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Ed Sullivan
Ed Sullivan

Edward Vincent Sullivan (September 28, 1901October 13, 1974) was an American entertainment writer and television host, best known as the emcee of a popular TV variety show called The Ed Sullivan Show that was at its height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. Edward Sullivan can refer to: Sir Edward Sullivan, 1st Baronet (1822 - 1885), the Lord Chancellor of Ireland Edward C. Sullivan (b. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 434 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (545 × 753 pixel, file size: 70 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://memory. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 434 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (545 × 753 pixel, file size: 70 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://memory. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday [1] of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although, for example, in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...

Biography

A former boxer, Sullivan began his media work as a newspaper sportswriter. When Walter Winchell, one of the original gossip columnists and the most powerful entertainment reporter of his day, left the newspaper for the Hearst syndicate, Sullivan took over as theater columnist for The New York Graphic[1] and later for The New York Daily News. His column concentrated on Broadway shows and gossip, as Winchell's had and, like Winchell, he also did show business news broadcasts on radio. Sullivan soon became a powerful starmaker in the entertainment world himself, becoming one of Winchell's main rivals, setting the El Morocco nightclub in New York as his unofficial headquarters against Winchell's seat of power at the nearby Stork Club. Sullivan continued writing for The News throughout his broadcasting career and his popularity long outlived that of Winchell. Sportswriting is a form of journalism who writes and reports on sports topics and events. ... Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972), an American newspaper and radio commentator, invented the gossip column at the New York Evening Graphic. ... The New York Graphic (not to be confused with The Daily Graphic) was a tabloid published from 1924 to 1932 by physical culture promoter and publishing mogul Bernarr Macfadden. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... El Morocco was a 20th century Manhattan nightclub frequented by the rich and famous in the 1930s and 1950s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 1948, the CBS network hired Sullivan to do a weekly Sunday night TV variety show, Toast of the Town, which later became The Ed Sullivan Show. The show was broadcast from CBS Studio 50 on Broadway in New York City, which in 1967 was renamed the Ed Sullivan Theater (and is now the home of The Late Show with David Letterman). A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... Ed Sullivan. ... Late Show with David Letterman is an hour-long weeknight comedy and talk show broadcast by CBS from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in New York City. ...


Sullivan himself had little acting ability; his mannerisms on camera were somewhat awkward and often caricatured by comedians who called him "Old Stone Face," owing to his deadpan delivery. Columnist Harriet Van Horne alleged that "he got where he is not by having a personality, but by having no personality." Harriet Van Horne (born May 17, 1920, died January 15, 1998) was an American newspaper columnist and film/television critic. ...


Somehow, Sullivan still seemed to fit the show; he appeared to the audience as an average guy who brought the great acts of show business to their home televisions. ("He will last," comedian and frequent guest Alan King was quoted as saying, "as long as someone else has talent.") Sullivan had a healthy sense of humor about himself and permitted—even encouraged—impersonators such as John Byner, Frank Gorshin, Rich Little and especially Will Jordan to imitate him on his show. Johnny Carson also did a fair impression. The impressionists exaggerated his stiffness, raised shoulders, and nasal tenor phrasing, along with some of his commonly used introductions, such as "And now, right here on our stage..." and "For all you youngsters out there...". Will Jordan has portrayed Sullivan in I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), The Doors (1991), Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Down With Love (2003), and in the 1979 TV Movie "Elvis" [citation needed] Alan King (December 26, 1927 – May 9, 2004), born Irwin Alan Kniberg, was an American comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, from the Batman TV series. ... Rich Little performing (as George Burns) in 2004 Richard Caruthers Rich Little (born November 26, 1938) is a Canadian comedian best known for his celebrity impersonations. ... Will Jordan (born July 27, 1927) is an American character actor who is best known for his uncanny resemblance to long-time TV host Ed Sullivan, coupled with his ability to present a dead-on impression of the mans unique nasal voice and self-conscious, quirky mannerisms. ... For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ... I Want to Hold Your Hand is the title of the hit 1963 Beatles song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney that led the British Invasion of the United States music charts. ... The Buddy Holly Story is a 1978 biographical film which tells the life story of rock musician Buddy Holly. ... This page is about the rock band. ... Mr. ... Down with Love is a 2003 American romantic comedy film. ...


In the 1950s and 1960s, Sullivan was a respected starmaker because of the number of performers that became household names after appearing on the show. He had a knack for identifying and promoting top talent and paid a great deal of money to secure that talent for his show. the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...


There was another side to Sullivan: he could be very quick to take offense if he felt he had been crossed and could hold a grudge for a long time. This could unfortunately be seen as a T.V personality. Jackie Mason, Bo Diddley, and The Doors became intimately familiar with Sullivan's negative side. Jackie Mason (born Yacov Moshe Maza on June 9, 1931, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin) is an American stand-up comedian. ... Bo Diddleys emphasis on rhythm largely influenced popular music, especially that of rock and roll in the 1960s. ... This page is about the rock band. ...


On November 20, 1955, Bo Diddley was asked by Sullivan to sing Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit "Sixteen Tons." Come air time, Diddley sang his #2 hit song "Bo Diddley." He was banned from the show. is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...


Jackie Mason was banned from the series in 1962. Sullivan gestured that Mason should wrap things up and Sullivan believed Mason replied on live television with the finger. (Videotapes of the incident are inconclusive as to whether Mason's waving hand was intended to be the gesture, but Sullivan's body language immediately afterward made it clear that he was convinced of it.)[2] Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the gesture. ...


