Gwen Verdon and her accompanying girls are all wearing raised sunglasses. Look closely at the girl on the left and you will see hers fall off in the middle of the performance.
While lip-synking 'No matter what sign you are', Diana Ross forgets the words. Probably all those sequin's confusing her!
While dancing a soft-shoe in top hat in tails, Miss Ross looses her footing and stumbles into Mary Wilson. Causing Mary to loose her place and mess up. All the while Cindy Birdsong looks on with a look of 'Why did I leave the blue-bells?'
Diana Ross decided to change her stage outfit for the premier of the lip-synched 'Love Child' (just to be different) while holding up the live broadcast of the show. "Diana Ross will be fired for this," jokes Ed.
Jack Benny, who was in the studio audience, was introduced by Ed.
myronjenkins, who submitted this info, also added the following comment: "I was in the audience for this episode, and saw Mr. Benny as he left in a limo with Mr. Sullivan. Cyril Ritchard was in attendance also (I know because I met him after the show), but I don't remember if he was introduced by Ed."
Topo Gigio was also featured, shown on film.
On this show CBS renamed Studio 50 as "The Ed Sullivan Theater" with NYC mayor John V. Lindsay officiating the unveiling of the theater's new marquee.
During the song "You Can't Hurry Love" Diana Ross loses her earring. If you watch closely, you can see her chuck it upstage as she begins the medley.
Ed introduces Jim Henson's Muppets as "Jim Newsome's puppets."
The Rolling Stones mime to their recording of "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow" - the feedback and other distinctive elements of the song would have been tough to reproduce on stage. The group's instruments are not heard, but Mick sings live even though his voice is already on the recording (so you hear him twice). Notice at the beginning of the song, it is hard to know exactly when to start singing because there is no real beat (just guitar feedback) - and Mick just jumps in to sing after he hears his voice on the recording.
'paxmaker' submitted the following:
My good friend Bill Jacques was the musical director of the Archdiocese of New York Choir that performed on this show. Bill, an accompolished pianist and songwiter, wrote the music for the musical comedy "When in Rome" in 1958 for the Applesauce Society of Holy Cross College in Worcester. This musical, directed by Tom Giles and lyricist Bill Cooney was widely praised in the Worcester Telegram as a great piece of musical theater for a college group and predicted great things for Jacques. The play was reprised at the 50th reunion of the class of 1959 in June, pieces of which can be viewed on the Holy Cross College alumni web site, performed by guys who had gone on to notable careers of their own. Jacques has had a major league music career and has a very nice CD of his lilting melodies produced while he was directing the music program at the renowned Christian's Restaurant on Cape Cod. It is called "Side by Side" along with Bruce Abbott on the reeds. If you are interested in purchasing a copy (if they are still available), contact Bill at email@example.com Oh by the way, I am an original cast member of When in Rome, going by the moniker of Portfirio Coolus.
During the middle of Petula Clark's "A Sign of the Times", the Male dancer in red looses his hat.
During "Satisfaction," notice that during the break in which nothing is supposed to be playing except the drums (after "No, no, no" and during "Hey, hey, hey / That's what I say") Brian Jones stops playing guitar a measure late, and then comes back in a measure late.
Notice throughout the song, "I Feel Fine" (except at the very end), John is botching the lyrics
During "Help!" notice that John Lennon completely forgets the words to the second verse and starts singing the first verse again. This clashes with the backing vocals which John's lyrics are supposed to echo. (Notice Paul is smiling.) He eventually gets back on track.
The infamous "finger" episode. Jackie Mason ends his routine with a hand gesture that Ed interprets as obscene. Mason gets blackballed from television as a result.
At the beginning of "Wendy," Carl Wilson (Beach Boys' lead guitarist) hits a blatant wrong note on the opening guitar line. He immediately goes for the lower, correct note and hits it. This is extremely easy to see as the camera is close-up on his guitar. (Compare with the recording if you have it).
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.
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."
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).