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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in the 1970s:



1970s Episode Guide for 'The Ed Sullivan Show':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns during the '70s.)





October 12, 1969:
Season 22, episode 3

With Lee Marvin, Woody Allen, Oliver, Shirley Bassey, Topo Gigio, The Yale Glee Club, Jo Anne Worley.
Comedian Woody Allen does a stand-up monologue, pop singer Oliver performs "Jean" and "Where is Love?". Shirley Bassey sings "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "This is My Life". Actor Lee Marvin makes his singing debut with "Wandering Star" (from the movie "Paint Your Wagon") accompanied by the Yale Glee Club. Laugh-In's Jo Anne Worley performs a comedy bit and sings a song.

October 26, 1969:
Season 22, episode 5

With Liza Minnelli, David Hemmings, Henry Mancini, Judy Carne, Trio Hoganas.
Santana performs "Persuasion" and "Jingo"; Liza Minnelli sings "Come Saturday Morning" as scenes from her movie "The Sterile Cuckoo" ar shown. Actor David Hemmings reads from "Romeo and Juliet," while Henry Mancini leads the orchestra with "A Time for Us". Mancini also does the themes from "Peter Gunn" and "Romeo and Juliet". Mason Williams does "Cowboy Buckaroo" and plays the guitar. Judy Carne from Laugh-In sings "American Moon" ("There's an American Flag on the Moon Tonight").

November 9, 1969:
Season 22, episode 7

With Nancy Wilson, Jack Jones, The Association, Scoey Mitchell, Norm Crosby, Frank Gorshin.
The Association does "Seven Man Band" and "Dubuque Blues". Nancy Wilson provides "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" then duets with Jack Jones on "Beautiful Things". Jones solos "Get Together" and "You Made Me Love You". Frank Gorshin sings "The Darlin' of New York" (a production number from the Broadway musical "Jimmy"). Scoey Mitchell in his stand-up monologue addresses topics such as race and women, then Norm Crosby's routine fractures the English language as he talks about the "Degenerate Gap".

November 16, 1969:
Season 22, episode 8

With Carol Lawrence, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jack Carter, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jerry Lee Lewis, Moms Mabley, Edward Villella.
Creedence Clearwater Revival performs "Fortunate Son" and "Down on the Corner." Jerry Lee Lewis does a medley featuring "You Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye," "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" and "What'd I Say?". Comedian Moms Mabley's stand-up includes her preference for younger men, and her opinions of old men. Jack Carter jokes about flying, Spiro Agnew, and his own mother.

December 7, 1969:
Season 22, episode 11

With The 5th Dimension, Imogene Coca, Richard Tucker, Ferrante & Teicher, Ballet America, Ron Carey.
The 5th Dimension sing "Wedding Bell Blues" and a medley of "People Got to Be Free" and "The Declaration" (aka "The Declaration of Independence"), then sing Happy Birthday to Rudolph Friml, the oldest member of ASCAP). Ferrante & Teicher on the piano perform the theme from "Midnight Cowboy". Imogene Coca, in a comedy skit, plays a shopper who is forced into hippie garb by an aggressive saleswoman. In his stand-up routine, comedian Ron Carey talks about a Catholic football team.

January 4, 1970:
Season 22, episode 15

With Phyllis Diller, The Temptations, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Oliver, Rodney Dangerfield, Scoey Mitchell, Dana Valery.
Oliver sings a medley of hits ("Sunday Morning," "Jean," "Good Morning Starshine"). Roy Rogers & Dale Evans sing "Maria" and a 'Paint Your Wagon' medley ("Wandering Star," "I Talk to the Trees" and "Paint Your Wagon"). Singer Dana Valery, the sister of Sergio Franchi's sister, performs "Here, There and Everywhere" and "Jickale Mawan", a South African folk song. Frank Gorshin provides the comedy with his impressions of celebrities.

