Jack visits with Ed Sullivan


Jack speaks with Ed Sullivan (Circular 3, LOC Copyright Office, September 2017)

This showed up today on Facebook. It shows Jack with entertainment host Ed Sullivan. Both were big CBS figures. Both their shows were sponsored by Lincoln-Mercury. Both shows were long-running.


The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show three times. Here's a clip from their first appearance in February 1964: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qXyw1JiW7I


Ed Sullivan was such a big personality that he featured in the Broadway play and movie Bye-Bye Birdie. The heart throb was Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-like performer, who had been drafted and was going away after his performance on The Ed Sullivan Show ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRLe6MfGsDo ). The teenage girls swooned and sang, "Bye, bye, Birdie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t3cBTb3xPc


In 1956, Ed Sullivan was involved in a near-fatal head-on collision in Connecticut. He was away from the show for quite some time, and when he returned, he moved slowly. He didn't seem to recover his strength completely; at least, not as he appeared on television.



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