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Beatles anniversary tribute held in Hollywood

In this Feb. 9, 1964. file photo Paul McCartney, right, shows his bass guitar to Ed Sullivan before the Beatles' live television appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in New York along with John Lennon, center, and Ringo Starr, behind McCartney, and Beatles manage Brian Epstein, behind Sullivan. (Uncredited)

February 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
It was 50 years ago that The Beatles took the United States by storm in their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

"This was a seismic shift in American culture and it gave the teenagers not only a voice but a way of being, a way of thinking that had never occurred before," Beatles biographer Bob Spitz said.

The historic event was the focus of a big celebration in Hollywood Sunday where all four of The Beatles' Walk of Fame stars were decorated with flowers and mementos.

The fun began in front of the Capitol Records building at 12:30 p.m.

Opera singer Shayne Dalva and John Lennon impersonator Tim Piper were set to perform. A special anniversary cake was also be cut by Chris Carter, host of "Breakfast with the Beatles" radio program.

The Associated Press and CNS contributed to this report.