January 11, 1970:
Season 22, episode 16

With Flip Wilson, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Peter Gennaro, Sonny James, Karen Wyman.
Newlywed Tiny Tim duets with his bride, Miss Vicki, in her television performing debut. Ike and Tina Turner contribute "Proud Mary" and "Bold Soul Sister". Tiny Tim returns with the all-female band Enchanted Forest to sing "Earth Angel." Flip Wilson talks about his preacher, Reverend Leroy, and the preacher's wife who, after shopping, tells her husband "The Devil made me buy this dress". Sonny James does "Free Roamin' Mind" and "It's Just A Matter of Time", and Karen Wyman a 17-year-old singer from the Bronx performs "Time and Love".

January 18, 1970:
Season 22, episode 17

With Muhammad Ali, Bill Dana, The Kessler Twins, Buddy Greco, Minnie Pearl.
Ali performs excerpts from his 1969 Broadway play "Buck White" ("Big Time Buck White Chant" and "We Came in Chains"); June Allyson sings a medley of show tunes; Michael James Brody and his wife Renee DuBois duet "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere". Bill Dana portrays his character Jose Jimenez as a skydiver.

January 25, 1970:
Season 22, episode 18

With Patti Page, Norm Crosby, Jacques D'Amboise, Robert Klein.
B.J. Thomas sings "That Old Black Magic" and his hit "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head". Little Anthony & the Imperials do "Goin' Out of My Head," "Don't Get Close," "Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop," "Tears on My Pillow" and "Hurt So Bad". Patti Page performs "La La La," "Winter World of Love" and "Something". Comic Robert Klein talks about working as a substitute schoolteacher.

February 1, 1970:
Season 22, episode 19

With Robert Shaw, Rita Moreno, Bob Newhart, Gwen Verdon, Sergio Franchi, George Carlin, Skiles and Henderson.
Jackie DeShannon sings "Put a Little Love In Your Heart" and "Brighton Hill." Robert Shaw and Rita Moreno perform a scene from the Broadway musical "Gantry" (based on "Elmer Gantry"). Sergio Franchi sings "To Give" and "Una Cantinon de Mexicana." Bob Newhart's stand-up routine is about a police line-up, Red Skelton pantomimes a woman driving a car, and the comedy team of Skiles & Henderson does a routine about the 1939 Blitzkrieg bombings of London.

February 8, 1970:
Season 22, episode 20

With Connie Stevens, David Frye, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bobby Goldsboro, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph.
Bobby Goldsboro sings "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Can You Feel It?"; Richard Pryor does a comedy routine about basketball, civil rights activists, and poets; George Carlin provides his takes on daytime TV, soap operas and game shows. Connie Stevens sings "Yankee Doodle," "Give My Regards To Broadway" and "If I Were A Rich Man". Boots Randolph does "Nashville, Tennessee" and "Hey, Jude"; Floyd Cramer adds "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," then the two of them join Chet Atkins for a medley featuring "I Can't Help It," "Jambalaya" and "I Saw the Light".

February 15, 1970:
Season 22, episode 21

With Michael Parks, The Supremes, Arte Johnson, Joe Frazier, Michele Lee, Robert Klein.
A variety of singing styles are featured, as on hand are Michele Lee, The Supremes (with Diana Ross' replacement, Jean Terrell); Michael Parks, star of "Then Came Bronson", singing tunes from his record album, and prizefighter Joe Frazier, on the eve of his world heavyweight championship fight with Jimmy Ellis, offers a vocal solo. In other spots, Arte Johnson and Robert Klein change the pace of the hour with comedy monologues.

March 1, 1970: Tribute To The Beatles
Season 22, episode 22

With Dionne Warwick, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington.
Film clips from the Beatles movie "Let It Be" are shown. Dionne sings "We Can Work It Out"; Peggy performs "Something" and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". Duke Ellington and his orchestra do a concerto based on Beatles' tunes, and Steve & Eydie duet "Fool on the Hill". In dance routines, Peter Gennaro's troupe does a "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" production number and Edward Villella of the New York Ballet dances to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". The Muppets provide an "Octopus' Garden" sketch with a wise-cracking octopus interrupting a diver.

