• Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

    Bringing Back Ed Sullivan

    (Newsweek) Sunday nights were always special in our home. Each week, my family would gather in front of our four-legged, wooden box of a TV to see who would be appearing on that week's Ed Sullivan Show. It was the only TV show I watched regularly with my family (assuming my homework was done). Just 10 weeks before Americans met the Beatles, our world was turned upside down on the bleakest Friday ever-November 22, 1963. With President John F. Kennedy's assassination, the balloon had suddenly popped, and very dark days and nights followed. The Fab Four...
  • Friday, January 31st, 2014

    Beatle Fans Hear Yesterday Again

    It was inevitable, time marching on as it does, and yet it also hard to believe: Half a century has passed ince the Beatles touched down in New York for the first time, on Feb. 7, 1964, and seduced the country with three performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and three concerts, one at the Washington Coliseum and two at Carnegie Hall. Everything about them — their pudding basin haircuts, their Cardin suits and pointed boots, their sharp, irreverent sense of humor — seemed outlandish, compared with American pop groups. And though their music was firmly rooted — as they were always quick to point out — in American rhythm and blues, soul and rock, they...
  • Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

    McCartney and Starr Team Again as Eurythmics, Grohl Honor the Beatles

    Last night, as he stood onstage in Los Angeles to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, Paul McCartney confessed to wondering “if it was seemly to tribute yourself?” By then, none of the thousands gathered in a large ballroom of the L.A. Convention Center was about to object, not with a rare onstage reunion between McCartney and his fellow Beatle Ringo Starr only minutes away. Leading up to that moment Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Joe Walsh had performed inspired takes on Beatles classics as part of The Night...
  • Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

    The Beatles powered TV, and TV powered the Beatles

    Fifty years ago next Sunday, on Feb. 9, 1964, via “The Ed Sullivan Show,” America met the Beatles. It was not the group’s first appearance on American television. CBS News had reported, dismissively, on British “Beatlemania,” and Jack Paar had aired on his talk show a clip of the band playing in England. Their music was in the charts, finally: After a year of outright refusal, Capitol Records (an American arm of EMI, the Beatles’ British label) was finally releasing and promoting their records. In “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the band had its first U.S. No. 1 About 3,000 fans greeted the Fab Four...
  • Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    CBS to Mark Anniversary of Beatles’ ‘Ed Sullivan’ Gig, JFK Assassination

    CBS is digging into its archives to commemorate two notable 50th anniversaries: The Beatles' debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The net will celebrate classic TV and classic rock music at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 when its airs a Grammy salute to the Fab Four. The two-hour special, which will tape on Jan. 27, 2014, (the day after the Grammy Awards), will feature top musicians covering classic Beatles tunes. Meanwhile, will stream CBS News’ historic coverage of the JFK...
  • Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    CBS to air Beatles tribute on anniversary of Fab Four’s legendary ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ gig

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. CBS, to the surprise of no one, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first 'Ed Sullivan Show' appearance with a two-hour tribute show on Sun., Feb. 9. That's exactly 50 years to the day and hour from the Fab Four's first Ed Sullivan date — a show that drew massive viewership and, depending on one's tolerance for superlatives, either kicked off the '60s or altered pop culture forever. In its formal announcement Thursday, CBS reported it is modestly titling this new show...
  • Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    Rolling Stones’ ‘Ed Sullivan’ Appearances Coming to DVD

    All of the Rolling Stones' appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the Sixties are about to be released for the first time on DVD later this year. The set will be issued in two forms – an abridged version titled Four Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones, due out on October 4th, and a deluxe package called Six Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones, in stores on November 1st. The performances collected in the set include some of the band's best-known hits, from "Time Is On My Side" in their first appearance on the show in 1964 through renditions of "Gimme Shelter" and...
  • Thursday, July 21st, 2011

    TCA 2011: Ed Sullivan: No joke teller, but he brought the funny

    Ed Sullivan was one of TV's most awkward hosts. He couldn't tell a joke, couldn't sing and always seemed stiff and unsmiling. And he was one of the greatest friends to some of America's most influential comedians. Sullivan and his influence on popular culture in introducing the country to such groundbreaking comedians as Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Alan King, Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers on his variety show during the 1960s will be celebrated in PBS' "The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special," which will premiere Aug. 6.
  • Sunday, September 12th, 2010

    ‘The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles’: A Generational Divide

    The DVD begins rather worryingly with generic cod-Beatle music, like that episode of Gilligan’s Island with the Mosquitoes. It’s a world in black and white, one in which the kids are about to go way overboard festooning their brittle limbs with a kaleidoscope of color. This is a moment in history, in part because the Beatles were riding the crest of that particular wave. The timing of this new two-disc DVD set, The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles, is perfect, especially if you’re a fan of Mad Men. Never mind the commercials, which don’t just seem quaint when viewed...