Early Television Memories
The Ed Sullivan Show
Issue Date: August 11, 2009
City: North Hollywood, CA
“Our whole family would watch ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on Sunday night at 8 o’clock. I can remember the Beatles going on there and all the girls screaming. And the Beatles with their long hair, my parents didn’t really care for that. There was Elvis Presley – I don’t think my parents liked him at all! But (the puppet) Topo Gigio was a cute little thing. He’d tell jokes. He used to crawl up Ed’s arm and give him kisses. And Ed always liked to say, “We have a REALLY big show (pronounced “shoe”)!” – Jean L.
As television sales began to skyrocket in 1948, America discovered a host of talented performers. Ed was the man to introduce them. A keen evaluator of talent, he had a knack for assessing and satisfying the nation’s interests. Performances by the Beatles and Elvis became legendary, and an appearance on the show was seen as a ticket to stardom. Overall, more than 10,000 entertainers appeared during the show’s 23-year run.