What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 24

EPISODE #699

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 09, 1964 on CBS

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    • OTHER ED SULLIVAN GUESTS THAT FATEFUL NIGHT!!! Even though everyone remembered the appearance of the Fab Four, there were other guests on the Sullivan show that same night. Charlie Brill and his wife Mitzi McCall were a budding improvisational comedy team in the style of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. They were on the verge of breaking into the big time when they had the misfortune of being booked on Sullivan the same night the Beatles made their debut. Needless to say, their act went over like a lead balloon due to the fact that their comedy was geared more towards adults rather than the teenagers that packed the theater that night. As a result, they blamed the Beatles for their careers not taking off the way they had hoped. However, they still would go on to have some success and would be fixtures on television and even appeared on several game shows as panelists. Also, another young guest on that show would gain success just two and a half years later. Performing that same night were two members of the cast of the classic Broadway musical "Oliver." One was Georgia Brown who played the role of "Nancy." Joining her on stage that night was a young man by the name of David Jones. Of course, David would be better known as Davy Jones and would later be one of four young unknowns to be cast in the 1966-1968 Beatles inspired sitcom, "The Monkees." In fact, the Monkees were nicknamed the Pre-Fab Four (Prefab - as in prefabricated) because they were a manufactured group inspired by the original Fab Four. - Sargebri

      Indeed, it was because of the Monkee Davy Jones that another budding young British singer born as David Jones would change his name to David Bowie. - W-B

      Another person who shared billing with The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" that 1964 evening was Frank Gorshin. - Suzanne

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