Nappanee native helped bring the Beatles to 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

Sistie Moffitt

It was a day that changed music history. Fifty years ago Sunday, The Beatles invaded invaded American households when they appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

One of the people who helped book the legendary group for the first appearance in the United States is from Michiana.

Sistie Moffitt grew up in Nappanee and still keeps close ties with her friends from the area. Her friends can recall the story of Moffitt's encounter with the band known as the Beatles.

Moffitt was a production assistant for "The Ed Sullivan Show."

"It was insane...you can't imagine. We had bands like the Rolling Stones," said Moffitt "We were used to crushing crowds."

"The Ed Sullivan Show" sent Moffitt to Europe with the task of booking a poodle that cut his own food. The poodle's agent had more in mind.

"He said you can't get the poodle without this other act and guess who the other act was," said Moffitt.

Moffit and her husband went to see the Beatles perform at a tavern in Liverpool, at the agent's request.

"We thought they were phenomenal, but we had absolutely no authority to book these guys," she said ,"We said sorry, we came to get the dog. We're not the bookers, we're production assistants."

By the time the Beatles arrived in New York City, it was clear much of America was in-tune with Moffitt's taste.

"I could hardly get in the door of the studio. There was such a jam all around Broadway," said Moffitt, "This is like 7 o'clock in the morning going into the studio, and they were on until 8 o'clock at night."

Moffitt says she was even scared she would get fired for booking the Beatles to be on "The Ed Sullivan Show" because as a production assistant, she did not have the authority to do so. She says, if it hadn't been her and her husband, someone would have brought the group over to America soon enough.


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