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Season 12 (CBS)(1959-60)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Tom Alger
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"The Ed Sullivan Show"
Season 12 (1959-60)
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CBS Sundays 8:00-9:00pm Eastern
12.01  The Ed Sullivan Show: Louis Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney, Alan King
Special 90-minute episode (live from New York & Chicago with a taped
sequence from Las Vegas).
--Louis Armstrong (jazz musician with his band) - "When the Saints
Go Marching In," "Sleepy Time Down South," "Back Home in Indiana"
and "Now You Has Jazz"
--Rosemary Clooney (singer)
--Eileen Farrell (opera singer) - "S Wonderful" (with Armstrong &
--Alan King (comedian)
--Wayne and Shuster (comedy team) - perform a Shakespeare Baseball
--The Kim Sisters (vocal-instrumental trio from Korea)
--Ford and Hines (comedy team)
--The Joe Slack Trio (comedy teams)
--The Great GogiaPasha (magician from India)
--Chicago White Sox baseball stars Luis Aparico, Nelson Fox, Jim
Landis, Sherman Lollar, Bob Shaw and Early Wynn.
12.02  The Ed Sullivan Show: "Invitation to Moscow"
"Invitation to Moscow" - Special 90-minute episode taped in and around Moscow.
--Marge and Gower Champion (dancers)
--Rise Stevens (mezzo-soprano opera singer) - "Getting to Know You"
--The Barry Sisters (vocal group) - "Dark Eyes"
--Charles K. L. Davis (Hawaiian tenor) - "He Ono"
--Margaret Tynes (gospel singer) - "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" & "Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child"
--Dick Contino (accordion player) - "Hucklebuck"
--Eddy Manson (harmonica player) - Stephen Foster medley
--Conrad Buckner (tap dancer)
--Nora Kaye and Scott Douglas (ballet dancers)
--Marvin Roy (magician)
--John and Bonnie Shirley (a baloon act)
--Hubert Castle (tight-wire aerialist)
--Eric Brenn (plate spinner)
--The Red Army Dance Ensemble
--The Obratsov Puppets
--A trained bear from the Moscow State Circus
Note: "Invitation to Moscow" was repeated on 18-Sep-60 & 05-Aug-62. (Both repeats were edited, 60-minute versions.)
12.03  The Ed Sullivan Show: Eartha Kitt, Danny Thomas, Julius LaRosa, Jane Morgan, Joe E. Lewis
--Jane Morgan, Julius LaRosa and Eartha Kitt perform an "Ode to Autumn" medley
("September in the Rain," "Autumn Leaves" and "September Song").
--Eartha Kitt sings "Torah Dance (Ki M'Tzion)"and "In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down."
--Jane Morgan - "I'm in Love (reciation) and "C'est La Vie."
--Julius LaRosa sings "A Fine Romance" and "The Way You Look Tonight."
--Danny Thomas (comedian, remote from Chicago) - stand-up comedy routine includes jokes about maids, bellboys,
Lebanese jokes (being of Lebanese decent), and Dean Martin. Thomas sings "The Glory of Love."
--Joe E. Lewis (comedian) - tells jokes about gambling, money, insurance policies, Ike, Senator Kennedy, Vice-president Nixon, etc.
--Bernie Berns - does a spoof of opera.
--The Marquis Chimps (trained animal act) - chimp dressed up as Ed. Chimps on bicycles, unicycles & small motorbike.
--Harvest Moon dancers - winners from different categories (waltz, rock 'n' roll, tango, polka)
--The Trio Rayros (acrobats from Europe) - use luggage as props.
--Audience bow: Gordon Coleman
12.04  The Ed Sullivan Show: Mario Lanza (on film), Ethel Merman, Larry Blyden
--Ethel Merman - I'm Glad There Is You" (from "Gypsy") & "There'll
Be Some Changes Made"
--On film: Ed Sullivan interviews Mario Lanza
--Shiela MacRea sings "Plaza-0 Double 4 Double 3" (from "Bells Are
--Gordon MacRea - "I Met A Girl"
--Shiela & Gordon MacRea - "Just In Time" (from "Bells Are Ringing")
and the couple do some celebrity impersonations.
--Larry Blyden - appears in scene from the live TV drama "What Makes
Sammy Run?" and, later in show, sings "Carolina in The Morning"
(from "The Flower Drum Song")
--Shelly Berman (stand-up comedian)
--Margi Lee (ice skating routine)
--Les Marrottes (French puppet act with snail & worm)
--The Lucky Latinos (comedy dance acrobatics)
--Antone & Curtis (comedy: Ed Sullivan impersonation; drunken
airline pilot sketch; they sing "Whole World In His Hands")
--Audience bows: Gil Hodges & Carl Furillo; Rise Stevens; Ted
Kluszewski (on-stage audience bow)
12.05  The Ed Sullivan Show: Harry Belafonte (on film); The Ames Brothers; Harlem Globetrotters; Wilt Chamberlain
Harry Belafonte segment (on film): Harry Belafonte sings "Jamaica Farewell," and is interviewed by Ed Sullivan on a movie set.
Ames Brothers segments:
--The Ames Brothers - medley: (unknown song), "Rag Mop," "Melody D'amour," "You, You," "Sentimental Me,"
"It Only Hurts For A Little While" & "Naughty Lady From Shady Lane."
--Joe Ames - "Toreador."
--Vic & Gene Ames - "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" (sung in Vaudeville .
--Ed Ames - "You & Night Music."
--The Ames Brothers - "Take Me Along."
--Jean Carrol (stand-up comedienne) - tells jokes about her husband, family life.
--The Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Ames Brothers in a basketball game. Wilt Chamberlain also participates.
Duke Snyder is the referee.
--The Conyots or Konyats (comedy dance team)
--Gretchen Wyler (musical-comedy performer) - "Toreo" (mock bullfight scene).
