Ed Sullivan welcomes The Beatles as his guests in their first appearance on American television. The British rock group sings five of their current hit songs. Dutch comic magician Fred Kaps performs card tricks and a salt shaker stunt, the cast of the Broadway musical "Oliver" performs several numbers and Frank Gorshin does his impression of an imagined committee meeting of the U.S. Senate with its members all famous movie actors. British singer Tessie O'Shea performs three songs, including her hit, "Two-Ton Tessie from Tennessee", the comic team of Mitzi McCall and Charley Brill perform a comic sketch concerning the travails of a Hollywood producer trying to find the right woman for a part in a major motion picture and the comic acrobat team of Wells and the Four Fays perform a number of tumbling stunts. Written by
Did You Know?
Before The Beatles
made their first appearance on the show (on their first visit to America, in early 1964), manager Brian Epstein
and host Sullivan made some careful negotiations. Epstein wanted the show to cover the band's flight expenses to New York and back, and in return Sullivan wanted more than one appearance. In the end, the Beatles performed for three weeks running (two live and one pretaped), making visits to Washington DC and Miami in between. See more
Well, it's an election year and once again a lot of the Hollywood stars are ou campaigning for the candidates of both parties because of their interest in politics, of course. A funny thing occured to me - what if these stars decided to run for these offices themselves? They'd have no trouble getting votes because of their popularity and in a short time, the stars would be running the country. I can see it now - you're in the nation's capital - Las Vegas, Nevada...
Two-Ton Tessie from Tennessee
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Performed by Tessie O'Shea See more