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Tim's Take: The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

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If you consume music digitally from vast catalogues of today's flavor-of-the-week pop stars that all sound alike, you'll never understand.

But it you remember Feb. 9, 1964, you'll never forget it. And you'll never be able to explain the impact what you heard and saw that night had on you, your teenage heart, and eventually American pop culture.

"There was magic involved that you can't put your finger on,'' said Beatles fan Charles Rosenay. "It was the songs that were above and beyond anything else that was coming out. It was the freshness and the personality.''

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles burst on the scene in America on the Ed Sullivan show with a look, a sound, an energy and an appeal unlike anything else out there. And they changed everything for everybody.

"My two teenage daughters were invited backstage for that first appearance,'' Walter Cronkite said years ago. "I don't think up to that point they really cared very much what their father did. But I suddenly was a hero in their eyes.''

It was a moment that stood still and moved the country forward at the same time,  a moment in music history and television history, when the black and white set in your living room was the center of the universe.

They got older and scruffier and more socially conscious and less politically correct. A few years later, they were gone.

But the memory of that night 50 years ago has never changed, even if those who hold it dear have.

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