The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 11 Episode 50

August 30, 1959: US Army Talent Show

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 30, 1959 on CBS
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August 30, 1959: US Army Talent Show
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The Annual Army Talent Show

Civilian talent (scheduled guests):
--Henny Youngman (comedian)
--Rickie Layne (ventriloquist with dummy Velvel)
--Modern Jazz Dancers (from Italy) - "Zabandara."

Army talent (scheduled to appear):
--Steve Lawrence (singer, serving in the Army at the time) - "Day In, Day Out."
--Peter Duchin (pianist, son of orchestra leader Eddie Duchin) - "To Love Again" and "Summertime."
--Alan Cohn (singer) - "Nessun Dorma."
--Boyd Dounveor (tenor) - sings "Danny Boy."
--The Fort Sheridan Chamber Quintet including Alan Marlowe of Encino (instrumental group) .
--The Jamaicans (vocal group from Ft. Meade, Md) - "Jamaica Farewell."
--Jack Larson (impressionist) - "Catch a Falling Star," "King Creole" and "Hound Dog."
--Eugene Misirowski (dancer) - "Lover."
--John Park (singer) - "Flamingo."
--Darrell Porter (singer) - "Lonesome Road."
--The Second Army Band and Chorus - "This Is It," "Caught in the Act" and "Army Goes Rolling Along."
--The Troubadours (instrumental group) - "Drunken Soldier."

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  • One Sunday Afternoon in NYC

    9.5
    I was a member of the 2nd Army Major Command Chorus in 1959-'60, Right after returning from furlough, we were informed that the Chorus had been chosen to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show and naturally, we were super excited. We were housed in a fine hotel in NYC for a full week of rehearsals. I met Steve Lawrence and Peter nice guys. I remember Jack Larson as we both appeared in a military Army Goes Rolling On that Sunday, my mom had everyone in my home-town of Danville, Ky. (pop. 8,000) watching. At the end of the show, I remember Ed Sullivan was standing next to me and whispered, "Son, don't move until the red light at the bottom of the camera goes It's a Sunday I shall remember for the rest of my life. I was 23 at the time, and next week I will celebrate my 78th birthday.moreless
  • I was an Iowa Farmers Son and as a young teenager I dreamed of doing the Ed Sullivan Show. Now how does an Iowa farm boy get to New York and the Ed Sullivan Show. The Old joke is "practice" Well I did that and at 17 I found a way...I joined The Armymoreless

    10
    At rehearsal, Ray Block and his orchestra struck up my music and I didn't recognize it right away.I was used to Piano, Base, and drums behind me. Wow! I realized at that moment that it's a lot easier to sing with a 50 piece orchestra. Steve Lawrence was just an Army buddy then, and he already had that incredible voice. He did a great job that Sunday in August, as did all the performers. They were all top flight or they wouldn't have been there. I certainly was happy to be among them. I did my impressions under My given name, Jack Larson. I'm still in the Biz under the name of Larrs Jackson. The Jack Larson who played Jimmy Olson, the cub reporter on the superman TV series, joined SAG before I did so I had to change my name. I didn't mean to write my life story here. I just wanted to say. "What a great Memory"moreless
  • The Army performers were mainly fill in for the "Name" performers.

    3.7
    I was a puppeteer in the Army talent contest and was informed that I would have been used on the show if a civilian ventriloquist had not perviously been booked. We rehearsed all week without Mr. Sullivan. He came in for dress rehearsal and gave extra time to a female gyposy dancer cutting most of the Anry performers times. We never got to rehearse the new times. It made for a rather disjointed show. I could not watch his shows after that without wondering who he had treated badly.moreless
Bern Bennett

Bern Bennett

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Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

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Ralph Paul

Ralph Paul

Announcer (1959-61, 1964-71)

Art Hannes

Art Hannes

Announcer (1949-1964)

John Park

John Park

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Peter Duchin

Peter Duchin

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Alan Cohn

Alan Cohn

scheduled guest

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Rickie Layne

Rickie Layne

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Henny Youngman

Henny Youngman

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    • Ralph Bowerman posted the following:
      In Episode 581, when we arrived in NY they assigned us hotels to stay at during rehearsals. It was a big thrill for me as a new arrival from Canada, and suddenly touring with the All-Army Show. It was enough have been featured at the All-Army Show, and although we were not the winners, we showed a respectible example of Army musical talents. But in the Ed Sullivan Show, we were part of the Second Army Chorus, and stood on stage to sing for America. My mother was very proud to see my shining face on the small screen from the big apple. Walking the streets of New York was an experience in itself, and then meeting the fine people working behind the scenes of the show, and talking to the performers from all over the world was wonderful. We were quite impressed with the professionals playing in the pit band, and the speed in which the stage workers set up everything. (It was also nice to meet so many lovely ladies there). All in all it was a marvelous experience and a terrific memory for this old man to relive in your fine website. Thanx! Ralph Bowerman

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