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 now, it was only available as a 30-second preview). The group was promoting the release of their self-titled LP, released two months prior. Levon Helm takes the lead on vocals in a tweed jacket, with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, and Rick Danko backing him. Head to 1:42 to see Garth Hudson beaming.