• Thursday, June 24th, 2021

    50 Years Later, ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ Still Charms and Challenges

    Between 1948 and 1971, millions of Americans had two appointments on Sunday: church and “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS — a connection the 1960 Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie” made when it praised the show’s host in the number “Hymn for a Sunday Evening.” SOFA Entertainment purchased the variety show’s library in 1990, and […]

  • Monday, June 21st, 2021

    National Perspective: ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ was an institution

    Today, no one remembers Topo Gigio or Senor Wences. Today, no one thinks the riffs of Alan King are side-splitting gems of comedy. Today, no one would consider it appropriate to film a performer such as Elvis Presley only from the waist up. Today, no one would even think of telling Mick Jagger to cleanse […]

  • Monday, June 21st, 2021

    YouTube Gold: Buddy Holly And The Crickets

    One of the great pleasures of any music really but especially American music because of its vast influences and so many different styles regionally and ethnically, is finding older musicians who maybe you didn’t know as well. For many, Buddy Holly was a contemporary but for most people today, he is a distant figure. Born […]

  • Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

    Watch Harry Belafonte Perform ‘Muleskinner’ On ‘Ed Sullivan’ Vintage 1962

    Harry Belafonte’s 1962 performance of “Muleskinner” is among the latest clips to be shared from the annals of The Ed Sullivan Show. The official YouTube channel of the famous series, which ran for 24 seasons between 1948 and 1971, continues to offer remarkable moments in the show’s history. The black and white clip features Belafonte, then aged 35, on […]

  • Friday, May 28th, 2021

    Watch Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging 1968 Performance On ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

    The archives of The Ed Sullivan Show have opened again to reveal a glorious 1968 performance by Ella Fitzgerald. The show’s official YouTube channel is now playing host to the peerless vocal stylist’s rousing version of “You’ll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)” on the April 28, 1968 edition. The clip is all the more fascinating as a […]

  • Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

    Watch the Band Rip Through ‘Up on Cripple Creek’ in Newly Uploaded ‘Ed Sullivan’ Video

    With the entire catalogue of The Ed Sullivan Show recently added to streaming platforms, fans can watch performances that were previously only available as low-resolution bootlegs. The series’ YouTube channel has clips that include Ike & Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and, as of Sunday, the Band. The November 2nd, 1969 video features a full clip of “Up On Cripple Creek” (until […]

  • Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

    What to Stream, April 12–19

    This week’s streams feature classic jazz performances from The Ed Sullivan Show in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, Bobby Watson in Missouri, Joey DeFrancesco in New Hampshire, a debut by the Zürich Jazz Orchestra and much more.  Available Now: Ella, Louie, Nat and More! Ed Sullivan Show Spotlights Classic Jazz Performances Read more at

  • Monday, April 5th, 2021

    Jazz Featured on The Ed Sullivan Show’s YouTube Channel in April

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and all month long the official YouTube channel of The Ed Sullivan Show will feature jazz segments from the famous variety show’s archive. Though best known for groundbreaking appearances by Elvis Presley and the Beatles, Sullivan’s program had a long history of presenting a wide variety of performers, from comedians to novelty acts (Topo Gigio, […]