The Ed Sullivan Show, America’s Hour

Ed Sullivan and Topo Gigio

People tuned into the Ed Sullivan show to watch Elvis and the Rolling Stones, Maria Callas and the Beatles, but also for his less famous acts—acrobats, plate spinners, prizefighters, a rubber mouse puppet, tap dancers and musicians, and ventriloquists galore.

In this Weekend Edition interview from NPR, Gerald Nachman, author of Right Here on Our Stage Tonight! talks with Scott Simon about how Sullivan’s mouse friend Topo Gigio helped endear the awkward host to his most vicious critics, and the Sullivan favorites that turned the show from a stage for the famous to a reflection of America, and then changed popular culture forever.

Listen to Gerald Nachman on NPR’s Weekend Edition

One thought on “The Ed Sullivan Show, America’s Hour

  1. The Ed Sullivan show was my only view out into the big world of entertainment and almost entertainment as a kid. I just loved watching it and hoping for that act that I could not believe exsisted.
    Thanks for reminding me of Ed Sullivan with this article. Those were golden TV years to me.

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