--Chaim Fershko (Israeli concert pianist, playing with one arm) - Tchaikovsky's Piano Player.
--Brascia & Tybee (dancers, doing a modern ballet Pas De Deux)
--Audience bows: Marshall Cassidy, Arthur Macy, Bill Russel
--On stage bow: Duke Snyder (baseball great)
12.06  The Ed Sullivan Show: scheduled: Della Reese; Wayne & Shuster; Betty Johnson
--Della Reese (singer)
--Wayne and Shuster (comedy duo) - present a "British Western"
--Professor Backwards (comedian Jimmy Edmonson)
--Betty Johnson (singer)
--Corbett Monica (comedian)
--Latona Graham and Chadel (European knockabout act/comic acrobats)
--The Phil Jones Group (16 youthful dancers)
12.07  The Ed Sullivan Show: Paul Anka, The Step Brothers, The Castle Sisters, Ford & Hines
Guests (verified, appearing on 30-minute PBS repeat):
--Paul Anka sings "Put Your Head on My Shoulder."
--The Step Brothers (dance team, tap dancers) - do a "challenge dance"
--The Castle Sisters (vocal trio) - "Tan Shoes with Pink Shoelaces"
--Dickie Henderson (English comedian) - plays a typical "Wyatt Earp" villain & sings "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"
while fighting with the microphone cord.
--The Trio Barantons (Barrantons?) (foot jugglers, act from France) - woman foot juggles basketballs with feet,
then three people juggle tables with feet.
Additional guests (scheduled to appear):
--Joni James (singer)
--Ford and Hines (comedy team)
--Melvyn Douglas (actor) appears in a scene from his Broadway play "The Gang's All Here"
--Michael Flanders and Donald Swann (comedians) perform a scene from their Broadway play "At The Drop of a Hat."
--Paul Anka may have also performed "It's Time to Cry" on this episode.
12.08  The Ed Sullivan Show: Johnny Mathis, Gracie Fields, Jan Murray
--Johnny Mathis - "Witchcraft," "The Best Of Everything" and "Misty"
--The Barry Sisters (vocal group) - "Who's Sorry Now" & "I'm A Fool To Want You"
--Jan Murray (stand-up comedian, routine includes a song with Ray Bloch and a bit about hi-fi sets)
--Gracie Fields - sings a comedic version of "Volare," "Donkey" and "Wish Me Luck".
--Rickie Layne & Velvel (ventriloquist act, uses a Yiddish accent)
--Lentini Brothers (Italian tap dancers/comedy team doing a Vaudeville routine)
--The Laszlos (adagio dance team from Sweden, doing lots of rolling and sliding on floor)
--Princess Tajana (aerialist, circus trapeze act)
--Baby Opal (elephant act with trainer)
--Mismoune - Poodle act from France, with trainer.
12.09  The Ed Sullivan Show: Suzanne Pleshette; Tom Poston; Georgia Gibbs
--The cast of the Broadway comedy "The Golden Fleecing" appear in a scene from the play.
The cast consisted of Tom Poston; Suzanne Pleshette; Mickey Deems; Robert Carraway, Robert Elston, Constance Ford;
and Richard Kendrick.
--Georgia Gibbs sings "Summertime," "Birth of the Blues" and "Teasin' Rag."
--Earl Grant (singer)
--Blossom Seeley (entertainer)
--Sam Levenson (humorist)
--The Polish State Folk Ballet
--The Borjevs (plate-spinning act)
12.10 The Ed Sullivan Show: Carol Channing, Count Basie, Joe Williams
--Carol Channing - "A Little Game of Tennis" and "A Hundred Easy Ways"
--Count Basie and his band
--Joe Williams (with Count Basie's band) - sings "Roll 'Em Pete."
--Wayne and Shuster (comedy team) - routine about an "old-age" rock 'n' roller.
--Shelley Berman (comedian)
--Trude Adams (singer) - "In the Still of the Night."
--Dick Roman (singer) - "Let There Be Love."
--Al Bernie (comedian)
--Larible and Company (aerialists)
12.11  The Ed Sullivan Show: Dick Van Dyke & Bess Halliday, Dorothy Collins, Marion Marlowe
--Dick Van Dyke & Bess Halliday - perform a sketch about a drunken
husband coming home to sober wife.
--Dorothy Collins - "Baciare Baciare"
--Marion Marlowe - "Sound Of Music"
--Jerome Robbins Jazz Ballet USA - Entrances, Statistics, &
--Dave Barry (stand-up comedian, jokes about TV, kids, money)
--Tony Pastor & family - "Smile" medley & "Show Me The Way To Go
--Helene and Howard (comedy dancers) - serious ballet turns comic
--Ed announces each member of the 1959 All American Football Team
--Audience bows: Ed introduces a group of former All-American
Football Players: Doc Blanchard, Carl (unknown last name), James McFadden, Dickie Mott
12.12  The Ed Sullivan Show: Lionel Hampton, Teresa Brewer, Jack Carter
--Lionel Hampton (jazz musician) and his band - "Blues In E Flat."
--Teresa Brewer (singer) - "Louisville Lou."
--Jack Carter (comedian)
--Wayne and Shuster (comedy team) - do their version of "Russian" football.
--Yehudi Menuhin (violinist) with his sister Hepzibah (pianist) - Bartok's Roumanian Dances.
--The Vagabonds (vocal-instrumental group)
--The Coronados (vocal trio)
--Atilina Segura (novelty act from Spain)
--The Willers (roller-skating group)
--The college football coach of the year.
12.13  The Ed Sullivan Show: Dorothy Dandridge, Brook Benton, Sophie Tucker, The Ames Brothers
--Dorothy Dandridge (actress-singer) - "What Is This Thing Called Love?" & "Baby Baby All The Time."
