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Rockin’ and Rollin’ The Ed Sullivan Show

Old time rock and roll

The Ed Sullivan Show became a mecca for groundbreaking performances and is revered as the quintessential variety show. Bringing people and families together every Sunday evening at 8 pm, The Ed Sullivan Show was more than a TV broadcast, but a ritual among millions. Airing for 23 years, the show witnessed several shifts in pop culture including the birth of Rock n’ Roll music. Showcasing several paramount Rock n’ Roll acts over its two decade long career, The Ed Sullivan show, though often criticized for its conservatism, displayed historic and innovative performances that shaped the music industry.

On August 7, 1955, Bill Haley and His Comets became the first Rock n’ Roll act to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. This performance of “Rock Around the Clock” brought Rock n’ Roll into the homes of millions across the nation and can be credited for increasing the popularity of the relatively…

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