Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Bassist

In the originally broadcast footage from the first appearance of the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964, an unidentified man can be seen playing bass guitar, standing behind and to the right of Paul McCartney. The man looks toward the floor for the entire performance, obscuring his features. Interestingly, a similar man can be seen playing bass guitar behind Ray Manzarek during the Doors' broadcast footage from 1967. These men have been edited out of all subsequent broadcasts of both performances, for unknown reasons.

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