--Brook Benton - "This Time Of Year."
--David Seville with Alvin & The Chipmunks (Bunin Puppets). The Chipmunks sing "Yankee Doodle," "Chipmunk Song" & "Alvin's Harmonica."
--The Ames Brothers sing a Christmas medley.
--Sophie Tucker - "The Beat Generation" & "Take A Step In The Right Direction."
--Channing Pollack (magician) - does sleight of hand with doves.
--Tu Shiu Ni (also spelled Tu-Siu-Ni) (novelty plate spinning act).
--Antone & Curtis (comedy team doing a Western duelists skit with Ed as part of the act).
Audience bows: Captain Gerhard Schwede & Captain Mark Hearn; Hy Gardner (journalist)
12.14  The Ed Sullivan Show: Christmas Show: Polly Bergen, Gertrude Berg, Paul O'Keefe, Harry Simeone Chorale
--Paul O'Keefe with the Baird Puppets - "What Do You Want For Christmas?"
--Baird Puppets - "Christmas in Davey Jones Locker" sketch.
--Betty Johnson sings "White Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."
--The Phil Jones Dance Group - dance to a medley of Christmas songs.
--The Harry Simeone Chorale sing "Little Drummer Boy."
--Polly Bergen (singer-actress) - sings "I've Got Love to Keep Me Warm," "Sleigh Ride" and "Silent Night."
--Victor Julian and his Pets (trained dog act).
--'The Sound of Music' Chorus (dressed as nuns) - perform selections from the Broadway play.
--Gertrude Berg (actress) - recites "Christmas Story."
--Patricia Neway (musical-comedy performer, Mother Superior from Broadway's "The Sound of Music") - sings "Climb Every Mountain."
--Closing: Entire cast sings "White Christmas."
12.15  The Ed Sullivan Show: Charlton Heston, Xavier Cugat & Abbe Lane, Leon Bibb
--On film: Charlton Heston in a film clip from "Ben Hur." Ed and
Heston ride Chariot in Rome.
--Charlton Heston (live on stage?) - Heston gives a dramatic
Biblical reading on the Creation with a chorus in the background.
--Leon Bibb (folk singer) - "Sinner Man."
--Abbe Lane sings I Enjoy Being A Girl" & "Witchcraft."
--Xavier Cugat - Hallelujah" (with bongo playing musician) and
--Phil Ford & Mimi Hines (husband & wife musical-comedy team) - sing
"What A Thrill" from Vaudeville, "Pretty Baby" & "Someone To Watch
--Dick Contino (accordion player) - "Pretty Eyed Baby."
--On film: clip from the 1959 movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
--Trio Szekly (contortionists, 2 men & 1 woman).
12.16  The Ed Sullivan Show: Bobby Darin & Connie Francis, Toni Fisher, Edgar Bergen, Gene Krupa & Sal Mineo
--Toni Fisher sings "The Big Hurt."
--Bobby Darin - "That's How It Goes" & "Beyond The Sea."
--Connie Francis & Bobby Darin duet - "You Make Me Feel So Young" & "You're The Top."
--Connie Francis - "Comm'e Bella A Stagione" and "Mama."
--Noel Harrison (son of Rex Harrison) - sings "I'm On My Way" (and possibly "Yellow Bird").
--Carol Haney & Larry Blyden (husband and wife doing a song-and-dance routine) - "Side By Side" & "Beginning To See The Light"
--Edgar Bergen (ventriloquist, with dummy Mortimer Snerd).
--Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham - routine about looking for buried treasure in a haunted house.
--Gene Krupa, Sal Mineo appear on stage, and introduce a clip from the movie "The Gene Krupa Story."
--Gimma Brothers (5 brothers in suits do flips & handstands).
--Bert Holt (juggles while hanging by his teeth).
--Audience bow: Kyle Rote (N.Y. Giants Football Star).
12.17  The Ed Sullivan Show: Wayne & Shuster (guest hosts), Frankie Avalon, Birgit Nilsson
--Frankie Avalon - "Look What One Kiss Can Do" & "Why?"
--Peter Palmer (star of movie "Li'l Abner") - "They Call the Wind Mariah" and "Shadrack, Meshack, Abednigo."
--Birgit Nilsson (Swedish opera star) sings "Visi D'Arte" (aria from "Tosca") and "When I Was 14" (Swedish folk song).
--Susan Barrett sings "The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" & does impressions of Hermione Gingold, Patti Page, Eartha Kitt.
--Earl Grant (singer & organist) - "The Birth Of The Blues" (with drummer, trumpeter & orchestra).
--Wayne And Shuster (guest hosts, comedy team) - sketch: an interview with Professor Vain Gartner, Arctic expert.
--Calamac (or Kalanag) (illusionist-magician) - does levitation trick. Later in show does "woman in box" trick & makes car disappear.
--Norwegian Festival Dancers (Festival Company of Norway) - "The Haling Dance."
12.18  The Ed Sullivan Show:
17-Jan-1960 CBS Sun
Guest Host: Jackie Gleason (appeared as guest host, while Ed was recuperating from an ulcer.)
Rosemary Clooney, Gene Krupa, Jean Carroll, Alan Dale, The Ames Brothers, Jean Carroll, Ricky Lane
--Gene Krupa plays the drums while Little Buck tap dances.
--Rosemary Clooney sings "Don't Take Your Love from Me" and "Tenderly."
--Alan Dale sings "All The Things You Are."
--The Ames Brothers impersonate other singers.
--Jean Carroll (comedienne) relates the difficulties of shopping for a new dress.
--Ricky Lane (ventriloquist) tutors his dummy on the art of bullfighting.
--Gleason talks with young actor Kevin Corcoran, star of the Walt Disney film "Toby Tyler."