March 8, 1970:
Season 22, episode 23

With Nancy Sinatra, Wayne and Shuster, Bobby Vinton, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Rodney Dangerfield, Irwin C. Watson, National Urban Coalition Glee Club.
Nancy Sinatra opens with "I Love Them All (The Boys In The Band)" and "California Dreamin'" (with the Rutgers University Marching Band). Bobby Vinton does "Take Me In Your Arms" and "My Elusive Dream." There is a filmed public service announcement from the National Urban Coalition promoting racial harmony. In the film, 100 figures in entertainment, business, government and sports are gathered together to sing "Let the Sunshine In." Among those appearing are Jim Backus, Dan Blocker, Johnny Carson, Ray Charles, Ossie Davis, Henry Fonda, Merv Griffin, Chet Huntley, Martin Landau, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Myrna Loy, Ali MacGraw, Dina Merrill, Greg Morris, Leonard Nimoy, Carl Reiner, Nipsey Russell, Dinah Shore, Ed Sullivan, David Susskind, Eli Wallach & Anne Jackson, Flip Wilson, and the cast of "Hair."

March 15, 1970: Salute To "Holiday On Ice"
Season 22, episode 24

With Lana Cantrell, Ed Ames.
Ed sings "Three Reasons", Miss Cantrell provides "Isn't This a Lovely Day?", and there are numerous ice skating segments including Muller's Chimps: ice-skating chimpanzees trained by Werner and Denyse Muller.

March 22, 1970:
Season 22, episode 25

With Liberace, Rod McKuen, Liza Minnelli, Phyllis Diller, Bill Dana.
Coretta Scott King introduces footage from Martin Luther King's speeches, Liza Minnelli sings "If I Were In Your Shoes" and joins the Bo Jangles for a medley of rock songs: "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart","Wedding Bell Blues", "And When I Die" and "Hey Jude". Poet Rod McKuen sings "London," "Everybody's Rich But Us" and "Jean". Liberace's medley includes "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "Milwaukee's Most Famous Brew" and "The Impossible Dream", then along with the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band does "Alley Cat".

March 29, 1970: Special For Vietnam G.I.'s
Season 22, episode 26

With Bobbie Gentry, Buck Owens, David Frye, Nancy Ames, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marty Allen, George Kirby.
A special edition of the show, taped before an audience of Vietnam veterans at Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio and Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver. Gladys and the Pips sing "Hey Jude" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"; Bobbie Gentry does "Papa" and "Ode to Billy Joe"; Buck Owens performs "Act Naturally" and "Tall Dark Stranger." Impressionist David Frye does imitations of Ed Sullivan, James Cagney, Jack Benny, Rod Steiger, President Nixon and others.

April 5, 1970:
Season 22, episode 27

With George Hamilton, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, The Temptations, Buddy Rich, John Byner.
The Temptations sing "You Make Me So Very Happy" and "Psychedelic Shack"; Roy Rogers & Dale Evans do a medley of patriotic songs: "This Is My Country" and "God Bless America." George Hamilton offers a medley of Hank Williams songs: "Hey Good Lookin'", "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)", "Cold Cold Heart", "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "I Saw the Light" and "Your Cheatin' Heart"; Jazz drummer Buddy Rich's orchestera performs "Oh Ruth" then Rich teams up with Marilyn Maye for a "Cabaret" medley.

April 12, 1970:
Season 22, episode 28

With Joan Rivers, Sergio Franchi, Myron Cohen, Florence Henderson, The Muppets.
Florence Henderson sings "What Do You Do When Love Dies?" and a medley of songs from her movie "Song of Norway." Joan Rivers takes a humorous look at topics including current fashions and doing housework. The Muppets pantomime to the Beatles' "Come Together" and Albert Almoznino does hand puppets of David Ben-Gurion, Josef Stalin, Nikita Kruschchev, Charles De Gaulle, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. In a cameo appearance, comedian Lewis J. Stadlen (dressed as Groucho Marx) interrupts Ed at the beginning of the show.

