ED SULLIVAN’S TOP PERFORMERS: The Greatest Rock & Roll and Pop Acts of the ’60s Performing Their Biggest Hits
A sequel to the PBS hit Ed Sullivan’s Rock & Roll Classics, ED SULLIVAN’S TOP PERFORMERS focuses on the most dynamic decade in American music. From The Beatles’ U.S. television debut in 1964 to The Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance, this new PBS special features a full-roster of sixties superstars.
Among the highlights are a pair of chart-toppers from both The Beatles (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You”) and The Rolling Stones (“Ruby Tuesday,” “Paint It, Black”) plus top-ten hits by The Turtles (“She’d Rather Be With Me”), The Mamas & The Papas (“Creeque Alley”), Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual”) and Johnny Rivers (“Baby I Need Your Lovin'”).
The psychedelic side is represented by the million-selling 1969 smash “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” by The Fifth Dimension while The Association offers the soft-rock standard “Never My Love” as well as the breezy “Along Comes Mary.” Creedence Clearwater Revival closes out the decade with their rock anthem “Proud Mary.”
“This special takes you back to the original moments of the artists and songs when they first broke,” says oldies music expert TJ Lubinsky, “with a focus on the late ’60s, this collection of rock and roll classics exemplifies the defining backbeat in the soundtrack of our lives.”
The companion CD set â€“ ROCK, POP & SOUL â€“ features over 100 original 1960s recordings from the original stars, including: Â “My Generation” (The Who), “Dedicated To The One I Love” (The Mamas & The Papas), “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (The Beach Boys), “Up, Up & Away” (The Fifth Dimension), “The Letter” (The Box Tops), “Sooner Or Later” (The Grass Roots), “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” (Jackie DeShannon),Â “Summer In The City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful and “Brown Eyed Girl” (Van Morrison).
TJL Productions is responsible for the “My Music” series, providing dozens of successful fund-raising specials for Public Television covering a variety of genres from doo wop to disco and folk to fifties pop.
Sofa Entertainment owns and administers “The Ed Sullivan” library, spanning four decades of top music, comedy and variety performances.