--On tape: Jerome Robbins' Ballet: USA performs "Opus Jazz," accompanied by music by Robert Prince.
--Gil Dover (juggler)
--The Trio Aristons (European acrobatic act)
Note: Several "scheduled guests" became ill.
18-Jan-1960 newspaper article:
Show Disrupted: New York (AP) - Illness prevented Ed Sullivan and four guest entertainers from appearing on his CBS-TV program Sunday night.
Comedian Jackie Gleason filled in for Sullivan, who is recuperating from an ulcer attack.
Broadway musical star Carol Lawrence, singer Nelson Eddy and his partner, Gale Sherwood, and singer
Billy Daniels were all ill with flu. Other entertainers were called in to replace them.
12.19  The Ed Sullivan Show: Takarazuka Dance Theater, Ford & Hines, Kim Sisters
--The Takarazuka Dance Theater of Japan (female dance troupe) - perform traditional "Mask Dance" and
"The Lion and the Butterfly" dances, and a modern baseball number.
--Ford and Hines (comedy team)
--Ginny Tiu (five-year-old pianist & singer) - plays "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" on piano, and sings "Sugar in the Morning"
and imitates Jimmy Durante with "Inka Dinka Doo."
--The Kim Sisters (singers from Korea)
Note: CBS repeated this show on August 28, 1960.
[---] January 31, 1960: "Ed Sullivan" was pre-empted for a special titled "Fabulous Fifties"
12.20  The Ed Sullivan Show: Teresa Brewer, Rowan & Martin, Carol Lawrence
--Teresa Brewer (singer) "Lucky In Love" & 1 other song.
--Carol Lawrence (musical-comedy star) - "I Got Rhythm" song and dance.
--Roberta Peters (opera star) Sings "Cara Noma" and a show tune.
--The Wanderers (vocal quartet) sing "I Love You Much Too Much" and "Daybreak."
--Rowan and Martin (comedy team) - do a Charades routine with Ed.
--Jan Murray (comedian) - plays a suave private investigator
--Bob Lewis (comedian) - comedy routine.
--Holger and Dolores (dance team) - acrobatic dance ballet
--Rudy Horn (acrobat)
12.21  The Ed Sullivan Show: St. Valentine's Day Show: Charles Laughton, Dorothy Dandridge, Harry James, Wayne & Schuster
--Dorothy Dandridge - "Love" and, later in show, "Smooth Operator (I Like It Like That)."
--Charles Laughton - (1) Valentine Greetings with cast (2) reads from the Book of Daniel "Shadrach Meshach Abednegro"
--Harry James - "You Made Me Love You" & "Lester Leaps."
--Wayne & Schuster (comedy team) - Spoof Ed as Cupid in a drawing and. later in show, do a routine about the Burning of Rome.
--Birgit Nilsson - "Norwegian Aria" & "Pace Pace Mio Dio"
--Jane Morgan - "Valentine Song" and "My Love Loves."
--Peter Gennaro and Lisa D'orso (dancers) - do a Valentine dance and, later in show, dance to "The Peanut Vendor."
12.22  The Ed Sullivan Show: Jack Carter, Myron Cohen, Earl Grant, Barry Sisters
--Earl Grant (singer) - "House of Bamboo" and "Under Paris Skies."
--Jerome Robbins' "Ballets: U.S.A." - in a pre-recorded segment, the dancers present a portion of a ballet titled "The Concert."
--The Barry Sisters (singers / vocal duo) - "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?"
--Lee Lawrence (singer)
--Giulietta Simionato (mezzo soprano) sings the aria "Una Voca Poca Fa."
--Jack Carter (comedian)
--Myron Cohen (comedian)
--Ricardi (illusionist / magician)
12.23  The Ed Sullivan Show: Bobby Darin, Connie Francis, Della Reese, Senor Wences, Corbett Monica
--Bobby Darin - Oh My Darling, Clementine" and a medley ("By Myself" and "When Your Lover Has Gone").
--Connie Francis sings "What Would Al Jolson Say About Rock 'N' Roll" (a medley of Al Jolson tunes, with updated lyrics:
"You Made Me Love You, Swanee," "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody," "My Mammy," "Toot, Toot Tootsie Goodbye,"
"Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody" and "You Made Me Love You").
--Della Reese - "Blue Skies" and "Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)."
--Noel Adams (dancer) - does a "Modeling for Artists" routine.
--Senior Wences (ventriloquist) - a "Turn The Page" routine using big book as prop.
--Corbett Monica (comedian) - monologue about married life.
--Ken Murray and Marie Wilson (music and comedy act) - do a few jokes about Sullivan, then sing a humorous song.
Later in the show, they lip-synch to a Louis Prima and Keely Smith record, with Ken as Keely and Marie playing Louis.
--Antone & Curtis (comedy team) - do song impressions.
--This episode ends with a spoof of International TV with the guests singing songs in different languages:
"Mack the Knife" (sung in French by Bobbby Darin), Della Reese singing a song in Italian, and "Who's Sorry Now"
(by Connie Francis in Swedish). Finale ends with Connie Francis, Bobby Darin, Della Reese, Ken Murray,
and Marie Wilson singing "International Show."
12.24  The Ed Sullivan Show: Eartha Kitt, Leon Bibb, Anna Maria Alberghetti
--Eartha Kitt (singer)
--Leon Bibb (folk singer)
--Anna Maria Alberghetti (singer)
--Bob Lewis (comedian)
--The Happy Jesters (comedy impressionists)
--Augie and Margo (dance team)
--Pompoff Thedy and Co. (pantomime act)
--Rickie Layne (ventriloquist)
--Excess Baggage (trained animal act)
12.25  The Ed Sullivan Show: St. Patrick's Day Show w/Pat Rooney, Eileen Brennan, Lee Sullivan, others.
St. Patrick's Day Show (new segments combined with performances from March 15, 1959).