April 19, 1970:
Season 22, episode 29

With Norm Crosby, Peter Nero, Bill Medley.
Bill Medley sings "Peace Medley", pianist Peter Nero does a medley of songs from "Hair", comedian Norm Crosby explains the tradition of Passover, and ventriloquist Sammy King performs a routine with a Cuban parrot puppet.

April 26, 1970:
Season 22, episode 30

With Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Lesley Gore, Mobs Mabley, Robert Klein, Richie Havens, Jane Morgan.
Richie Havens opens with "The Minstrel from Gault"; Lesley Gore sings "Cry Me A River" and "Hey Jude"; Moms Mabley does her stand-up routine and sings "Deed I Do." Jane Morgan sings "A Girl Named Johnny Cash" and "My Way."

May 3, 1970:
Season 22, episode 31

With Connie Francis, George Kirby, Scoey Mitchell, Morey Amsterdam.
Connie Francis sings a medley of Judy Garland songs: "The Trolley Song,", "You Made Me Love You", "The Bells Are Ringing", "Swanee", "The Man That Got Away" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"; Roslyn Kind (Barbra Streisand's sister) sings "Purlie". Morey Amsterdam does a stand-up monologue featuring a parody of Ed, and talks about nudity in movies. Scoey Mitchell does a routine about a religious fanatic. Comedian George Kirby talks about Flip Wilson, does a Texas football player routine and sings "The Green Green Grass of Home".

May 10, 1970:
Season 22, episode 32

With The Jackson Five, Peter Gennaro, George Carlin, Roger Williams, Sonny James, Marilyn Michaels.
The Jackson Five perform "The Love You Save", "I Want You Back" and "ABC". Sonny James sings "My Love" and "Waterloo". George Carlin plays a "vacation expert" who gives advice to Ed. Marilyn Michaels impersonates Ethel Merman, Connie Francis, Barbra Streisand and Roberta Peters, then sings "Mom-E-Le" in Italian and English. There is a film of Don Rickles and Clint Eastwood on the set of their movie "Kelly's Heroes."

May 17, 1970:
Season 22, episode 33

With Rodney Dangerfield, The Lettermen, Stu Gilliam, The West Point Glee Club.
The Lettermen sing "Going Out of My Head" and "She Cried". The West Point Glee Club sings "America the Beautiful" and performs a medley of George Gershwin songs. There is a film of Ringo Starr singing "Sentimental Journey".

May 24, 1970:
Season 22, episode 34

With Sergio Franchi, Barbara McNair, Karen Wyman, Stanley Myron Handelman.
Barbara McNair sings "People Gotta Be Free", "Here I'll Stay" and "Until It's Time for You To Go". Seventeen-year-old singer Karen Wyman does "Make Me Smile" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The Cadet Corps Steel Band performs "Ghost Riders in the Sky". Georgie Kaye does a stand-up routine about taxes, and Stanley Myron Handleman also provides a comedy monologue.

May 31, 1970:
Season 22, episode 35

With Al Martino, Rich Little, Dana Valery, The Muppets, Julie Budd.
Al Martino croons "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Sweet Caroline"; Julie Budd sings "California Shoeshine Boys" with 4 female back-up singers and "If I Ruled the World" (solo). Rich Little imitates various movie stars, and Bob Lewis tells jokes while doing magic tricks. Kermit the Frog, Grover and other Muppets sing "What Kind of Fool Am I?"

