DVD: The Rolling Stones on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

(SOFA Entertainment, 2011):

Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They played “Time Is On my Side” and a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around.”

The Stones appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” six times between 1964-1969, and it’s marvelous to see the growth of the band over the course of those five short years.

On Tuesday, November 1, the deluxe version of “The Ed Sullivan Show Starring the Rolling
Stones” will be released in a 2-DVD set, featuring all six of the Stones’ appearances. And not just the Stones, either, but rather six full episodes, so you get to see the Stones in context to the popular culture spinning around them.

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For example, on that first Stones appearance back on October 25, 1964, the audience, both in the theater and at home watching on television, soaked up quite a wide variety of entertainment – comedians London Lee, Stiller & Meara and Phyllis Diller; an acrobatic act; classical violinist Itzhak Perlman; one-legged dancer Peg Leg Bates; actor Laurence Harvey offering a dramatic reading of the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”; and the Kim Sisters (three petite Korean siblings in matching sequined dresses playing bagpipes).

The Rolling Stones on the Ed Sullivan Show DVD Cover

Other episodes feature performances by Louis Armstrong, Joan Rivers, Topo Gigio, Petula Clark, Rodney Dangerfield, the Muppets, Robert Goulet, a team of clog dancers, Flip Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Skelton, Hal Halbrook, Senior Wences, Leslie Uggams, Tom Jones, Totie Fields, Dusty Springfield, a choir of singing nuns, Robert Klein and others.

And, yes, as presented on these DVDs, you get to watch the entire “Ed Sullivan Show,” including the national commercials for such products as Sweet-10 Non-Calorie Sugar Substitute, Aero Shave Cream, Panshakes, Geritol, Lux Liquid Dishwashing Detergent, Aero Wax Self-Polishing Floor Wax, Hai Karate After Shave, Vivarin Stimulant Tablets, Pro-Slim Wafers, Pacquin Cold Cream, Infra-Rub, Sleep-Eze and lots of others.

“The Ed Sullivan Show Starring the Rolling Stones” was released earlier this month featuring four of the Stones’ “Ed Sullivan” episodes – the band’s final four appearances. But the deluxe edition of the DVD set (slated for release on Tuesday, November 1) features all six episodes – including the first two episodes, which are in black and white.

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