People.com: Beatles Fan Recalls Witnessing Their Historic Ed Sullivan Set Live (Exclusive) People.com: Beatles Fan Recalls Witnessing Their Historic Ed Sullivan Set Live (Exclusive)
On the 60th anniversary of the Sullivan broadcast, Debbie Gendler, now a four-time Emmy nominated television executive, is sharing her story in a new Book, I Saw Them Standing There: Adventures of an Original Fan During Beatlemania and Beyond.
Debbie Gendler: A True Beatles Fan
Debbie Gendler was among the Beatles‘ first American fans when she arrived at CBS Studio 50 as a teen on Feb. 9, 1964. The night changed her — and the country — forever.
The Magic of the Beatles
Gendler’s love for the Beatles began when she first heard their Music. She was immediately drawn to their sound, their looks, and their Britishness.
“It was like magic to me,” Gendler said. “I fell madly in love.”
The Ed Sullivan Show Performance
On February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. More than 73 million people watched on their TV sets across the country, but only 728 individuals were lucky enough to witness the moment live and in person at CBS’ Studio 50.
Gendler was one of those lucky individuals. She recalled the overwhelming feeling of excitement and joy as the Beatles took the stage.
A Life-Changing Experience
Gendler’s experience at the Ed Sullivan Show was life-changing. It inspired her to pursue a career in television production and led to her involvement in the Beatles‘ fan club.
Gendler’s story is a reminder of the power of Music and the importance of following your dreams.