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  • 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...
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    Richard Pryor’s first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show

    Inspired by Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor moved to New York in 1963 to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian. There he started performing in clubs such as the Café Wha? and soon after he began opening for acts such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and Woody Allen. Just two years after moving to New York, he was appearing...
  • Friday, May 4th, 2012

    Memories of The Ed Sullivan Show – Guest Post

    Many moons ago, my greatest luxury was my black and white television — small as can be with wooden side boards, three knobs along the frame, and a V-shaped antenna piercing the air. I had gotten it just after my folks and I moved into our New York City pad fresh from the open road, and was the first one I had laid my hands on...
  • Friday, April 27th, 2012

    Beatlemania & The Ed Sullivan Show – The Beatles in 1964

     By 1964, audiences were progressively becoming more open-minded.  The country had experienced the rise of Elvis Presley and rock & roll had become far more ingrained in our culture.  President Kennedy’s death in 1963 left a strong sense of despair in the air and Americans needed something big to lift their spirits. The Beatles American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show could not have happened at a more perfect time. Not only did it mark the...
  • Friday, April 6th, 2012

    Top 5 Most Controversial Performances From The Ed Sullivan Show

    There is no doubt that history was made on The Ed Sullivan Show numerous times. From The Beatles legendary American TV debut to Elvis Presley’s first performance on the show.  There’s no denying that some of the most important events in television took place on the Sullivan stage, including several controversial performances that will forever remain part of music and television history. We have compiled a list of the top 5 most controversial performances on The Ed Sullivan Show: 5.