From the inception of The Ed Sullivan Show, comedy has always been a mainstay of the program. Some comedians only appeared on the show a few times while others became regulars. As we look back on many of the comedians who appeared, we’d like to point a spotlight on a few of the comedic duos who became household names from their hilarious Sunday night performances. Many of these duos went on to host their own shows after Sullivan and appear on other television programs, but it’s these early years that will always be known as their “stomping grounds” and bridge to...
The Ed Sullivan Show, which ran on CBS TV in the US every Sunday night from 1948-1971, is well known for appearances by The Beatles and other pop bands, but it also hosted many jazz performers, thus inadvertently forming a valuable historical archive of performances by leading jazz artists.
A fondly-remembered duo at the heart of the original British Invasion can be seen performing live in a newly-shared clip of Peter & Gordon’s “Five Hundred Miles” from the archive of The Ed Sullivan Show. Peter Asher and Gordon Waller had crashed onto the American pop scene in the late spring of 1964 with the Capitol Records single “A World Without Love,” The Lennon--McCartney song bathed in the limelight...