The Ed Sullivan Show

Season 8 Episode 51

September 9, 1956: Elvis Presley (1st appearance), Charles Laughton (guest host), Dorothy Sarnoff

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 09, 1956 on CBS
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September 9, 1956: Elvis Presley (1st appearance), Charles Laughton (guest host), Dorothy Sarnoff
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--Charles Laughton (guest host) - reads limericks, poems & does stand-up comedy routine titled "Little Girl And Wolf" (about the sadistic side of Little Red Riding Hood).
Music:
--Elvis Presley (in a remote from Hollywood) - "Don't be Cruel" and "Love Me Tender" (both songs with backing vocals by The Jordanaires).
--Elvis Presley (later in show, from Hollywood) - "Ready Teddy" and "Hound Dog."
--Dorothy Sarnoff sings "Something Wonderful" (in a scene from the "King And I").
--Amru Sani (female singer from India wearing traditional Indian clothes) - "I'm In The Mood For Love" and "My Bolero."
Comedy:
--The Vagabonds (novelty quartet) - "The Queens Ruler," "I Wonder" & "How You Gonna Keep Em' Down on the Farm," followed by comedy routine.
Also appearing:
--Conn and Mann (duo tap dances to "Tea For Two")
--The Amin Brothers (acrobats)

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  • Biggest Trendex rating and audience up to that time (43.7 and60 million ) and largest share ever (82.6)

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    A week after it was announced by TRENDEX, the precursor of Nielsen, that the then 21 year old Elvis Presley had on that 9 September, 1956 night helped Sullivan and the CBS network garner the biggest rating and audience up to that time (43.7 and 60 million, respectively ) as well as the largest share (82.6, a record which stands to this day and shall never be broken, given the large number of regular and cable networks ), the price of television ads for the coveted Sunday prime time slot (8-9pm) jumped exponentially to about US$250,000 a minute. This was truly an historic night, and not just for Presley, or for rock music in general but for television as a whole including the sponsorship of programs.moreless
Bern Bennett

Bern Bennett

Announcer (1948-1949)

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

Host

Ralph Paul

Ralph Paul

Announcer (1959-61, 1964-71)

Art Hannes

Art Hannes

Announcer (1949-1964)

Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton

Himself, guest host

Guest Star

Dorothy Sarnoff

Dorothy Sarnoff

Herself

Guest Star

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Himself

Recurring Role

Amru Sani

Amru Sani

Herself

Recurring Role

The Vagabonds

The Vagabonds

Themselves

Recurring Role

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    • Mr. Charles Laughton is holding a new musical artifact called a "Gold" Record and made up to 1 Million Copies (1,000,000) for the 1st time and it wasn't start to present the award up to 1958. In 1976, The "Platinum" Record is introduced and made up to 2 Million Copies (2,000,000). In 1984, The "Multi-Platinum" Record is introduced and made up to 4 Million Copies or Greater than that (4,000,000+) and in 1989, Musical Artifact of the RIAA cuts the number in half... Gold=500,000, Platinum=1,000,000 and Multi-Platinum=2,000,000+.

    • Ed Sullivan missed this broadcast as he was still recuperating from his serious auto accident.

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