How Well Do You Remember "The Ed Sullivan Show"?


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Many young and talented artists made their television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Take this quiz to see how well you remember this show and its famous acts!

"The Ed Sullivan" Show premiered on June 20, _______.

Ed Sullivan was not only the host, but he was also the executive producer of the show. Other producers included Marlo Lewis, Bob Precht, Chester Feldman and Jack McGeehan.


Whose performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" yielded the highest rating in television history as of 2015?

Elvis' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" yielded an 82.6 percentage share. There were more than 60 million viewers.


On which television network did "The Ed Sullivan Show" air?

Each episode of "The Ed Sullivan Show" had a running time between 50 - 53 minutes.


On which day of the week did "The Ed Sullivan Show" air?

The show ran every Sunday night from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m., except for its first season in which it ran from 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Eastern Time.


For how many seasons did "The Ed Sullivan Show" run?

"The Ed Sullivan Show" ran for 24 seasons, a total of 1,068 episodes. It ended on June 6, 1971.


What was the name of Ed Sullivan's puppet sidekick?

Topo Gigio was the lead character of a children's puppet show on Italian, Spanish and Brazilian television in the early 1960s. It translated to Louie Mouse.


In which U.S. city was "The Ed Sullivan Show" filmed?

The show was filmed in the Ed Sullivan Theater - also known as CBS Studio 50, located at 1697 Broadway.


What was the original title of "The Ed Sullivan Show"?

Despite being titled "Toast of the Town," it was widely referred to as "The Ed Sullivan Show." After seven years as "Toast of the Town," the name was officially changed to "The Ed Sullivan Show" on September 25, 1955.


Ed Sullivan wanted this band to change their famous song title to "Let's Spend Some Time Together"... and they complied.

Changing the title of the Rolling Stones' hit single, "Let's Spend the Night Together," was yet another example of Ed Sullivan's deep intention to keep his show 'clean' for family viewing.


The show's debut episode on June 20, 1948 featured performances by Dean Martin and ______________.

Jerry Lewis was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926. He has seven children.


What was the theme song for "The Ed Sullivan Show"?

"The Ed Sullivan Show" was TV's longest running variety show.


It is often speculated that performances by this famous musician were filmed only from the waist up to censor his gyrating moves!

Elvis Presley first appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on September 9, 1956. Ed Sullivan never really wanted him on the show, but gave in to help boost ratings.


Which act appeared the most number of times on "The Ed Sullivan Show"?

Canadian comedy duo Wayne & Shuster appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" a record 67 times.


Which song did The Beatles perform the most on "The Ed Sullivan Show"?

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" was performed three out of the four times The Beatles appeared on the show.


American jazz singer and "First Lady of Song," _______, appeared frequently on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917. She passed away on June 15, 1996 from diabetes mellitus.


______ Davis Jr. sang "S' Wonderful" duet with Ella Fitzgerald on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Samuel George Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925 in New York City. He died from throat cancer in 1990 at the age of 64.


Israeli-American violinist Itzhak ______ got his first exposure on The "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1958 at the age of 13.

Itzhak Perlman gave a breakthrough performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." His performance promoted classical music and he has remained one of the most famous violinists for decades.


Ed Sullivan did not understand how Elvis could simply move his ______ and the audience would scream with excitement.

Sullivan was quoted, "I can’t figure this darn thing out. You know. He just does this [Ed shakes his legs] and everybody yells!"


After seeing fans react to this rock group at Heathrow Airport, Ed Sullivan knew he needed to get them on his show...

The Beatles consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. They were from Liverpool, England.


_________ was the first song performed by The Beatles on their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

The Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was on February 9, 1964. They began with "All My Loving" and ended with "I Want To Hold your Hand."


The Beatles' manager suggested they appear _____ consecutive weeks in a row instead of a single appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

The Beatles accepted less money for three shows as long as they received top billing and two spots on each show - during the opening and the closing.


Bill Haley & His ______ were the first rock & roll performers on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Bill Haley & His Comets consisted of Bill Haley, Joey D'Ambrosio, and Dick Richards.


What was the famous song and then-hit performed by Bill Haley & His Comets on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in August 1955?

The performance of "Rock Around the Clock" was recognized as the first rock and roll performance shown on a national television program.


"Hymn for a Sunday Evening" was performed by Ed Sullivan himself in which famous musical film?

Ed Sullivan appeared as himself in this film. It was released on April 4, 1963.


Which act was banned from "The Ed Sullivan Show"?

The Doors appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1967. Before heading on stage, they were asked to change the lyrics of "Light My Fire"​ to a family-friendly version. They did not and Ed Sullivan banned them from ever returning to his show.


Who hosted the episode that featured Elvis Presley's first performance?

Charles Laughton guest-hosted while Sullivan was recovering from a near-fatal car accident.


Who reportedly gave Ed Sullivan "the finger" during his performance on October 18, 1964?

Ed Sullivan was trying to signal Mason that he had two minutes left, but Mason supposedly didn't take too kindly to that information.


What was the total number of appearances The Beatles made, specifically in 1964, on "The Ed Sullivan Show"?

After their contract for three consecutive weeks, The Beatles appeared again in May of 1964 to help promote their new movie.


What was the name of the movie The Beatles promoted on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in May 1964?

"A Hard Day's Night" was a British musical film which starred The Beatles and Wilfrid Brambell. It was released on July 6, 1964.


Ed Sullivan wanted this band to substitute their hit "Oh, Boy!" for a more audience-appropriate song...

On January 26, 1956, Buddy Holly and the Crickets returned to "The Ed Sullivan Show" for their second appearance.


Bo ________ appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1955, leaving Sullivan less than happy.

Bo Diddley "crossed" Sullivan, according to Sullivan, by singing two songs - "Sixteen Tons," and his self-titled hit, "Bo Diddley." Sullivan had only wanted him to perform "Sixteen Tons."


This famous musician was slated to make his first national TV appearance but his song, "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues," was not approved by Sullivan, so he left.

Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.


Of their three appearances, The Beatles once performed via live telecast from their hotel in this U.S. city.

On February 16, 1964, the Beatles had a performance during the daytime at a Miami hotel. Later that night, they were live broadcast on "The Ed Sullivan Show."


In total, how many appearances did The Beatles make on "The Ed Sullivan Show" during its 24 seasons?

The Beatles performed four times in 1964, once in 1965, 1966 and 1970, and twice in 1967.


Of their nine appearances, how many times did The Beatles perform LIVE at The Ed Sullivan theater?

The only live performance at The Ed Sullivan Theater was on February 9, 1964 - their very first appearance.


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