Celebrating the 60th anniversary of a transformative cultural moment on Friday's Mosen Explosion

On Friday’s Mosen Explosion, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of a night that changed music, culture and television forever.

On the night of February 9, 1964, a then record-breaking estimated 73 million Americans tuned into CBS to watch the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular variety program that featured singers, comedians, actors and other performers. But this night was different from any other, because the show's main attraction was a British rock band that had taken the world by storm: The Beatles. They had landed in New York to chaotic scenes just two days earlier.

The performance began what became known as the British invasion, opening American ears to British sounds. It also inspired countless young people who would later become famous performers in their own right, many of them singer/songwriters rather than the usual practice of separating the writing from the performing.

In the United States, 9 February 1964 was one of those “where were you when” moments.

So naturally, on the 60th anniversary of this historic occasion, I’ll be playing you the performances by the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show that night.

We also have something a little special that has become quite the rarity.

Join me for the Mosen Explosion first at 2 AM Eastern on Friday, and if you miss it the first time or want to hear it again, it replays at 2 PM Eastern time on Friday. You can check the Mushroom Fm schedule page to find out when it’s on in your time zone.