Sunday, November 17, 2013

Inbox Update: Beatles' arrival in America to be celebrated on CBS special; 'Breakfast With the Beatles' turns 30

Have a couple of timely updates about The Beatles (when isn't there news about rock's greatest-ever troupe?)...



Two-Hour Entertainment Event to Feature the Biggest Names in Music Today Performing the Songs the Seven-Time GRAMMY®-winning Group Performed That Night in February 1964,
as well as Other Beatles Classics

Show Will Be Broadcast on CBS Exactly 50 Years to the Day, Date and Time of the Original Event, Considered One of the Most Historic Live Events in Music and Television

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2013) — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic moments in music and television, The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will present "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY® Salute To The Beatles." The primetime entertainment special will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group and their groundbreaking first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The two-hour show will tape on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event. For updates and breaking news, please, and The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. Performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" will feature today's top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four that momentous evening in 1964 and Beatles songs through the years, and will include footage from that landmark Sunday evening, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and this legendary performance.

The Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" is one of the most watched television events ever — with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour. It is considered by many historians and critics as one of the most important moments in music and television.

"The Beatles are one of music's most iconic groups, who won their first two GRAMMYs, including one for Best New Artist, in 1964 — the same year they took America by storm," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "As the GRAMMY Awards are Music's Biggest Night®, it's only fitting that we recognize this milestone moment in music history and pay tribute to this larger than life group and their enduring music and legacy."

"Whether you were alive to witness it on television that night, or you've just known about it all your life, that first television appearance by the Beatles on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' is historic," said executive producer Ken Ehrlich of AEG Ehrlich Ventures. "To be able to celebrate this significant event 50 years later — and to the exact day, date, and time — with an all-star cast of GRAMMY participants shapes up to be one for the books."

"That night 50 years ago on the Ed Sullivan stage, the Beatles delivered a momentous performance, and America witnessed a historic television event and the beginning of a new era in music," said Jack Sussman, CBS
Entertainment Executive Vice President of Specials & Events. "We are thrilled to honor these music legends with performances from amazing GRAMMY-winning artists who were influenced by the Beatles' unforgettable music through the years and that incredible performance in 1964."

Tickets to the taping of this very special evening will be available for sale to the general public, and additional information will follow in the coming weeks.

"The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer.

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, InstagramPinterestTumblr, and YouTube.




Chris Carter and Ringo Starr. Photo: Robert Kinsler
"America's longest running Beatles radio show" Breakfast with the Beatles will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the shows' on-air debut, this December!Breakfast with the Beatles, a staple on Los Angeles radio has brought listeners across Southern California the music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo every Sunday morning since 1983. On December 15th, the show will hold a special celebration honoring the legacy of music's most beloved band the Beatles, with an extraordinary show featuring surprise guests from throughout their three-decade history. The show airs every Sunday morning, with your host Chris Carter, on Los Angeles radio station 95.5FM KLOS from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Breakfast with the Beatles "...often imitated, never duplicated..."
Breakfast with the Beatles debuted on the air in December 1983 on, the now defunct, Los Angeles radio station KMET with revered DJ Deirdre O'Donoghue behind the mic. In 1987, the show moved to KNX-FM before being picking up again at KLSX-FM where O'Donoghue hosted the show until her untimely passing in January 2001. 
Following a succession of interim hosts, in late 2001 Breakfast with the Beatles listeners held an online vote ultimately selecting disc jockey and music/film producer Chris Carter as the shows' new and current host. During his decade plus tenure, Carter dug in and found his voice, expanding the show's length to three hours of Beatles hits, hard to find rarities, outtakes, and solo recordings. He included in-depth, behind-the-scenes, short stories about the music, and the introduction of in-studio guests and musical performances. Under his watch, the show quickly became one of the highest rated Los Angeles radio programs at KLSX, before moving to its current home 95.5-FM KLOS. 

"Breakfast With The Beatles is an essential part of our week, and an eternal favorite among KLOS listeners," said Derek Madden, KLOS Program Director. "It's such a luxury to have Chris taking an in-depth look at the band that's at the heart of everything we do. Here's to another 30 years."
Breakfast with the Beatles and the music of the John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr have greeted Los Angelinos' every Sunday for the last 30 years. Before hosting the show, Chris Carter was the founder and bass player of L.A. based alternative rock band Dramarama, as well as the writer/producer of the multi-award winning documentary film "Mayor of the Sunset Strip". Over the years, he has personally interviewed Beatles: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Pete Best and has been called upon to host numerous events and participate in various projects on their behalf. In short, Carter has become the de facto Beatles resource appearing on various television programs and news shows discussing the legacy of the Fab Four, including: ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, KCAL News, UPN News, Entertainment Tonight, VH1, BBC2, and has been lauded by numerous publication for his work on the radio show in the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Playboy, Q, MOJO, The UK SUN, and Beatles Monthly to name a few. In honor of his contributions, on August 1, 2008 the city of Los Angeles proclaimed it ""Official Breakfast with the Beatles Day." 
"I think it goes without saying how much Beatles fans owe to the late Deirdre O'Donoghue for creating this brilliant show for Southern California radio listeners," says host Chris Carter. "It has been both an honor and a privilege to sit in this chair every Sunday for last 12 years. I promise to continue doing to best I can to keep this tradition alive until it is time for the next person to carry the weight. If someone would have told me when I was younger that I was going to have the best job in the world and various Beatles would know my name one day, I would have taken better care of myself!" 
Over the last decade, some of the special guests that have appeared on Breakfast with the Beatlesinclude members of the Beatles themselves including Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as those closest to their inner circle such as Sir George Martin, Yoko Ono, Pete Best, Billy Preston, Julian Lennon, Olivia Harrison, Dhani Harrison, and Pattie Boyd
Additional guests from throughout the Beatles long-storied history have included everyone from legendary talk show host Dick Cavett - who famously interviewed Lennon, Ono and Harrison on his show, friend/photographer/collaborator Klaus Voormann, the original members of The Quarry Men (who evolved into The Beatles), friend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Donovan, friend Graham Nash - who participated in the 1967 "All You Need Is Love" live broadcast, legendary co-founder of The Beach Boys Brian Wilson, musician and Apple Records label mate the late Jackie Lomax, to the popular 70s-era Beatles parody group The Rutles, tribute groups The Fab Four and The Fab Faux, among dozens of other guests. 
Other highlights from the show have been the eclectic range of live performances, including Donovan, The Quarrymen, The Bangles, Peter Asher, Wings, The Smithereens, The Monkees, and many more.In 2009, Songwriting Hall of Fame inductee Jackie DeShannon joined the show becoming the official weekly Breakfast with the Beatles "News Gal." 
Breakfast with the Beatles can be heard every Sunday morning from 9:00am - 12:00pm PT on 95.5FM-KLOS, as well as online at and 
For more information, visit the show online at and become a fan on Facebook. 

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