Posts Tagged ‘“Ed Sullivan Show”’

“Ladies and Gentlemen … The Beatles!”

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The February 9, 1964 audience of The Ed Sullivan Show got the treat of a lifetime. On the stage that night, John, Paul, George and Ringo performed for the first time ever on live, American television. You’ve seen the footage – the matching dark suits, the screaming teenage fans, the coordinated bows at the end of each song … It’s still mesmerizing 48 years later:

Several of our interviewees were present at the legendary performance. Director John Moffitt was the Assistant Director on The Ed Sullivan Show at the time:

And Talent Coordinator Vince Calandra booked the Fab Four on the show:

Gotta love those lads from Liverpool! Read more about The Beatles’ performance on our Ed Sullivan Show page.

If Hips Could Kill: Elvis’ Lower Half is Censored on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

Friday, January 6th, 2012

55 years ago today, on January 6, 1957, Elvis Presley’s hips were deemed too hot for TV by The Ed Sullivan Show. Elvis had already appeared on the program twice before, in all of his hip-shaking glory, but on his third appearance he was shot only from the waist up. Of course, just by listening to his screaming fans, you can (thankfully) still tell when he gyrates:

More memorable moments from The Ed Sullivan Show here