Storied vocal group the Mills Brothers are featured in a newly-released clip of a performance from the earlier years of The Ed Sullivan Show. The family group from Ohio are seen singing a medley of “The Jones Boy” and “Lazy River” on the November 7, 1954 edition of the famous variety series, some seven years into its epic run on CBS and less than a year before the show officially changed its name from Toast of the Town to the title it was already widely known by.
The Mills Brothers had started to develop their unique vocal interaction on radio broadcasts in Cincinatti in the late 1920s, and were already nearly a quarter-century into their chart success by the time of this Sullivan appearance. Their earliest popularity on record was with the No.1 smash “Tiger Rag” in late 1931, followed by another chart-topper, “Dinah,” in 1932.
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