The Ed Sullivan Show

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (6)

  • a real decent kid

  • Buddy Holly in interviewed by Ed Sullivan at the conclusion of "Peggy Sue"

  • "And now for the youngsters we bring back The Crickets - now Texas boys do it!"

  • "Now I am going to have those drums left right there because now coming out here four citizens of the sovern state of Texas, and they tell me that we behave up in the North, over at Christmas Texas ought to permit us to come back into the union is that right fellas? Here from Lubbock Texas The Crickets with one of their hit records" Ed Sullivan on introducing Buddy Holly and The Crickets "That'll Be The Day"

  • "Next Week--'THE BEATLES' & The Pieta--Good Night!"--Ed Sullivan.

  • George Carlin's Muhammad Ali/America the Beautiful routine ends with him singing: O beautiful for smoggy skies Insecticided grain For strip-minded mountains majesty Above the asphalt plain America! America! Men sheds his waste on thee And hides the pines with billboard signs From sea to oily sea. When Carlin reused this routine in his 1972 album Class Clown, he added a piece on "the sexual side of Vietnam."

Notes (269)

  • This is Season 9 of "THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW' aka "THE TOAST OF THE TOWN" on CBS-TV.

  • This is the first episode officially titled "The Ed Sullivan Show." The series title was previously "Toast of the Town."

  • Jack Palance, Rod Steiger, Wendell Corey and Everett Sloane were originally scheduled to perform a scene from their film "The Big Knife" on this show. This segment was probably cancelled as, a few days prior to this broadcast, Jack Palance was hospitalized for an emergency appendectomy. (Source: Variety magazine, October 19, 1955).

  • It has been reported that Bo Diddley was instructed to perform "Sixteen Tons". At the last minute he performed "Bo Diddley" claiming he couldn't see the lyrics to "Sixteen Tons" on the cue cards due to his poor eyesight!

  • Abbott and Costello might have cancelled. They were also scheduled (possibly re-scheduled) to appear on next week's show.

  • Abbott and Costello were scheduled to appear on this episode but they are not mentioned on the transcript.

  • Corey and Cook (comedy team) and Eddie Peabody (banjo player) were scheduled to appear but are not mentioned on the transcript.

  • The animated film is probably Peter Folds' "A Short Vision." According to the John Halas & Roger Manvell book The Technique of Film Animation, the film "grew out of a brief poem accompanied by sketches on the subject of the ultimate extinction of life by a nuclear weapon."

Show More Notes

Trivia (25)

  • The winning team in Pop Warner's Piggy Bank Bowl football tournament many have also appeared on this show.

  • Ed introduces Frankie Lymon as "Frankie Robinson" twice! At the conclusion of the 2nd song Ed explains to Frankie and audience he must of been thinking of Sugar Ray Robinson.

  • When Frankie Lymon is performing "Goody Goody", just after the instrumental break, he messes up a verse before correcting it. The look on his face is priceless.

  • Ed Sullivan's introduction of Jimmie Rodger's performance of "The Long Hot Summer" overlaps with beginning of the song.

  • There appears to be a slight flub as Jackie Wilson sings a different ending to Lonely Teardrops which stops dead, whereas the backing chorus starts to continue on/fade out (while Wilson has already stopped/paused. It's as if Wilson was just singing over the recorded soundtrack from the record...Oops... On another episode rebroadcast tonight ,1/25/03, featuring the Beach Boys, Pearl Bailey appears to have a slip up in a similar vein. On 'I Believe' she keeps singing , even when there's an instrumental break, only to look away and appear to chuckle before cutting out while the break finishes...Oh, the days of live TV... But hardly noticeable in either case...

  • According to a newspaper column, Brenda Lee lip-synched her two numbers on this show. ("Ed Sullivan was back on his TV'er, but singer Brenda Lee had laryngitis and her two numbers were dubbed in." "Earl Wilson Says" column, November 16, 1961).

  • Maurice Chevalier was scheduled to perform a comedy routine on this show. But, according to¬†AP News columnist Cynthia Lowry, Chevalier's appearance was limited to walking on stage and saying "little more than hello."

  • You can see a good example of Beatle humor when, near the end of "This Boy," John jokingly mimics the melody with a falsetto voice, prompting a smile from Paul.

Show More Trivia

Allusions (2)

  • announcer: apparent "cure-all"
    Anacin apparently cures "depression"

  • George Fenneman: appetite enhancer
    According to the Lipton commercial, tea is considered an "appetite enhancer"(?)