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  • 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...
  • 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...