Scheduled to appear:
--Pat Rooney (song-and-dance man, celebrating his 70th year in show business).
--Eileen Brennan (Broadway actress) sings "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
--Lee Sullivan & Eileen Brennan sing "If It Weren't For The Irish."
--Lee Sullivan (opera tenor) sings "A Little Bit of Heaven."
--Liam DeVally (singer) - (possibly) "The Gentle Maiden."
--Deirdre O'Callaghan, Peggy Mullaney, Therese Hayes (trio of harpists) - play and sing "The Castle of Dromore."
--The Comerford Irish Dancers.
--Éamon de Valera (president of Ireland) - interviewed by Ed Sullivan.
Note: According to the TV Scout newspaper column, the following segments were dropped from this show:
--On film: Sean O'Casey (playwright) & Barry Fitzgerald (actor) appear from Dublin's Abbey Theatre.
12.26  The Ed Sullivan Show: Circus Stars from All Over the World
Appearing in London:
--Popov (Soviet clown)
--The Boxing Russian Bears
Appearing in New York:
--Emmett Kelly (American clown)
--Lindon (high-wire clown)
--Miss Mara (trapeze artist)
--Penito del Oro (trapeze artist)
--Tonito (wire walker)
--The Wallendas (wire walkers)
--Bruno (sway-pole acrobat)
--The Zacchinis (cannon and trapeze act)
--The Cordons (whip act)
--The Three Murkies (comic group)
--The De Donge chimps
In Las Vegas:
--The Nerveless Nocks (comic acrobats)
--Hubert Castle (American trapeze comedian)
--The Antares (aerialists)
--Gene Bouglinoni (equestrian)
--The Carolis (equestrians)
--The Morways (teeterboard acrobats)
--The Jockey Dogs
12.27  The Ed Sullivan Show: Dorothy Dandridge, Teresa Brewer, Jack Carter, Myron Cohen
--Dorothy Dandridge - "I Get A Kick Out of You" & "That's All"
--Dorothy Dandridge (later in show) - "One of Those Things"
--Teresa Brewer - "You Turned The Tables On Me" & "Just In Time"
--Myron Cohen (stand-up comedian) jokes about European trips, Max the Deli Man
--Jack Carter (stand-up comedian) - sings and tell jokes about Ed, travel in Europe & England
--The Barry Sisters - "Around The World In 80 Days" and, later in show, "Cry Me A River."
--Earl Grant - "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (Earl plays organ while his brother Bill plays drums)
--Earl Grant (with orchestra & singers) - "Two Loves Have I" then plays "Malaguena" on piano
--Rick Giardi (illusionist) - magic tricks with canaries & eggs. Later in show, turns a dog into a woman.
[---] April 3, 1960 - "Ed Sullivan" was pre-empted for the "Playhouse 90" special "Alas, Babylon"
12.28  The Ed Sullivan Show: Fourth ASCAP Salute
Fourth salute to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) with scheduled guests:
--The Ames Brothers (vocal quartet) - sing a medley of movie and show tunes.
--Chris Connor (singer)
--Alfred Drake (musical-comedy performer) - "Oklahoma" and "With a Song in My Heart."
--Jill Corey (singer) - sings a medley of Al Jolson songs.
--Carol Haney (dancer) - presents a medley of production numbers from various Broadway shows.
--Henry Fink (composer)
--Rose Hardaway (singer)
--Vincent Lopez (bandleader and pianist) - "Nola."
--The McGuire Sisters (singing trio) - sing a medley of Irving Berlin songs including "Sisters."
--Roberta Peters (operatic soprano) - "If I Were on The Stage."
--Blossom Seeley (vaudevillian)
--Entire cast - "They All Play This Piano."
--Ed shows a film montage (from past shows?) of W. C. Handy, Fritzi Scheff, Maud Nugent Jerome, Ernie Burnett and Jack Norworth.
12.29  The Ed Sullivan Show: Easter Show w/Mahalia Jackson, Wayne & Shuster, Roberta Sherwood & sons, David Seville
--Mahalia Jackson - "Old Rugged Cross" and "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?"
--Roberta Sherwood and sons - "Easter Parade" medley.
--Charles K.L. Davis (Hawaiian musician) - "Ave Maria."
--Patricia Newayway and Regina Sarfaty - "To This We've Come" (scene from the musical "The Consul").
--Mahalia Jackson - "I Found The Answer" (with Willie Webb on organ & Mildred Falls on piano).
--The University Of Rochester Men's Glee Club - "Salvation Cometh To Our God" and "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child."
--Wayne And Shuster (comedy team) - an Ad agency is hired by the IRS to make people WANT to pay their taxes.
--Phil Jones Troupe - children dance to "It's Easter Time," "Peter Cottontail" & "Whisker On The Easter Bunny's Nose."
--Cameo: Bill Moose Skowron (of the New York Yankees) appears on stage.
--David Seville & The Chipmunks - sing along, followed by Alvin giving David an exploding Easter basket.
12.30  The Ed Sullivan Show: Red Buttons, Rowan & Martin, The Ames Brothers
--Red Buttons (comedian)
--The Ames Brothers (singing group)
--Rowan and Martin (comedy team)
--The McGuire Sisters (singing group)
--Senor Wences (ventriloquist)
--Peter Palmer (singer)
--Rod Lauren (singer)
--The Kim Sisters (singing-instrumental group)
NOTE: The TV debut of Rowan & Martin (Dan Rowan & Dick Martin) who
are eight years away from being hosts of NBC's Laugh-In between January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973.
12.31  The Ed Sullivan Show: Charlton Heston, Johnny Horton, Dean Jones, Pinky Lee
--Johnny Horton sings "Sink The Bismark" (with war footage)
--Dean Jones - "I Concentrate On You"
--Renato's Boogie Jazz Combo (with Renato Carosone, from Italy).
