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  • Monday, August 13th, 2012

    Sly and The Family Stone on The Ed Sullivan Show

    In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Sly and the Family Stone burst onto the music scene with a unique sound which combined R&B, soul, funk and rock. Sly and the Family Stone were one of the first racially integrated bands in music history. In 1966, Sly Stone formed the band the Stoners in San Francisco, which featured female trumpeter Cynthia Robinson. Though...
  • Friday, August 3rd, 2012

    The Friends of Distinction on The Ed Sullivan Show

    The Friends of Distinction are often underrated in the retrospectives of the late 60s and early 70s popular music. Despite the group’s short life, The Friends of Distinction made some of the most notable pop/soul music of all-time and were one of the most endearing and vocally coordinated singing groups of that...
  • Friday, July 20th, 2012

    Sergio Franchi on The Ed Sullivan Show

    One of the most frequent guests on The Ed Sullivan Show was Italian tenor Sergio Franchi. Sergio Franchi was born in Codogno, Italy in 1926, and made his singing debut at only 10 years old in a school play. In Italy, he sang with jazz groups and in 1947 he moved with his family to South Africa where he studied engineering while training in opera. Within a few years Franchi’s amateur singing led to...
  • Friday, July 13th, 2012

    Dusty Springfield on The Ed Sullivan Show

    Known for her powerful and husky voice, Dusty Springfield is considered to be one of the most successful British female singers. Over the course of a long, episodic career, she experimented with music genres like pop, R&B, Motown-style soul, traditional folk, country, and contemporary dance music. She has been called “one of the five mighty pop divas of the sixties" along with...
  • Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

    Irving Berlin on The Ed Sullivan Show – God Bless America

    There is no better time to pay tribute to Irving Berlin and his patriotic classic God Bless America than on the 4th of July.  Irving Berlin is without question one of America’s most important composers and songwriters.  It is admirable that although Berlin was an immigrant (he was born in Belarus and came to New York when he was 5), he adopted America as his home...
  • Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

    Brian Wilson’s Birthday – Beach Boys

    June 20th is Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s 70th birthday.  Last week, the band’s latest album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” made its debut on the Billboard Top 200 at #3, the first time the band has hit the top 10 with an album of all new...
  • Friday, June 15th, 2012

    The Turtles on The Ed Sullivan Show

    In the 1960’s, The Ed Sullivan Show served as a platform for one of the most important music revolutions of the 20th century…The British Invasion.  The invasion fully took off with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show U.S. television debut performance...
  • Friday, June 8th, 2012

    NBA Bobblehead Commercials Featuring The Ed Sullivan Show

    For years, the National Basketball Association has been notorious for producing funny commercials and television spots involving NBA players, commentators and mascots. Among their most popular ones are their trademark bobblehead spots, which incorporate the heads of the biggest stars in the league. This season, the...
  • Friday, June 1st, 2012

    The Beatles Before and After The Ed Sullivan Show

    Almost sixty years ago, rock 'n' roll was something fresh, exciting and controversial (thanks in part to Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show with his sexy hip swivels). By the beginning of the 1960’s, rock n’ roll music was becoming more accepted and rock legends like Elvis, Buddy Holly and the Crickets had opened the gate for a new era that would change the music landscape.  During this rock revolution, The Beatles came to life. It is hard to believe that it’s been 52 years since The Beatles’ journey began when John Lennon formed a group...
  • Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

    Joan Rivers – First Performance on The Ed Sullivan Show

    Joan Rivers is known for being a fashion critic, covering the red-carpet of the biggest award shows and for hosting Fashion Police, but how did her career originally take off? Joan Rivers started out in show business as a writer and stand-up comedian in the 1960’s. By 1965, Joan Rivers had made a name for herself as a comedienne and was making appearances on...