The Ed Sullivan Show? Oh my God, it was like the kids, back when Dick Clark was on, everybody raced home from school to watch American Bandstand. And, of course, Ed Sullivan was one of those guys that you NEVER missed … you know, The Toast Of The Town and The Ed Sullivan Show … it was HUGE, you know, to be a guest on Ed's show … it was spectacular, of course. It was a network tv show, for cryin' out loud! And he had a HUGE audience … EVERYBODY watched The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday nights ... it was the biggest show at the time, The Ed Sullivan Show … and he had EVERYBODY on for cryin' out loud.
I didn't really spend too much time with Ed Sullivan, you know, I would be there for rehearsal … I'd see him and we'd chat, you know, it was very, very casual, you know … it'd be like "Oh, hi Ed" … "Hi, Bobby, how ya doin'? Look forward to havin' you on the show tonight" and all of that stuff. I never really knew the man that well.
-- Bobby Rydell
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Ed Sullivan and The Ed Sullivan Show became a central character in the film version of "Bye Bye Birdie" … in fact Paul Lynde (as Ann-Margret's dad) led the chorus in singing a tribute to television's most popular (stone-faced) variety show host!]
Well, everybody knew that if you got asked to do the Sullivan Show, that was going to be a high point in your career. So we went on there and debuted "This Diamond Ring" to the country and I know that had a lot to do with that going to #1 for us … and then we got asked back six different times to do it. So within the release of our first seven singles, we did six Ed Sullivan Shows … and so all seven of those tunes went to The Top Ten. And it was just great … it was really great … and then I got my draft notice!
-- Gary Lewis
Here are some of the comments we received during the course of our very special Ed Sullivan Series:
I am really enjoying your feature with Andrew Solt. What a great interview! I hope you are getting a big response from this. It is amazing to read that so many of those shows have survived. I can't believe that Ed Sullivan had the vision even back in 1948 to preserve them. Thanks again.
Phil Nee - WRCO
Thanks so much for the correct information on Alan Price! So glad to hear he is alive and performing. When in doubt ask the master....
Enjoying the articles on Ed Sullivan Show! Keep up the great work!
This has been a great interview ... thanks for a great read.
I am lovin' this!!!
Alan O' Day
I asked Bob Merlis, who helped me to set up this Ed Sullivan Series in the first place ...
"So what did you think of the Andrew Solt Interview?" (kk)
Delighted, thrilled, awestruck. Pick one or more.
You're blowing me away!
This is without a doubt the BEST thing you've ever done.
Good God, I am BLOWN AWAY!
And this from Andrew Solt himself!!!
Thanks for doing such a thorough, in-depth job on the library, the rock music, the other genres and its importance in pop culture and American TV history. I appreciate your thoroughness and interest in Ed Sullivan and his rich body of work. You did a very thorough, stellar job and your time, focus and involvement with the Ed Sullivan Show these past few weeks is much appreciated. Well done!
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