--Pinky Lee (stand-up comedy)
--Elliot Reed (stand-up)
--Rickie Layne & Velvel (ventriloquist with dummy) - Ed Sullivan plays straight man.
--Antone & Curtis (comedy act) - Bull Fighter sketch with Ed Sullivan.
--Charlton Heston - Talks with Ed on stage. Later in show, Heston does a Biblical reading of "The Five Book"
& "Out Of Egypt" (with the De Cormier Chorale on stage).
--The Demarcos (ballroom dancing)
12.32  The Ed Sullivan Show: Nina Simone, The Browns, Bess Myerson, Wayne & Shuster, Ford and Hines, Gordon and Sheila MacRae
--Nina Simone (singer-pianist) - "Little Girl Blue."
--The Browns (vocal group) - "The Old Lamplighter."
--George Reeder, Swen Swenson, and Marc Breaux perform the "Whip Dance" from the Broadway musical "Destry Rides Again."
--Bess Myerson (TV personality & former Miss America making an appearance as a pianist) - "Grieg's Piano Concerto."
--Wayne and Shuster (comedy team) - routine with Wayne as a circus impresario.
--Gordon and Sheila MacRae (husband-and-wife singing act) - perform a medley.
--Ford and Hines (comedy team of Phil Ford and Mimi Hines).
--Arthur Worsley (ventriloquist).
--Noonan and Marshall (comedy team of Tommy Noonan and Peter Marshall).
12.33  The Ed Sullivan Show: James Cagney & Robert Montgomery, Jane Froman, Julie Wilson, The Vagabonds
--James Cagney and Robert Montgomery talk to Ed about their new movie "The Gallant Hours," based on the life story
of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey Jr.
--Jane Froman sings a medley of hits (possibly "I'll Walk Alone," "Get Happy," "With A Song In My Heart").
--Julie Wilson (singer) - "The Lady is a Tramp."
--The United States Naval Academy Glee Club.
--Lorin Hollander (young concert pianist) - "Liebestraum" piano solo.
--The American Legion Zouaves ("wall-climbing" drill team from Jackson, Michigan).
--The Vagabonds (comedy-instrumental group).
12.34  The Ed Sullivan Show: The Brothers Four, Nelson Eddy and Gale Sherwood, Wayne and Shuster, Frances Faye, Sam Levenson
--The Brothers Four (folk singers) perform "Greenfields."
--Nelson Eddy and Gale Sherwood sing "In the Still of the Night."
--Anna Moffo (soprano) sings "Sempre Libre."
--Frances Faye (vocalist and jazz pianist) - "Darktown Strutters Ball" and "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate."
--West Point Glee Club sing "The Army Goes Rolling Along" and "Soon I Will Be Done."
--Wayne and Shuster (comedy team) - "Frontier Psychiatrist" sketch set in the Old West.
--Sam Levenson (humorist) - reads his kid's letters from summer camp.
--Don Alan (magician) - does two short bits with Ed, and an extended segment with Gale Sherwood, Nelson Eddy, and other guests.
12.35  The Ed Sullivan Show: Count Basie and his band, Charles Chaplin Jr., Dennis Day, Guy Marks, The Hi-Lads
--Count Basie and his band perform "Whirly Bird" & "One O'Clock Jump" (need to verify song titles).
--Dennis Day (comedian-tenor) sings unknown song and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain." (His first song was either "A Woman in Love" or "Wonderful Secret of Love.")
--The Hi-Lads (comedy vocal quartet) - perform twice in show.
--Steve Role (singer, with acoustic guitar) - "They Call the Wind Mariah."
--Charles Chaplin Jr. (actor-comedian) - jokingly asks Ed Sullivan for a job, then does a comedy routine originally done by his father.
--Guy Marks (comedian, Copacabana performer)
--Ford and Reynolds (comedy team) - do a comedy routine that includes a rendition of the song "Misty."
--Jean Carroll (comedienne)
--Professor Backwards (comedian) - stand-up comedy monologue.
--The Ducats (tap dancers) - five children doing a song-and-dance act.
12.36  The Ed Sullivan Show: Jack Lemmon, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Bert Lahr, Anita Bryant
--Louis Prima - "When You're Smiling" (with Keely Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses)
--Trombone player from the Witnesses - performs "Waiting For the Robert E. Lee"
--Louis Prima - "All Night Long" (with Keely Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses)
--Keely Smith - "Could've Been Censored" & "I Wanna Love You All Night Long"
--Sam Butera & the Witnesses - "When My Baby Smiles At Me"
--Prima and Smith - "Embraceable You," "I Got It Bad" & "I'm In The Mood For Love"
--Anita Bryant - "Paper Roses"
--Bill Williams and his combo (R&B combo, nightclub lounge act from The Latin Quarter) - "Alright, Okay, You Win,"
"Shout" and, later in show, "Begin the Bequine"
--Shari Lewis (puppeteer with Lambchop)
--Paul Lynde & Bert Lahr (comedians) - routine: Lynde interviews baseball player Lahr.
--Larry Daniels (stand-up comedian)
--Cameo: Billy Wilder (film director)
--Jack Lemmon (actor) - on stage, talks with Ed about Billy Wilder with clips from Wilder's movies: "Some Like It Hot,"
"The Apartment," "Witness For The Prosecution," etc.
--Audience bows (marking the 15th anniversary of D-Day): Bob Murphy and Bill Petty (D-Day heroes), Connie Ryan (author).
12.37  The Ed Sullivan Show: 12th Anniversary Show w/Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Connie Francis, Jay North,
"Bye Bye Birdie" Broadway cast
--Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses - "Up A Lazy River," "I'm Confessin" and "I Got You Under My Skin."
