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America tuned into The Ed Sullivan Show every Sunday night for decades--from 1948 to 1971. Perhaps its most famous moment came when the Beatles appeared for the first time, the start of the group's amazing rise to popularity in the US. Author Michael Harris worked for Sullivan and shares the inside stories of a TV show that brought new talent to the American people by way of the newest "gadget," television. He shares the inside scoop in Always On Sunday, originally published in 1969 and recently release on Kindle.
Excerpts from the book:
The Beatles, Ed Sullivan and the Author
Ed first learns I have written a book when I hand him a finished manuscript. Naively, I imagine he’ll be flattered, but when he reads it, he blows his stack and stops speaking to me. He’s furious. I am revealing more about him, more backstage gossip and more details about the inner workings of the show than he wants made public.
Fortunately for me and for Always On Sunday, Ed simmers down eventually and decides my unauthorized biography is “magnificent.” He promotes it in his newspaper column, in interviews and in joint television appearances with me. Ed helps turn the book he initially hated into a national bestseller.
During my 11 years on the Sullivan show, no one created more excitement than the Beatles. February 7, 1964: Kennedy Airport. Their first trip to the United States. The screaming fans! The haircuts! The sassy answers! Welcome to New York! The entire country focuses on this place and these young men. Including me. I am meeting their plane. A CBS public relations executive for years. Now the network’s press representative on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Ed was warned not to sign the Beatles: “You’re crazy! No British group has ever made it big in this country.” A month before they arrive, they are still unknown in America. Every reporter I contact turns down my invitation to go with me to JFK.
Two weeks later, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” rockets to the top of the charts. Beatlemania crosses the Atlantic, and I am besieged by thousands of ticket requests. Reporters plead to join me at JFK.
On February 14, I greet the Beatles again, this time in Miami for a second Sullivan show. I do my best to stay out of the way but, thanks to paparazzi determined to cash in on every shot of the Fab Four, I appear in photos published around the world (including the NY Post). In the captions I am called a Beatle, a case of mistaken identity I still laugh about with my wife, best-selling novelist Ruth Harris.
When I return to New York, Ed searches for me backstage. One stagehand is impressed. “Ed must really like you,” he says. “You’ve only worked for him for four years, and he already knows your name.”Always On Sunday also reveals:
Ed And The Celebrities Who Loved Him — Or Not!
Why did Frank Sinatra take out an ad saying, “Ed, you’re sick, sick, sick.?"
Why did Mary Tyler Moore sue “The Ed Sullivan Show”?
Why did CBS cancel Bob Dylan’s appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” — against Ed’s wishes?
Elvis’ fans kissed him where? Ed was stunned when Elvis explained. What did Elvis say?
From the reviewers:
“One of the most intriguing show business books to come along in a long time. It’s great, very well written and tells it like it is. I knew Sullivan for years and consider Harris’ book an accurate sketch of a complex man. Well done!” — Chicago Sun Times
“Honestly told …with remarkable frankness and genuine inside knowledge. In the field of show business biographies, Always On Sunday has secured a place on the shelf reserved for the very best.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Always On Sunday: An Inside View.…. And it is inside! The book is studded with backstage gossip about showbiz greats.” — Houston Post
“Highly readable and surprisingly candid.…A remarkable success story.” — Miami Herald
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