The surviving members of the Beatles returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater this week without a studio audience -- nearly 50 years to the day after making television and cultural history on its stage.
In what CBS called a "rare joint interview," Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr spoke with David Letterman for a segment that will air tomorrow night on the network's tribute, "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America -- A Grammy Salute."
McCartney recounted a story to Letterman about the band's 1965 "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance, their fourth and final live appearance on the broadcast, featuring his solo performance of the classic, "Yesterday."
"So, it was decided that I would do 'Yesterday,'" McCartney said. "But I'd never worked without the band, so I'm now going to be working solo on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' So I agreed to do it, so I'm standing there ready to go on, never having worked without the band, a little bit nervous, and there were curtains, and there's a Teamster on the inside of the curtain so they won't catch. So I'm standing there all prepared with my guitar ready to go on, and he says, 'Are you nervous?' I said, 'No, not really,' lying. He says, 'You should be, there's 73 million people watching!' "