June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971
ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles.
Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half-year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.
Host: Ed Sullivan. Entertainer Of The Year Awards from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Guest: Tom Jones wins most popular male singer of the year award and sings " Cabaret."
Ed begins the 23rd season of his popular Sunday night variety show with the first AGVA awards ceremony, The American Guild Of Variety Artists Awards-called Georgies in honor of George M. Cohan, are presented at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
The major winners...Entertainer Of The Year; Bob Hope. Musical stars Barbra Streisand and Tom Jones. Comedy Stars: Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson, Musical group: Blood, Sweat And Tears. Golden Award: Jimmy Durante. Rising star: Melba Moore. Novelty Circus Act:
The Flying Alexanders. Presenters include New York City Mayor John Lindsay, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Tommy Smothers, Sergio Franchi, Clown Emmett Kelly, and Marc Copage, and Michael Link of "Julia."
Peter Gennaro dances to a medley of Cohan songs. Other highlights...Barbra "On A Clear Day" Sergio, Melba, "I Got Love"
Blood, Sweat And Tears "Lucretia Mac Evil."
Duplicate of #19802. Includes commercials.