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  • Thursday, January 17th, 2013

    Muhammad Ali on The Ed Sullivan Show

    January 17th marks the 71st birthday of arguably the most famous boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali.  Born Cassius Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali started boxing at the age of 12. From the very beginning, Ali took his boxing training very seriously. Within weeks of taking up the sport, he was winning local boxing championships....
  • Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

    Patti Page on The Ed Sullivan Show

    On January 1st 2013, almost 2 months after her 85th birthday, 1950's and 60’s pop-country recording star Patti Page passed away. Born Clara Ann Fowler in Oklahoma, Patti Page joined the Jimmy Joy Band in 1946, which led her to Chicago and ultimately a record deal with Mercury Records. Her first Top 10 solo hit, “Let Me Go, Lover!” in 1954, would be...
  • Friday, December 7th, 2012

    Dave Brubeck on The Ed Sullivan Show

    On December 5th, 2012, pianist, composer and Jazz legend, Dave Brubeck sadly passed away one day before his 92nd birthday. We would like to take a moment to look back on his Brubeck’s great career as well as his performances on The Ed Sullivan Show. In the mid-1950’s, Dave Brubeck successfully burst onto the Jazz scene creating the The Dave...
  • Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

    The Band on The Ed Sullivan Show

    Canadian-American roots rock group “The Band,” consisting of J.R. "Robbie" Robertson (guitar), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals), Garth Hudson (organ, horns) Rick Danko (bass, vocals) and Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, vocals), came together under the guidance of American Rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins at the end of the 1950’s. Hawkins first hired Levon Helm before he...
  • Friday, October 19th, 2012

    Ed Sullivan and the Civil Rights Movement

    “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” is an award-winning exhibit created by University of Maryland, Baltimore County (“UMBC”) professor Maurice Berger at the university’s Center for Art, Design and Visual...
  • Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

    Steppenwolf on The Ed Sullivan Show

    Although based in southern California, Steppenwolf evolved out of a Toronto act, “The Sparrow.” Joachim “John Kay” Krauledat (vocals), Michael Monarch (lead guitar),  John “Goldy McJohn” Goadsby (keyboards), Rushton Moreve (bass) and Jerry “Edmonton” McCrohan (drums) assumed their new name in 1967, inspired by the famous novel “Steppenwolf” by German author Hermann Hess. One of...
  • Monday, September 24th, 2012

    Alan King on The Ed Sullivan Show

    Like many other Jewish comics of the 1950’s, Alan King started his career doing stand-up at night clubs in Manhattan and on the so-called “Borscht Belt” (a string of resorts in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York popular with Jewish vacationers from the 1920’s to the 1970’s).  When King began appearing on popular TV shows such as The Perry Como...
  • Monday, September 24th, 2012

    Why The Ed Sullivan Show Helped Elvis Presley Become the King of Rock ‘N Roll

    Elvis Presley, who will always be known as the “King of Rock and Roll,” first caught the attention of millions of fans worldwide when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan show on September 9th, 1956. By the time of his first appearance on Ed Sullivan, Presley was riding high on the success of his song “The Heartbreak Hotel” and had already made several...
  • Friday, September 14th, 2012

    The McGuire Sisters on The Ed Sullivan Show

    In memory of Dorothy McGuire who passed away last Friday at 84 years of age, we wanted to take a moment to pay homage to the popular 1950’s singing trio The McGuire Sisters. Dorothy, along with her sisters Christine and Phyllis McGuire, began singing as children in the...
  • Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

    Phyllis Diller on The Ed Sullivan Show

    We were truly saddened by the news that Phyllis Diller passed away on Monday at the age of 95. Who would have thought that the one-time 37 year old housewife and mother of 5 would become an entertainment legend and share stages with the likes of George Burns, Jack Benny and Bob Hope? Phyllis Diller broke into the male-dominated world of comedy in the early 1950’s. She essentially began her career by telling jokes to fellow housewives at the Laundromat, where all of the women thought she was hilarious and encouraged her to give presentations at parties and PTA meetings. Eventually, it got to the point where Diller gained enough confidence to...