25 Facts About The Ed Sullivan Show

1. The Ed Sullivan Show was known for embracing African-American artists, refusing to kowtow to racist sponsors and, as such, was a major force in diversifying the American media landscape.

FactSnippet No. 892,258

2. The Ed Sullivan Show married Sylvia Weinstein in 1930 and the couple had a daughter, Elizabeth.

FactSnippet No. 892,257

3. The Ed Sullivan Show was livid and the band was never allowed back on the show.

FactSnippet No. 892,253

4. The Ed Sullivan Show was a powerful figure and associated with celebrities, presidents, and Popes.

FactSnippet No. 892,252

5. The Ed Sullivan Show got criticism from some, but just ignored it and continued to support everyone equally.

FactSnippet No. 892,251

6. The Ed Sullivan Show began to take notice at the pandemonium as the Beatles had just arrived from their tour in Stockholm, Sweden.

FactSnippet No. 892,248

7. The Ed Sullivan Show would use his name and influence for a good cause.

FactSnippet No. 892,247

8. The Ed Sullivan Show is rumored to have been so grateful to the Ford Motor Company that he would send postcards to dealers when he was traveling.

FactSnippet No. 892,244

9. The Ed Sullivan Show coveted Winchell's influence and wanted to move in the same circles.

FactSnippet No. 892,243

10. The Ed Sullivan Show turned down a chance to attend college, even though an uncle had offered to pay his tuition, and chose to go into the newspaper business instead.

FactSnippet No. 892,241

11. The Ed Sullivan Show was a twin, but his brother, Danny, died before their first birthday.

FactSnippet No. 892,240

12. The Ed Sullivan Show became significantly stricter with his on-camera warning to children not to watch it.

FactSnippet No. 505,895 - en.wikipedia.org

13. On May 27 1956, The Ed Sullivan Show presented an animated short film entitled A Short Vision.

FactSnippet No. 505,894 - en.wikipedia.org

14. The Ed Sullivan Show considered his May 17, 1953, telecast to be the single most important episode in the show's first decade.

FactSnippet No. 505,893 - en.wikipedia.org

15. The Ed Sullivan Show is noteworthy for showcasing performances from numerous classic Broadway musicals of the era, often featuring members of the original Broadway casts.

FactSnippet No. 505,892 - en.wikipedia.org

16. The Ed Sullivan Show presented Domino alone at his piano singing as if he were a young Nat 'King' Cole or Fats Waller, as he performed "Blueberry Hill".

FactSnippet No. 505,890 - en.wikipedia.org

17. The Ed Sullivan Show launched the careers of many performers by presenting them to a nationwide TV audience and ignored the criticism.

FactSnippet No. 505,889 - en.wikipedia.org

18. The Ed Sullivan Show was intrigued, telling his entourage it was the same thing as Elvis all over again.

FactSnippet No. 505,887 - en.wikipedia.org

19. The Ed Sullivan Show hosted a second appearance by Presley on October 28, 1956.

FactSnippet No. 505,886 - en.wikipedia.org

20. The Ed Sullivan Show rubbed one hand on his hip to dry off the perspiration from playing his guitar.

FactSnippet No. 505,885 - en.wikipedia.org

21. In 1971, The Ed Sullivan Show came to an abrupt end.

FactSnippet No. 505,884 - en.wikipedia.org

22. The Ed Sullivan Show would regularly feature singers from the Metropolitan Opera and the staff orchestra would accompany divas such as Eileen Farrell, Maria Callas or Joan Sutherland.

FactSnippet No. 505,883 - en.wikipedia.org

23. The Ed Sullivan Show was basically a musical variety show, and thus members of the CBS orchestra were folded into the Ed Sullivan Show Orchestra, conducted by Ray Bloch.

FactSnippet No. 505,882 - en.wikipedia.org

24. The Ed Sullivan Show realized that to keep viewers, the best and brightest in entertainment had to be seen, or else the viewers were going to keep on changing the channel.

FactSnippet No. 505,881 - en.wikipedia.org

25. The Ed Sullivan Show enjoyed phenomenal popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s.

FactSnippet No. 505,880 - en.wikipedia.org