Sundays with Sullivan: How the Ed Sullivan Show Brought Elvis, the Beatles, and Culture to America

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Taylor Trade Publications, Jan 16, 2009 - Performing Arts - 232 pages
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Ed Sullivan, who could not sing, dance, or act, was TV's greatest showman in its early years. For 23 years, from 1948 to 1971, he hosted America's premiere variety show every Sunday night on CBS, on which he introduced an eclectic array of talent that included everything from opera singers to dancing bears to Elvis Presley and the Beatles. This book is an inside view of The Ed Sullivan Show and the unusual story of one of the most unlikely television stars who played host to such diverse talents as Van Cliburn, Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Goulet, Richard Pryor, and The Rolling Stones. With his distinctive nasal voice, Sullivan regularly promised audiences a really big shew and delivered by offering up virtually every form of twentieth-century entertainment. Bernie Ilson, the Sullivan show's P.R. man for eight years, takes us on a trip down memory lane to revisit one of the most popular shows in television history.
 

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User Review  - SeaBill1 - LibraryThing

This is a book that, on the one hand, wants to be a scholarly treatise about the roll of Ed Sullivan's weekly show in the aculturation of American tastes. (Notes in every chapter! Four appendices! A ... Read full review

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User Review  - EasyEW - LibraryThing

If you haven't read an "inside the Sullivan show" book before, this probably wouldn't be the one I'd recommend, although it's a decent enough supplement written by a man who was connected with the ... Read full review

Contents

part 1
1
chapter 1
3
chapter 2
15
chapter 3
25
chapter 4
33
chapter 5
47
chapter 6
53
chapter 7
57
chapter 16
133
chapter 17
139
chapter 18
145
chapter 19
149
chapter 20
155
chapter 21
161
chapter 22
173
appendix A
181

chapter 8
71
chapter 9
77
chapter 10
83
chapter 11
89
chapter 12
103
part 2
113
chapter 13
115
chapter 14
119
chapter 15
129
appendix B
183
appendix C
185
appendix D
189
notes
193
bibliography
201
index
203
about the author
215
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