 9 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the group's first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
The duo performed "With a Little Help From My Friends," which Starr sang on 1967's landmark "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, and then led the entire all-star cast through the finale of "Hey Jude."
McCartney also played five Beatles songs -- "Magical Mystery Tour," "Birthday," "Get Back," "I Saw Her Standing There" and the "Sgt. Pepper's" title track -- with his own band, remembering for the audience that the Fab Four wasn't certain the Sullivan show was a good move when they were invited back in 1964.
After asking some American friends for their opinion, "They said, 'You don't understand the importance of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in America.' And I didn't understand it then."
Starr, meanwhile, played "Matchbox," "Boys" and "Yellow Submarine" with a house band led by Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was and featuring Peter Frampton and Toto's Steve Lukather on guitar.
The show also included a jam on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Joe Walsh (Starr's brother-in-law) and the previous night's Grammy Award winners Dave Grohl and Gary Clark, Jr., a duet on "Something" by Walsh and Jeff Lynne, Lynne and Grohl's rendition of "Hey Bulldog," a Eurythmics reunion for "Fool on the Hill" and Stevie Wonder recreating his cover of "We Can Work It Out."
Other performers on the special included Maroon 5, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Keith Urban, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys and John Legend, and Pharrell Williams and Brad Paisley. The full song list for the show, hosted by actor/rapper LL Cool J included:
- Maroon 5 - “All My Loving," “Ticket to Ride”
- John Mayer and Keith Urban - “Don't Let Me Down”
- Ed Sheeran - “In My Life”
- Alicia Keys and John Legend - “Let it Be”
- Imagine Dragons - “Revolution”
- Katy Perry - “Yesterday”
- Eurythmics - “Fool on the Hill”
- Pharrell Williams and Brad Paisley - “Here Comes the Sun”
- Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne - “Hey Bulldog”
- Joe Walsh and Jeff Lynne - “Something”
- Gary Clark Jr., Walsh and Grohl - “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
- Stevie Wonder - “We Can Work It Out”
- Ringo Starr - “Match Box,” “Boys,” “Yellow Submarine”
- Paul McCartney - “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Birthday,” “Get Back,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”
- McCartney and Starr - “With a Little Help From My Friends”
- McCartney, Starr and ensemble - “Hey Jude”