It was the 9th of February 1964 and it was the day that changed music in America when The Beatles flew in from London and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. On ITV there was a Grammy Salute to celebrate the arrival of The Beatles in America – it was their first ever appearance on television in the United States of America. It was also the beginning of the ‘British invasion’ of the United States with the Fab Four – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, on American TV. Over 73 million people watched The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The legendary Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea introduced The Beatles to South Asia over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon. It was the heyday of Radio Ceylon – the station was ‘King of the Airwaves’ in South Asia. Vernon Corea played the hits of The Beatles on his popular radio programmes. Millions of listeners from across South Asia tuned into Radio Ceylon throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
People across South Asia send hundreds if not thousands of requests into Radio Ceylon asking for the music of The Beatles to be played over the airwaves of the radio station.
Here is a selection of 1960s hits of The Beatles played over Radio Ceylon in the 1960s: