A performance by the incomparable Jackie Wilson from the archives of The Ed Sullivan Show has been shared on the official YouTube channel of the famed variety series.
The R&B master is seen giving an impassioned interpretation of “Forever and a Day” on the edition broadcast on May 27, 1962. Wilson was a frequent visitor to the show, and appeared on this occasion along with fellow guests Connie Francis and comedian-actor Red Buttons.
The melodramatic “Forever and a Day,” written by Al Kasha and Hank Hunter, opened the 1962 Brunswick LP Jackie Wilson Sings The World’s Greatest Melodies. It was accompanied by such tracks as “Take My Heart,” “(You Were Made For) All My Love,” and “My Empty Arms,” the latter a Top 10 pop hit for Wilson in 1961. The album, produced by Natt Tarnopol and Harry Goodman, featured the great performer with chorus and orchestra conducted by Dick Jacobs, and its liner notes even included a reference to the Sullivan Show.
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