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The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 22 Episode 9

November 23, 1969: The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Albert, Robert Klein

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 23, 1969 on CBS
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November 23, 1969: The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Albert, Robert Klein

--The Rolling Stones perform "Gimme Shelter," "Love in Vain" & "Honky Tonk Woman." (All three songs taped Nov. 18, 1969 in Los Angeles).
--Ella Fitzgerald - "You Better Love Me" & "Open Your Window."
--Ed Ames - "A Thing Called Love" & "I Believe."

--Robert Klein - talks about his school days.
--Topo Gigio (Italian mouse puppet) - Topo prepares for a football game.

Also appearing:
--Eddie Albert (actor) - recites Norman Corwin's "Prayer for the '70s," a speech to God about religion's hypocrisy & reality. (Eddie Albert also read this prayer on the April 6, 1969 episode.)
--Peter Gennero and two women dance to "Smiling Phases."
--Hawthorn Tigers (animal act) - tiger rides on horseback alone & with trainer.


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    Bern Bennett

    Bern Bennett

    Announcer (1948-1949)

    Ed Sullivan

    Ed Sullivan


    Ralph Paul

    Ralph Paul

    Announcer (1959-61, 1964-71)

    Art Hannes

    Art Hannes

    Announcer (1949-1964)

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      • FACT- I am Ron Schneider the person that was involved in the The Ed Sullivan Show, November 23, 1969 on behalf of the Rolling Stones. I have been waiting to see if this show would surface as I never signed the final agreement. The Show was filmed in Los Angeles. I was pissed at Ed and the Ed team after they jerked us around with "Let's Spend the Night Together."

        [Editor's note: For more on this appearance, please check out Ron Schneider's website:
        http://meandtherollingstones.com/blog/ed-sullivan ]

      • Several websites (mostly Rolling Stones databases) claim that the Stones' performance was taped at Studio 50 in New York City. But newspaper articles and listings from the time confirm Los Angeles as the correct taping site. These sources include the Nov. 23, 1969 Joyce Harber's Hollywood column ("The Rolling Stones refused to go to Ed Sullivan, so Sullivan came to them with his crew from Manhattan...") and The Long Beach (CA) Independent Press-Telegram TV listings ("The Stones were taped Tuesday in Hollywood, with studio guests including Ella Fitzgerald, Eddie Albert, Ed Ames...").

      • Jim Roup from Studio City, Calif. submitted the following:
        This show was taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. At the time The Stones were touring on the west coast and refused to go back east for the Sullivan show, so Ed came west. I know this because I was there in the studio for hours watching The Stones and Mr. Sullivan stumble through the three tunes. Mick sang live, and the band mimed to a playback. Bill Wyman was there in person playing, but as always looking bored. Due to Sullivan blowing his intros and The Stones with various and sundry costume changes it took hours. In fact it was nightime when I left and they still had not finished, very few were still in the audience. We teens were there for The Stones, and the older generation were there to see Sullivan. Little Richard was a guest in the audience, who freaked out the old folks with his colorful outfit when he arrived. Must say that Mick and The Stones were true professionals, on this their last time doing an Ed Sullivan guest shot.

      • The Rolling Stones were on tour in America for the first time since 1966. The tour would culminate with their disasterous show at Altamont raceway in California.

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