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  • Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

    Remembering B.B. King

    We are deeply saddened at The Ed Sullivan Show and SOFA Entertainment to have learned of the passing of legendary Blues musician B.B. King. While his career accolades were highlighted by a slew of awards, including a lifetime achievement award and 15 Grammy wins, King’s influence travels well beyond the hardware....
  • Friday, February 20th, 2015

    Celebrating Lesley Gore

    The Ed Sullivan and SOFA Entertainment are deeply saddened by singer Lesley Gore’s passing.  Born Lesley Sue Goldstein on May 2nd 1946 in Brooklyn, NY, Lesley got her start at only 16 years old, after being discovered by producer Quincy Jones in 1963. Gore recorded her first hit “It’s My Party” soon after signing with Mercury Records, where Jones was an A&R man. The song immediately became a success and overnight Lesley Gore turned into a star.  “It’s My Party” raced to No. 1 on the charts, was nominated for a Grammy and sold more than 1 million copies. Over the next two years, while still in high school, Gore released a string of so called bubble-gum...
  • Monday, December 22nd, 2014

    Honoring Joe Cocker

    The Ed Sullivan Show was very saddened to learn of the passing of legendary singer Joe Cocker. From an early age, Joe was inspired by American rhythm and blues artists like Ray Charles and Chuck Berry. Joe Cocker appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on April 27th 1969. That night, backed by his "Grease Band," he sang a...
  • Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday DVD Deals 2014

    This Black Friday & Cyber Monday EdSullivan.com will be offering a FREE Ed Sullivan Show t-shirt with any purchase over $50 and also a FREE The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles DVD with any purchase over $100. This deal is good for any purchase made on 11/28/14 or 12/01/14.  The best part is that you do not need to enter any coupon...
  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014

    Celebrating the Activism of Harry Belafonte

    On November 8th The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body that issues the Oscars, honored the legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte for his life-long devotion to humanitarian activism. Belafonte is an American treasure, whose career made him among the first crossover African-American stars while simultaneously being one of show-business’ most politicized. On stage, screen, and recordings, Belafonte was affable and very appealing, bringing the Caribbean musical style of Calypso into the mainstream, most notably with his famous interpretation of...
  • Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

    Remembering the Life of Ed Sullivan

    Forty years ago today, Ed Sullivan, who hosted the show that bore his name for over two decades, passed away from esophageal cancer. Ed Sullivan, born a New Yorker in 1901, was for many years part of an elite circle of Broadway columnists who was read by insiders and outsiders alike. In this capacity he made connections with some of the top names in show business. Having already broadcasted on radio, this put Sullivan in a good position to move into the new medium of television. He developed his program, initially called Toast of the Town, with his producer Marlo Lewis and was originally modeled after the entertainment Sullivan would provide as emcee at events such as The Harvest Moon...
  • Thursday, September 4th, 2014

    R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933-2014)

    All of us at The Ed Sullivan Show and SOFA Entertainment are deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary comedian Joan Rivers. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joan got her start playing the café’s...
  • Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

    Happy 70th Birthday Diana Ross!

    The Ed Sullivan Show would like to wish a very happy 70th birthday to the first lady of Motown, Diana Ross! Many musical acts broke into the mainstream on the Sullivan stage. Elvis, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones are just a few of the names that come to mind. As big as those performances were, there was a group that made more appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show than all of those acts put together. With 18 appearances, Diana Ross and The Supremes stood tall above all other pop performers as one of Sullivan’s most ubiquitous guests. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the teenage Ross joined a local vocal group known as The Primettes.  The ensemble would...
  • Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

    The Beatles in America

    On Sunday February 9th, 1964, at 8pm, the course of the music history changed forever after The Beatles stepped on The Ed Sullivan Show stage for their first appearance on American television. That night, history was made as these British sensations with long hair performed scorching versions of some of their greatest songs at the time, including “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and their latest hit, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”  On Sunday February 9th 2014 the world will celebrate