From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, the greatest music talent in the world was seen by millions of viewers of all ages each Sunday night on The Ed Sullivan Show. Now, “My Music” presents a special of classic song performances spanning the years 1963-1968 on ED SULLIVAN – THE SIXTIES.
From The Beatles’ American television debut in 1964 to The Doors’ infamous one-time only appearance, The Ed Sullivan Show served up an unparalleled roster of timeless artists. ED SULLIVAN – THE SIXTIES focuses exclusively on full-length music performances – no plate spinners or dancing elephants – that evoke the spirit of that decade’s youth movement, including its connection to San Francisco and the summer of love and peace.
The Beatles’ kick things off with their million-selling #1 chart debut “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” followed by another John-Paul-George-Ringo smash, “She Loves You.” Other British Invasion icons featured are The Rolling Stones (“I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Gerry & The Pacemakers (“Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”), The Animals (“We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”), Herman’s Hermits (“Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”) and Petula Clark with her Grammy-winning evergreen “Downtown.”
More vocal group greats singing top hits of the decade include The Beach Boys with a pair of their gold records, “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations,” and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons with their chart-topper “Big Girls Don’t Cry” from 1962. The Mamas & The Papas, who bridged the generation gap with their soaring harmonies, are remembered with their unforgettable anthem “California Dreamin’” and its follow-up “Monday, Monday.”
A joyful batch of “groovy sounds” include such beloved ensembles as The Turtles (“Happy Together”), The Young Rascals (“Groovin’,”Good Lovin’”) and The Supremes (“You Can’t Hurry Love”), all number-one favorites still played on the radio.
The 60s were also a time of psychedelic sounds, immortalized by Jim Morrison and The Doors with their 1967 masterpiece “Light My Fire.” “Crimson & Clover” by Tommy James is another era-defining hit while Sly & The Family Stone sing their ground-breaking hits “Everyday People” and “Dance To The Music,” bringing racial equality to rock music.
ED SULLIVAN – THE SIXTIES offers the chance to revisit the most exciting and explosive era of musical change with a variety of sounds that remain hugely popular today.