• Monday, December 11th, 2023

    ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ Marks a Very Impressive Milestone in History

    There’s no debate that The Ed Sullivan Show led the way for other variety and talk shows to thrive. The show ran from 1948 until 1971 and featured host Ed Sullivan interacting with entertainment of all kinds including opera singers, comedians, singers, actors, and even circus acts. Sullivan himself was truly a one-of-a-kind entertainer, host, and reporter, who sadly […]

  • Thursday, October 26th, 2023

    “The Shot Heard Around the World”: How the Rolling Stones’ debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show launched not only them but also the Gibson Les Paul Standard

    The Stones’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show shocked parents, thrilled kids, and gave many people their first glimpse of “the most historically important ‘Burst” – Keith Richards’ 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. Guitar dealer Richard Henry retraces its history. On this day, in 1964, the Rolling Stones made their historical debut on The Ed […]

  • Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

    Ten Motown Classics From ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Feature In All-Star Clip

    Ten of the most memorable and best-loved Motown performances in the distinguished broadcast history of The Ed Sullivan Show have been compiled in one seven-minute clip, on the long-running variety series’ official YouTube channel. They include unforgettable appearances by the Supremes and the Temptations, both together and separately the Jackson 5; the Four Tops; and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. The clips cover […]

  • Friday, September 22nd, 2023

    Ed Sullivan Goes On Location With Harry Belafonte In Vintage 1950s Clip

    A short location feature in which Ed Sullivan visits actor Harry Belafonte on the set of the movie Odds Against Tomorrow is now available to view on the official YouTube channel of Sullivan’s celebrated variety series. The two-minute clip is taken from the October 18, 1959 edition of The Ed Sullivan Show. The October 1959 show also featured appearances by […]

  • Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

    How the Beatles really got booked on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

    Noted filmmakers Margo Precht Speciale and Andrew Solt joined host Kenneth Womack to talk about how the Beatles really got booked on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the lasting legacy of the television program on its 75th anniversary and more on a special bonus episode of “Everything Fab Four,” a podcast co-produced by me and Womack (a music […]

  • Monday, June 12th, 2023

    James Brown Delivers Soul Dynamite In Classic ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Medley

    The sheer brilliance and theatricality of James Brown’s live show is captured in an extended medley performance now available on the official YouTube page of The Ed Sullivan Show. In the clip, from the edition of October 30, 1966, the Godfather of Soul is seen with members of his band – including the ever-present Bobby Byrd – […]

  • Friday, June 9th, 2023

    The 17 Most Memorable Performances from ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

    Ed Sullivan wasn’t kidding when he’d announce, “We have a really big ‘shoe’ tonight.” Over the variety show’s 24 seasons and over 1,000 episodes, the who’s who of music, comedy, and dance appeared on stage to wow America with incredible performances.  Here are some of The Ed Sullivan Show’s most famous acts: The Best Acts from The Ed Sullivan […]