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 passed away a few years after the show ended in 1974. Despite being off the air for decades, it remains one of the most beloved shows in history and is now celebrating a very special milestone.
The Ed Sullivan Show has now surpassed over two billion total views across channels including YouTube, Facebook, Apple Music, and more, just one year after hitting one billion views. The show, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary in June, was acquired by UMe (Universal Music Enterprises) and SOFA Entertainment Inc. in 2020, helping its continued reach. Some rare performances were made available to the public in digital form, including some of the interviews that Sullivan was famous for.
Sullivan was one of the first to invite people of all backgrounds to his show despite backlash from the network and its sponsors. This was back when television and music were still segregated but Sullivan was not afraid to push back. He brought on incredible artists such as The Supremes, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and so many more, often due to his friendship with Berry Gordy. He was also the first to bring Country artists such as Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn on to a national stage and prominent Jazz artists Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.
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