June 14, 1970:
Season 22, episode 36

With Sergio Franchi, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Moms Mabley, Tommy James & the Shondells.
Tommy James & the Shondells do "Ball of Fire" and "I'm Alive". Moms Mabley sings "Abraham, Martin & John" at the end of her comedy monologue. Stiller & Meara do a sketch with Sergio Franchi. Eugene List, with 9 other pianists, performs Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "grande symphonie" called The Siege of Saragossa.





September 20, 1970: The Georgie Awards
Season 23, episode 1

The longest-running entertainment program on television enters its 23rd year as Ed Sullivan presents the first annual "Georgie" Awards of the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA). Originating in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, the hour is devoted to entertainment by many of the presenters and recipients, and to the actual awards ceremony. Among the winners are Bob Hope, Entertainer of the Year; Tom Jones, Male Musical Star; Barbra Streisand, Female Musical Star; Flip Wilson, Male Comedy Star; Carol Burnett, Female Comedy Star. Presenters include Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas, Dionne Warwick, Marc Copage, Emmett Kelly. Jimmy Durante receives the Golden Award presented to an entertainer with 50 or more years in show business. Also: entertainment by impressionist David Frye and dancer Peter Gennaro.

September 27, 1970: Holiday On Ice
Season 23, episode 2

With Bobby Vinton, Karen Wyman, Rare Earth.
A show devoted to the famed Holiday on Ice skating revue. A skating tribute to Edith Piaf features Miss Wyman singing a medley of the French chanteuse's hits. Vinton offers English music hall tunes in a production number. A ballet on skates contrasts the classic and modern with the Rare Earth.

October 4, 1970:
Season 23, episode 3

With Engelbert Humperdinck, Tiny Tim, David Steinberg, Melanie, Skiles and Henderson.
--Melanie sings "Peace Will Come (According to Plan)" and does an acoustic guitar piece. Engelbert Humperdinck belts out "The Good Life,", "Sweetheart" and "My Way." Tiny Tim's medley includes "On the Good Ship Lollipop", "Hot and Cold Water", "Two Times A Day" and "The Other Side." David Steinberg does a psychiatrist sketch -- with Ed, in drag, appearing as the second patient. Comics Skiles & Henderson supply a bit about a drum-playing robot.

October 11, 1970:
Season 23, episode 4

With Arthur Godfrey, Sonny James, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Mann.
Sullivan takes viewers to the famed Mid-South Fair in Memphis, Tenn., featuring many of the top stars of country-western music. Arthur Godfrey arrives on horseback and does a few horse tricks. Sonny James sings "Endlessly" and "Tennessee Waltz". Loretta Lynn performs "You Ain't Woman Enough" and "Coal Miner's Daughter." The Johnny Mann Singers do a medley of "Go Where You Wanna Go", "Glory, Glory Hallelujah", "Dixie" and "Grand Old Flag".

October 18, 1970:
Season 23, episode 5

With Tony Bennett, George Burns, Robert Klein, The Carpenters, B.B. King.
The Carpenters start off with "Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun". B.B. King adds "Just A Little Bit of Love" and a medley ("How Blue Can You Get" and "The Thrill Is Gone"). Tony Bennett sings "Something", "Get Happy" and "I'll Begin Again". George Burns gives his views on nudity in show business, Robert Klein takes on the World Series, and the New York Stickball Team (an improv group including comedian Steve Landesberg) delivers a routine about psychedelic contact lenses.

October 25, 1970: Salute To The United Nations
Season 23, episode 6

A tribute to the United Nations on its 25th anniversary features performers from around the globe including Spanish singer Raphael, Australia's New Seekers vocal group, South American trumpeter Hugh Masekela, The Young Americans, Soviet clown Oleg Popov, the Lado Yugoslavian folk dance troupe, and scenes from off-Broadway's "Golden Bat".

November 1, 1970:
Season 23, episode 7

With Melba Moore, Bobbie Gentry, Richard Pryor, Roy Clark.
Bobbie Gentry sings "I Want You Back", "Benjamin" and "Your Number One Fan". Roy Clark does "Thank God and Greyhound, You're Gone" and "Malaguena". Melba Moore performs "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "Purlie" (the title song from her Broadway play). In comedy segments, Richard Pryor talks about growing up in the inner city and Stanley Myron Handelman's topics include his "no neck" friend.

