Viewers who tuned in Sunday night to “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles” on the 50th anniversary of the band's debut appearance on
Musically, the biggest surprises were the elimination of
At the Convention Center, the extended vamp of the song's signature "Na-na-na na-na-na-nahhhh" singalong was considerably longer than what ended up in the 2 ½-hour telecast. The show's producers edited over the section in which McCartney first asked for only the men in the audience to sing the riff, then the women, and finally everyone in the house to join.
Two other lost bits — perhaps they’ll be included as bonus material on a DVD/Blu-ray release of the show — belonged to
One of several celebrities tapped to introduce various performances, Bridges told of his reaction to seeing the Beatles on “The
Bridges noted that his father, actor Lloyd Bridges, bought tickets — for $25 apiece — to a fundraiser hosted by one of their Hollywood neighbors that the Beatles attended.
When the Bridges family arrived, the Liverpool lads were thrilled to meet Lloyd Bridges, star of "Sea Hunt," the syndicated TV underwater adventure series that ran from 1958-61. Bridges recalled one of the Beatles imitating sounds of blowing bubbles and making swimming gestures, a degree of awareness of their father that made a big impression on Bridges and his older brother, Beau.
A chunk of Eric Idle's comedic spot in the show also was trimmed. The founding member of Monty Python and co-creator of the Rutles parody of the Beatles and Beatlemania reprised the latter role for a humorously convoluted salute to the historic nature of the show.
"Fifty years ago on this very stage," he began, "well, not on this very stage…" in a bit that cleverly wound its way through the artificiality of explaining a moment in history that took place Feb. 9, 1964, in New York to a live audience in Los Angeles looking on two weeks before the show would air.
Otherwise, the special was a faithful presentation of the live performances delivered the night after the
In addition to McCartney and Starr, the Beatles’ legacy was saluted by Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and John Legend, the reunited Eurythmics,
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