--Keely Smith sings "Close."
--Connie Francis sings "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and "The House I Live In."
--Jay North (from TV's "Dennis The Menace") sings "Little Boy's Blues."
Broadway (cast from "Bye Bye Birdie"):
--Dick Van Dyke intros the upcoming scene.
--Trio of girls sing "We Love You Conrad."
--Kitchen scene with Paul Lynde (as Harry MacAfee), Dick Gautier (as Conrad Birdie) and other cast members.
--Mr. MacAfee (Paul Lynde) & family sing "Hymn for a Sunday Evening" (joined by neighbors).
--Wayne & Shuster (comedy team) - "What's My Racket" comedy skit.
--Victor Borge (comedy monologue).
--On-stage bow: Ingemar Johanssen (Swedish boxer).
12.38  The Ed Sullivan Show: Ann Miller, Della Reese, Don Adams, Benny Goodman All-Star Band, Guy Marx, salute to Hawaii
--Ann Miller - "I've Gotta Hear That Beat" song and (tap) dance routine.
--Della Reese sings "Everyday."
--Jane Morgan sings "You Make Me Feel So Young."
--Benny Goodman and his All Star Basin Street Band perform a medley of hits: "Don't Be That Way," "Poor Butterfly,"
"Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home" (with singer Maria Marshall), "World If Wonderful" (correct title?) & "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise."
--Don Adams (comedian) - court room skit in which Adams plays a defense attorney.
--Guy Marx (comedian) - takes a mythical trip to the Metropolitan Opera.
Salute to Hawaii segment:
--Charles K.L. Davis sings "My Magic Island."
--Haleloke (female singer, formerly with Arthur Godfrey) sings "Blue Hawaii" and does a Hula dance demonstration.
Note: June 19, 1960 was the last live episode until September 4, 1960.
12.39  The Ed Sullivan Show: Rise Stevens, Ames Brothers, Gene Krupa, Conrad Buckner, Noel Harrison, Jackie Kannon
--Rise Stevens (mezzo-soprano) - sings "Climb Every Mountain" and "So in Love."
--The Ames Brothers (vocal quartet) sing "Amor," "Brazil" and a "South Pacific" medley ("Nothing Like A Dame," "Bali Hai,"
"I'm Gonna Wash That 'Gal' Right Outa My Hair" "Honey Bun" and "Younger Than Springtime").
--Noel Harrison (sings & plays guitar) - "Padam, Padam."
--Conrad "Little Buck" Buckner (tap dancer) joins Gene Krupa (drummer, with his orchestra) for a "Thou Swell" challenge routine.
--Kenneth McKellar (Scottish balladeer) - "Mary Of Argyle" and "Scotland the Brave."
--Jackie Kannon (impressionist-comedian)
--Rickie Layne (ventriloquist, with his puppet Velvel)
--Augie and Margo (dancers) - perform to Latin rhythms.
12.40  The Ed Sullivan Show: Rosemary Clooney, Phil Foster, Dave Barry, Phil Foster, The Wanderers, Happy Jesters
--Rosemary Clooney sings "For You," "Bali Ha'i" and "You Do Something To Me."
--The Wanderers (doo wop vocal group) - "Gonna Live Til I Die," "Mam'selle" & "Birth Of The Blues."
--Dave Barry (stand-up comedian) - makes jokes about women out on the town, dieting, and a drunk driving routine (with Ed as cop).
--Phil Foster (stand-up comedian) - tells jokes about his wife.
--The Happy Jesters (comic vocal group) - "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Heart Of My Heart."
--Channing Pollock (magician/illusionist)
--The Botands (three-man balancing act)
--The Borjevas - plate spinning act, spins about 30 plates.
--Gogi Pasha (Indian illusionist with 3 assistants) - makes woman disappear.
--The Laribles (trapeze act).
--Los Churumbeles de España (singing & dancing ensemble) - 8 men sing "Ole" and are joined by a Spanish dancer.
12.41  The Ed Sullivan Show: Red Buttons, Georgia Gibbs, Rowan & Martin, Rod Lauren, Senor Wences, Julie Wilson
--Georgia Gibbs (singer) - "It's All Right With Me," "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" and "Sholom Aleichem."
--Julie Wilson (singer) - "Somebody's Keepin' Score" and a blues medley ("St. Louis Blues," "Birth of the Blues" and "Blues in the Night").
--Rod Lauren (singer) - "Younger Than Springtime."
--Red Buttons (comedian) - in a comedy routine, Red wonders why songwriters write songs about girls but not about boys.
--Dan Rowan and Dick Martin (comedy team)
--Senor Wences (ventriloquist)
--Elliott Reid (comedian) - portrays a society columnist for a posh magazine.
--Brascia and Tybee (ballroom dance team)
12.42  The Ed Sullivan Show: Dick Van Dyke, Chris Connor, Edgar Bergen, Alan King, Abbe Lane and Xavier Cugat
--Chris Connor sings "Come Rain or Come Shine."
--The Xavier Cugat Orchestra - "Mack the Knife" & "Tequila."
--Abbe Lane (singer with the Xavier Cugat orchestra) - "My Man" & "Taking a Chance on Love."
--Dick Contino (accordion player) - "Lady of Spain" & "Dick's Blues."
--Val Valenti (singer) - "Core Ingrato."
--Teddy Randazzo (singer) - "Mama" and "Lonesome Road."
--Dick Van Dyke (comedian) - does a routine about a husband who tries to hide his drunken condition from his wife.
--Alan King (comedian) - routine about life in the suburbs.
--Edgar Bergen (ventriloquist, with dummy Effie).
--Peg Leg Bates (dancer)
12.43  The Ed Sullivan Show: Lloyd Price, Rowan & Martin, Blossom Seeley, Jan Murray, Bob Lewis
--Lloyd Price and his band perform "I Only Have Eyes for You."
