• Thursday, March 21st, 2019

    Honoring Dick Dale

      Musician Dick Dale, “The King of the Surf Guitar” died in Loma Linda, California on March 16, 2019. He was 81. The American guitarist was a pioneer of surf music and his 1962 single “Let’s Go Trippin’” is often regarded as the first surf rock song. His signature sound mixed staccato picking and reverb […]

  • Monday, September 10th, 2018

    R.I.P. Will Jordan (1927-2018)

    Will Jordan, a gifted impressionist who appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show over fifteen times, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. The stand-up comedian and actor had many impressions in his repertoire including Bing Crosby, Jack Benny and Groucho Marx, but it was his impression of Ed Sullivan that put […]

  • Monday, June 18th, 2018

    Remembering D.J. Fontana

    D.J. Fontana, the drummer and sole surviving member of Elvis Presley’s band, has died at the age of 87. Fontana was the first drummer in Presley’s band and played on over 460 RCA cuts with him over their 14 years together, accompanying him on hits such as “Hound Dog,” “All Shook Up,” and “Blue Suede […]

  • Friday, January 20th, 2017

    Celebrating Roberta Peters

    Roberta Peters, who at 20 was catapulted to stardom as a last-minute substitute in Don Giovanni, died on Wednesday at her home in Rye, New York. The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease. She was 86. Ms. Peters was one of the most prominent American opera singers, noted for her 35-year run as a soprano […]

  • Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

    Recognizing Florence Henderson

    Florence Henderson, who went from Broadway star to become one of the most popular moms in television history in The Brady Bunch, died Thanksgiving night at the age of 82. Her unexpected death was attributed to heart failure. Before she became known as “America’s Mom” on The Brady Bunch, Florence Henderson was an established Broadway […]

  • Thursday, May 19th, 2016

    Honoring Julia Meade

    Julia Meade, the iconic pitchwoman for The Ed Sullivan Show, passed away in her Manhattan home at the age of 90. Meade’s charming, effervescent personality made her a fixture on The Ed Sullivan Show. She was the perfect blend of saleswoman and sex appeal that made her Ed Sullivan’s go to gal for pitching live […]

  • Thursday, August 6th, 2015

    Commemorating Cilla Black

    Cilla Black was a multi-talented singer, actress, and TV host with a career that spanned over 50 years. Born as Priscilla Maria Veronica White, she decided to go by the stage name “Cilla Black” when a Liverpool publication erroneously misprinted her name. Black started from humble beginnings, working as a cloakroom girl at the famous […]

  • Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

    R.I.P. Anne Meara (1954-2015)

      We are deeply saddened by the loss of comedian and actress Anne Meara. With husband and partner, Jerry Stiller, the two made up the comedy duo of “Stiller and Meara.” The husband and wife comedy performers became regulars on The Ed Sullivan Show, appearing a staggering 36 times. While the team can certainly be […]

  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015

    Deadline article “David Letterman’s NYC Was More Ed Sullivan Than “Not”-Johnny-Carson”

        Great Deadline article discussing the prolific careers and similarities between Ed Sullivan and David Letterman. Excerpt: “While we’re all thanking David Letterman for tossing the genteelTonight Show mold and recasting post-primetime comedy in his own rebellious image, here is a heresy worth considering: Letterman’s debt to Ed Sullivan goes way beyond just the […]

  • 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. His scintillating guitar skills […]