• Monday, August 25th, 2014

    Four lives and the Fab Four

    (CNN) Two of them watched on television. One of them was on television. And one of them was helping make television. Andrew Solt, Ken Ehrlich, Debra Supnik and Vince Calandra were all part of the massive audience who watched The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Solt and Ehrlich were part of the then-record 73 million people who gathered around CBS that Sunday evening, February 9, 1964. Supnik was in the studio audience, one of 728 lucky souls. And Calandra, part of the Sullivan production staff, watched from offstage -- when he wasn't hustling to keep the show going.
  • 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...