--Lee Sullivan (tenor) - sings "Come To Me, Bend To Me" and "Almost Like Being In Love" (songs from the Broadway musical "Brigadon").
--Blossom Seeley (vaudevillian) - "Is It True What They Say about Dixie?" and "Birth of the Blues."
--Billy Daniels (singer) - "Day in, Day Out" and "Bye, Bye Blackbird."
--Dan Rowan and Dick Martin (comedy team).
--Jan Murray (comedian).
--Jean Carroll (comedienne).
--Bob Lewis (comedian).
--Doreen Kilmer (tap dancer).
--Rudy Horn (juggler).
--The Gimma Brothers (acrobatic trio) - tumbling and balancing act.
12.44  The Ed Sullivan Show: Harry James, Henny Youngman, Wayne & Shuster, Gordon & Sheila MacRae, Jane Morgan
--Harry James and his Orchestra perform "Two O'Clock Jump" and "Just Lucky."
--Gordon and Sheila MacRae (music & comedy team) sing a medley of "I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy,"
"And This Is My Beloved," "Love and Marriage" and "When The Children Are Asleep."
--Jane Morgan sings a "Sound of Music" medley (including "Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things" and "Climb Every Mountain").
--Nico Feldman (lyric tenor) sings "Granada."
--Henny Youngman (comedian)
--John Wayne and Frank Shuster (comedy team) - Shuster interviews eccentric Hollywood producer Wayne.
--The Bizzarro Brothers (bell-ringing novelty act)
--The Goldinis (balancers)
12.45  The Ed Sullivan Show: Sophia Loren & Clark Gable (on film), Earl Grant, Jack Carter, Ken Murray and Marie Wilson
--Earl Grant (singer-organist) - "Witchcraft" & "Caravan."
--Trude Adams sings "Anything Goes" & "Why Was I Born?"
--Leo Diamond (harmonica player) - "Dream" & "Granada."
--Ken Murray and Marie Wilson (comedians) - parody Louis Prima and Keely Smith singing "I'm Confessin'."
--Jack Carter (comedian)
--Charles Manna (comedian)
--Holger and Dolores (adagio dance team)
--The Morlidors (European novelty act)
--On film: In Italy, Ed visits with Sophia Loren and Clark Gable on the set of their movie "It Happened in Naples."
12.46  The Ed Sullivan Show: Roberta Peters, Carol Haney & Buzz Miller, Kirby Stone Four, Noonan and Marshall
Pre-recorded episode (taped five months earlier).
--Roberta Peters (Metropolitan Opera soprano) - "Nightingale."
--Lu Ann Simms sings "Lonesome Road."
--Andrer Zannis (tenor) - prologue from "Pagliacci"
--Maynard Ferguson (trumpeter with his jazz band) - "Humbug" (and possibly "Hey There").
--Carol Haney and Buzz Miller - "For Me and My Gal" dance routine.
--Kirby Stone Four (vocal-instrumental group) - imitate other musicians.
--Richard Hearne (British comedian "Mr. Pastry") - demonstrates the "Passing Out" ceremony.
--Noonan and Marshall (comedy team of Tommy Noonan and Peter Marshall)
--The Pompoff Thedy Family (comedy act)
12.47  The Ed Sullivan Show: Lionel Hampton, Sam Levene, The Four Preps, Dewey Markham, Tina Robin
--Lionel Hampton and his band perform "How High is the Moon" and a medley.
--Sam Levene (actor) - does a dramatic reading of Sholom Aleichem's "The Yom Kippur Scandal" (translated from Yiddish by Arnold Perl).
--The Four Preps (vocal group) perform "Why Don't You Draft The Four Lads?"
--Tina Robin (singer) - imitates singers Kay Starr ("Wheel of Fortune"), Teresa Brewer ("Music! Music! Music!),
and Roberta Sherwood ("Up A Lazy River").
--Dewey Markham (comedian).
--Manolo Mera (singer-guitarist).
--Lou Willis Jr. (tap dancer).
--Jay Nemeth (ventriloquist).
--The Salici Puppets (from Italy).
--Joe Phillips and his horse Smokey (a.k.a. Smokey, The Wonder Horse).
[---] 28-Aug-1960 - "Ed Sullivan" was a repeat from 24-Jan-60 (The Takarazuka Dance Company of Japan).
12.48  The Ed Sullivan Show: Oscar Hammerstein II tribute (broadcast live from Madison Square Garden)
Broadcast from Madison Square Garden - A tribute to Oscar Hammerstein II, who died on August 23, 1960.
--Della Reese (singer-actress).
--Georgia Gibbs sings "Why Was I Born?"
--Jill Corey sings "Happy Talk."
--Teddy Randazzo performs "Lover Come Back to Me"
--Leon Bibb (baritone) - "You'll Never Walk Alone."
--The "Ice Capades" cast (including skaters Ronnie Robertson, Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul) skate to music from
Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "The King and I" and "South Pacific."
12.49  The Ed Sullivan Show: Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt, Noelle Adam, Professor Backwards
--Nina Simone (singer-pianist) - "Love Me or Leave Me" and "I Loves You, Porgy."
--Eartha Kitt - sings "Little White Lies" and an "Independent"/"Yellow Bird" medley.
--Daniele Barioni (tenor) - "Sorrento."
--Mark Antone and Jackie Curtis (comedy team) - do a drunken pilot routine.
--Professor Backwards (comedian Jimmy Edmondson)
--Corbett Monica (comedian)
--Noelle Adam (dancer from France, Mrs. Sydney Chaplin) - "Where or When."
--Calamac (illusionist, with his company)
[---] 18-Sep-1960 - "Ed Sullivan" was a repeat of "Invitation to Moscow" from September 27, 1959.
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