The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 20 Episode 2

September 17, 1967: The Doors, Yul Brynner, Flip Wilson

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 1967 on CBS
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September 17, 1967: The Doors, Yul Brynner, Flip Wilson
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Music:
--The Doors - "People are Strange" & "Light My Fire."
--Yul Brynner (actor, with singer-guitarist Alesha Dimitrievich) - medley of Gypsy songs ("Two Guitars," "Sokolov's Guitar" and "Okonichen").
--The Kessler Twins (Alice & Ellen Kessler) - medley of Maurice Chevalier songs: "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" and "Louise."
--Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme - "Darn it Baby, That's Love" and "Come Back to Me."
--Eydie Gorme - "If He Walked Into My Life" (from "Mame").
--Steve Lawrence - "Did I Ever Really Live?" (song written by comedian Allan Sherman).
--Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme - Cole Porter medley: "Anything Goes," "Love For Sale," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "You Do Something To Me," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "Getting To Know You," "Happy Talk" and "I've Got You Under My Skin."
(According to a newspaper listing for the 07-Jul-1968 repeat, Steve and Eydie also performed "This Could Be the Start of Something" and a medley of Richard Rodgers' songs: "Where or When," "Getting to Know You" and "It's a Grand Night for Singing.")
Comedy:
--Flip Wilson (stand-up routine)
--Rodney Dangerfield (stand-up routine)
Also appearing:
--The Skating Bredos (from Sweden) - man & woman speed skate in a 6 ft. circle.

CBS repeated this show on July 7, 1968.

The 30-minute Best of Sullivan version of this episode includes Jack Benny (from April 30, 1967), Richiardi (magician, from Oct. 1, 1967), and Robert Goulet ("Mame," from June 5, 1966).

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  • When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Unless you're Jim Morrison.

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    The Doors were an upstart music group in the 1960s when they recorded "Light My Fire", an excellent song to be sure (great intro!). Like most popular musicians of the era, they appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show". That was the surest way to exposure. Elvis and The Beatles sealed their stardom on his show. The Rolling Stones, the 60s Bad Boys of Rock and Roll, made several appearances, and did what they were told. Their hit song "Let's Spend The Night Together" had a title that Sullivan found unfit for television, so he told them to substitute a different line for the title, and they dutifully obeyed, singing "Let's Spend Some Time Together". When Doors lead singer Jim Morrison appeared on the show to sing "Light My Fire", he was told the line that goes "Girl, we couldn't get much higher", was too suggestive, and to substitute something else, perhaps change the word "higher" to "better". It isn't known what Morrison's immediate reaction was, but when it came time, he disregarded Sullivan's demand, and sang the song as is. Some might regard Sullivan's demands as "censorship", but that's wrong. It was his show, and he had a right to determine whether the content was in keeping with FCC rules. Even the Stones accepted that. But Morrison apparently wanted to show what a big man he was by standing up to the great Ed Sullivan. Nobody tells Big Jim Morrison what to do.



    It should be remembered that there were other guests on that night, such as Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Yul Brynner, Flip Wilson, Rodney Dangerfield, Maurice Chevalier, and others, but it was the Doors first and last appearance on the show that makes this episode memorable.moreless
Bern Bennett

Bern Bennett

Announcer (1948-1949)

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

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Ralph Paul

Ralph Paul

Announcer (1959-61, 1964-71)

Art Hannes

Art Hannes

Announcer (1949-1964)

The Skating Bredos

The Skating Bredos

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The Doors

The Doors

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Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner

Himself

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The Kessler Twins

The Kessler Twins

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Flip Wilson

Flip Wilson

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Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

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