The Ed Sullivan Show: An Unforgettable Vintage Classic

The Ed Sullivan Show


(Original Caption) 6/20/1954-New York, New York- A perplexed Ed Sullivan, New York columnist and television emcee, faces the mitts of Ezzard Charles (L), who lost a 15-round decision to Rocky Marciano (R), on June 17th in Yankee Stadium. The pleasant looking gent in the center is newly crowned U.S. Open Golf champ, Ed Furgol. The sports trio appeared on Sullivan’s June 20th show in New York City.

Ed Sullivan introduced more than 10,000 acts of The Ed Sullivan Show that was aired between 1948 and 1971. The show is the longest-running variety program of all time, and its format was mainly the same as vaudeville. It was one of the few shows to have run at the same prime-time slot and gain consistently high rankings. The show highlights every type of entertainment including Classical musicians, Opera singers, famous recording artists, comedians, songwriters, dramatic actors who performed monologues from plays, ballet dancers, and circus. It also ranked #15 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Now, let’s have a glance at some of the most legendary performances at the show.

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