The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
"Toast of the Town" (original title)

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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and its rock music performances.

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Ed Sullivan's show was straight out of old vaudeville; brief acts of every description, from slapstick comedy to operatic arias. At least once, he showed a film, the only known film of Anna Pavlova (doing her Swan Dance). The Muppets' first TV appearance was on Ed Sullivan. Stiff and expressionless, with a peculiar voice and a talent for mispronunciation, Sullivan was at least as recognizable as Cronkite to early 60's viewers. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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The Beatles' famous first appearance on The Ed Sullivan show was in The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #17.19 (1964). See more »

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[Bob Hope has walked in on Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby singing' Road to Morocco']
Bing: What's the problem?
Bob: [pointing at Frank] You're singing our song with him.
Frank: I said I was sorry.
Bob: After all, Dean wouldn't do this to Jerry.
Bing: Bob, I'll tell you what happened. I didn't know you were in town. I heard, or I figured at least, that you'd gone for a ride on the Russian moon.
Frank: [indicating Bob] Ladies and Gentlemen, here's the first man to entertain the troops in Outer Space.
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They Don't Make Em Like This Anymore
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This was the ultimate variety show. Where else could you see comedy, music and animal acts all on one show. Sullivan could see talent and did his best to help promote it and if you made a big impression on Sullivan you were a star overnight (just ask The Beatles). Also, it should be noted that he helped to break a lot of African-American entertainers at a time when network programming wouldn't allow it. This show was a classic.


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