For twenty-three years, from 1948 to 1971, The Ed Sullivan Show was America's premiere variety show, airing live every Sunday night. Sullivan used the one-hour program to bring stars of the entertainment world into living rooms across the nation, turning acts such as the Beatles and Elvis Presley into household names. But Sullivan certainly didn't limit his show to rock musicians. The performers featured on The Ed Sullivan Show were an eclectic array of talent that included everything from opera singers to dancing bears, high-wire walkers to classical violinists.
This book is an inside view of The Ed Sullivan Show and the unusual story of one of the most unlikely television stars who played host to such diverse talents as Van Cliburn, Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Goulet, Richard Pryor, and the Rolling Stones. With his distinctive nasal voice, Sullivan regularly promised audiences a "really big show" and delivered by offering up virtually every form of twentieth-century entertainment.
Bernie Ilson, one the most famous publicists in the field of public relations, and the press representative for the final eight years of The Ed Sullivan Show, gives the reader a unique inside view of the amazing newspaperman and television host, Ed Sullivan, who anticipated the interest of 35 million viewers each Sunday and presented them with the greatest talent in show business, week after week, for almost a quarter of a century. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
I ordered this book for my 88 year-old mother who spent every Sunday for YEARS watching "The Ed Sullivan Show".
I was hoping that this book would provide me with more information and understanding of the show itself and its somewhat enigmatic host.
Poorly written and seemingly almost unedited, "Sundays" presents perhaps 80 pages of reading in 180 pages of book.
An excellent look back at one of the best television shows of all time. Many people have forgotten how popular and influential The Ed Sullivan Show was.Published 27 days ago by Marc leichter
How can you believe any TV history book that's first sentence of the first chapter is, "Ed Sullivan was the most powerful man in television." Seriously? Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Mediaman
Sundays with Sullivan (subtitled "How the Ed Sullivan Show brought Elvis, the Beatles and Culture to America") was written by a publicist who handled press relations for the Ed... Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by laytonwoman3rd
Its here. I'm looking forward to reading it. It arrived in excellent condition.
A UNIQUE AND PENETRATING PORTRAIT:
Two of the previous reviewers are very unfair to Bernie Ilson's superb book
about Ed Sullivan, "Sundays With Sullivan. Read more
This is light fluff compared to "Impresario".
Written by Sullivan's press agent, "Sundays" has the same depth of a press release - short, with little depth. Read more