Stream Ed Sullivan

(Above source: UMe press release)

The Ed Sullivan Show, which aired on CBS from 1948 to 1971 (24 seasons, 1,070 episodes), has been something of a streaming scarcity. Until now, you’ve been able to watch clips and a handful of episodes for free on such sites as Vimeo and DailyMotion.

Perhaps the biggest online archive has been on The Ed Sullivan Show’s YouTube channel, which has been around since 2009. But on June 12, SOFA Entertainment, owner of the show’s catalog, through an agreement with Universal Music Enterprises, started rolling out more segments and says it plans to keep adding clips on a daily basis – all of which you can stream for free.

Recently added clips include The Beach Boys singing “Good Vibrations” (October 13, 1968)…

…and The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” (September 25, 1966):

The Ed Sullivan Show was legendary for showcasing to American audiences such music artists as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, The Band and Itzhak Perlman.

The Beatles on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
(Above source: Wikimedia Commons)

The variety show also featured appearances by fledgling stand-ups (Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield), sports heroes (Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Wilt Chamberlain), and luminaries of the television and film world. Sullivan was also famous for promoting novelty acts, including plate-spinning Erich Brenn and The Baronton Sisters:

Sullivan also had a fondness for puppets, including frequent sidekick Topo Gigio:

There is no word when more complete episodes might become available – online or offline.

SOFA Entertainment does sell several Sullivan compilations on DVD, which you can also purchase from Amazon. And The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show, a half-hour show, airs over-the-air on Decades, weekdays at 7 am, 7:30 am, 6 pm and 6:30 pm ET.

For more, visit The Ed Sullivan Show on YouTube.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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