The Doors were banned in 1967 after they were asked to remove the lyric "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" from their song "Light My Fire" (CBS censors believed that it was too overt a reference to drug use.) but sang the song with the lyrics intact. Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about The Doors song. ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational rather than medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ...


The Rolling Stones were a different story; they were forced to change the chorus of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." Lead singer Mick Jagger deliberately called attention to this censorship by rolling his eyes and mugging when he uttered the new words. [3] This article is about the rock band. ... Lets Spend the Night Together was a 1967 song by the Rolling Stones. ... Michael Phillip Mick Jagger CBE (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ...


Unlike many shows of the time, Sullivan asked that musical acts perform their music live, rather than lip-synching to their recordings. Some of these performances have recently been issued on CD.[4]


The act that appeared most frequently through the show's run was the comedy duo of Wayne & Shuster making a total of sixty-seven appearances between 1958 and 1969. Wayne and Shuster was a Canadian comedy duo formed by Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster. ...


In 1961, Sullivan was asked by CBS to fill in for an ailing Red Skelton on The Red Skelton Show. He performed some of Skelton's characters successfully. One character was renamed "Eddie the Freeloader" (normally "Freddie the Freeloader"). Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Richard Bernard Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American comedian whose greatest impact — in a career which began as a teen circus clown and graduated to vaudeville, Broadway, MGM films, and radio — began when he reached television stardom with The Red Skelton Show (NBC, 1951–1952... The Red Skelton Show was a staple of American television for almost two decades, from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. ...


In August of 1956, Sullivan was injured in an automobile accident that occurred near his country home in Southbury, Connecticut. Sullivan had to take a medical leave from the show, missing the September 8 appearance of Elvis Presley (something he earlier had stated never would happen; on a later Presley appearance, Sullivan made amends by telling his audience, "This is a real decent fine boy.") The fact he had to play catch-up to featuring such a star on his show made him determined to get the next big sensation first. In 1964, he achieved that with the first live American appearance of The Beatles, on February 9, 1964, the most-watched program in TV history to that point, and remains one of the most-watched programs of all time. The Beatles appeared several more times on the Sullivan show; Sullivan struck up such a rapport with the Beatles that he agreed to introduce them at their Shea Stadium concerts in August 1965. Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Incorporated 1787 Government  - Type Selectman-town meeting  - First selectman Mark A. R. Cooper Area  - City 103. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ...

Ed Sullivan visits Expo 67 in Montreal
Ed Sullivan visits Expo 67 in Montreal

In the fall of 1965, CBS began televising the weekly programs in RCA's compatible color process. Although the show was seen live in the Central and Eastern time zones, it was taped for airing in the Pacific and Mountain time zones. Fortunately, most of the taped programs (as well as some early kinescopes) have been preserved and excerpts have been released on home video, taken from specials hosted by Carol Burnett. Image File history File links EdSullivanatExpo. ... Image File history File links EdSullivanatExpo. ... The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, or simply Expo 67 was the General Exhibition Category 1 Worlds Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. ... Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is a five-time Golden Globe winning American actress and comedienne. ...


Sullivan paid for the funeral of dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson out of his own pocket. He also defied pressure to exclude African American musicians from appearing on his show. In 1969, Sullivan presented the Jackson 5 with their first single "I Want You Back", which ousted B. J. Thomas's "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from the top spot of Billboard's pop charts. Bill Bojangles Robinson (May 25, 1878 – November 25, 1949) was a pioneer and pre-eminent African-American tap dance performer. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... I Want You Back is a 1969 #1 hit single recorded by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label. ... B. J. (Billy Joe) Thomas (born August 7, 1942) in Hugo, Oklahoma and grew up around Houston, Texas, is a country singer. ...


At a time when television had not yet embraced country and western music, Sullivan was adamant about featuring Nashville performers on his program. This insistence paved the way for shows such as "Hee Haw" and variety shows hosted by country singers like Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell. Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... For the Scottish broadcaster, see Glenn Campbell (broadcaster). ...


By 1971, the show was no longer in television's top 20. New CBS executives, who wanted to attract younger viewers, canceled the show along with virtually all of the network's oldest shows. Sullivan was so upset and angry he refused to do a final show, although he did return to CBS for several TV specials and a 25th anniversary show in 1973. One year later, the man known as "Old Stone Face" died of esophageal cancer at age 73 at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, coincidentally on a Sunday night. His funeral was attended by 3,000 at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York on a cold, rainy day. Sullivan is interred in a crypt at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Esophageal cancer is malignancy of the esophagus. ... Lenox Hill Hospital, on Manhattans Upper East Side, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital and a major teaching affiliate of NYU Medical Center. ... St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Sullivan was married to the former Sylvia Weinstein from April 28, 1930, until her death on March 16, 1973. They had a daughter. Sullivan was in the habit of calling Sylvia after every program to get her immediate critique. is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 16 is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


Sullivan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd. Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


References

  1. ^ Yagoda, Ben (1981), "The True Story of Bernarr Macfadden," American Heritage 33(1), December, 1981; reference used for this article was the online version,Ben Yagoda (December, 1981). The True Story of Bernarr Macfadden: Lives and Loves of the Father of the Confession Magazine. American Heritage. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  2. ^ CBS special, The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show
  3. ^ The video of this performance can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uewUcr-BYo
  4. ^ www.amazon.com

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External links

  • Ed Sullivan at the Internet Movie Database
  • Ed Sullivan appearance on the Phil Silvers Show
  • Overview of Ed Sullivan's life

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