Ed Sullivan and the Gateway to America - BBC Radio Documentary - cheops
Joan Rivers marks the 60th anniversary of the first-ever Ed Sullivan Show.
Ed Sullivan began his career with a newspaper column and radio show. He moved on to hosting CBS' Toast of the Town in 1948, and made it so popular that it was re-named after him.
The show introduced rock 'n' roll to the baby boomers, and became a vital gateway for British acts intent on breaking America.
Elvis Presley's appearance in September 1956 became notorious for his performance of Hound Dog, but also commanded the largest single audience in television history at 60 million viewers.
Likewise, the Beatles' debut in February 1964 effectively kick-started the British invasion and confirmed the group as a global phenomenon.
Sullivan's unprecedented success came at a time when it was possible for television to unite an audience. With the advent of the Vietnam War the show's ratings suffered, steadily declining until the final show in June 1971.
With contributions from colleagues, performers and critics, Joan will explore how television first captured a mass audience and made superstars of its guests.
One episode of approximately one hour.
First broadcast on 8th July 2008 on BBC Radio 2.
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