THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW - TOAST OF THE TOWN

For many years, Ed Sullivan was a national event each Sunday evening, and was the first exposure for foreign performers to the American public.

From 1949 until its cancellation in 1971, the show ran on CBS every Sunday night from 8 - 9 P.M. E.T., and is one of the few entertainment shows to have been run in the same weekly time slot on the same network for more than two decades. (For its first season, it had run from 9 - 10 P.M., E.T.) Virtually every type of entertainment appeared on the show; opera singers, popular artists, songwriters, comedians, ballet dancers, dramatic actors performing monologues from plays, and circus acts were regularly featured. The format was essentially the same as vaudeville, and although vaudeville had died a generation earlier, Sullivan presented many ex-vaudevillians on his show.

Originally co-created and produced by Marlo Lewis, the show was first titled Toast of the Town, but was widely referred to as the Ed Sullivan Show for years before September 25, 1955, when that became its official name.  The Ed Sullivan Show was originally broadcast via live television from the Maxine Elliott Theatre at Broadway and 39th St. before moving to its permanent home at CBS-TV Studio 50 in New York City, which was renamed the Ed Sullivan Theater on the occasion of the program's 20th anniversary in June 1968.

This rare set of 11 full hour long shows include the original vintage commercials.  The quality varies but for the most part they are excellent ranging from 8 to 8.5.  Two of the shows have studio countdown.   We feel these shows well represent a show that became an American tradition.

DECEMBER 16, 1949 - W.C. HANDY
JANUARY 22, 1950 - JOEY ADAMS
JANUARY 29, 1950 - DINAH SHORE, VIC DAMONE & ALICE PEARCE
FEBRUARY 5, 1950 - TERESA BREWER, MICKEY SAUGHNESSY, LUISE RAINER
FEBRUARY 12, 1950 - VAUGHN MONROE & GEORGE KIRBY
FEBRUARY 8, 1953 - A SALUTE TO WALT DISNEY
FEBRUARY 14, 1954 - MGM 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
OCTOBER 3, 1954 - THE I LOVE LUCY CAST
FEBRURY 27, 1955 - EARTHA KITT
MAY 19, 1963 - STEVE LAWRENCE, KATE SMITH, ANN MARGRET, TOTIE FIELDS
MARCH 24, 1968 - THE SUPREMES, NANCY SINATRA, JIMMY DEAN, GEO CARLIN

Ed Sullivan Show
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