November 8, 1970: Performance For Vietnam Veterans
Season 23, episode 8

With Rodney Dangerfield, The Carpenters, The Four Tops, Freda Payne, Hank Williams Jr., Skiles and Henderson, Ron Carey.
Sullivan leads a troupe of performers to the capital's Walter Reed Army Hospital to entertain wounded Vietnam veterans. The Carpenters do a medley ("Close to You", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "Always Something There to Remind Me", "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "Walk on By" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"). Freda Payne sings "Band of Gold", "Deeper and Deeper" and "Getting to Know You". The Four Tops supply "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" and "It's All in the Game". Hank Williams, Jr. performs "All For The Love Of Sunshine." Rodney Dangerfield does a stand-up monologue and later tells jokes while playing pool with GI's. Skiles & Henderson contribute three routines: Clark Kent being hospitalized, the Peace Corps, and Cole Porter. Ron Carey also does three routines on football, weightlifting, and Sergeant Monk/Brother Tuck.

November 15, 1970:
Season 23, episode 9

With Abbe Lane, Dick Gregory, Billy Joe Royal, Tommy Roe, Joe South, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill.
Tommy Roe sings "Dizzy" and "Oh Heather Honey"; Billy Joe Royal does "Cherry Hill Park" and "I Knew You When"; Joe South solos "Don't It Made You Want to Go Home" and "Walk A Mile in My Shoes", then teams up with Billy Joe and Tommy for "Games People Play". Abbe Lane sings a medley of gospel songs. Professional automobile racers Sterling Moss, Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill compete by racing toy cars in a model car track with sportswriter Bill Mazur.

November 22, 1970: Salute To Richard Rodgers
Season 23, episode 10

With Herschel Bernardi, Johnny Mathis, Cass Elliot, Shirley Jones, The Lennon Sisters, John Davidson, Minnie Pearl, Jeannie C. Riley, The Peter Gennaro dancers.
Sullivan devotes his entire hour to a tribute to composer Richard Rodgers on his 50th anniversary in show business. Originating from the Hollywood Bowl, music and scenes from five of Rodgers' hit musicals, one from each decade, are featured.

November 29, 1970:
Season 23, episode 11

With Joan Rivers, Buck Owens & His Buckaroos, Norm Crosby.
Buck Owens and the Buckaroos perform "Heartbreak Mountain" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Female impersonator Jim Bailey, dressed as Judy Garland, sings "The Man That Got Away" then (dressed as himself) sings a medley of Beatles' songs: "Get Back" and "Got to Get You into My Life". Joan Rivers does a routine about football players and joins Norm Crosby for a sketch about a man delivering groceries to a sex-starved housewife.

December 6, 1970:
Season 23, episode 12

With Joey Heatherton, Peter Gennaro, Scoey Mitchell, The Three Degrees.
The Grass Roots perform a medley of "I'd Wait A Million Years"/"Midnight Confessions"/"Let's Live For Today" and "Temptation Eyes". The Three Degrees imitate the singing styles of the Supremes and the Andrews Sisters, then sing their own song "I Do Take You". The National Football League's Holiday Halftime (12 NFL players including Fred Dryer) sing "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth". Dancer Peter Gennaro imitates Charlie Chaplin.

December 13, 1970:
Season 23, episode 13

With Bobby Sherman, Guy Marks, Robert Merrill, Ballet Africains.
The New Seekers perform "Look What They've Done to My Song", "Your Song", Baby Face" and "Beautiful People". Bobby Sherman offers "Going Home" and "Song of Joy". Baritone Robert Merrill sings "If I Were a Rich Man" and the Arias from "Aida", "Carmen" and "La Traviata". Hal Linden, Robby Benson and other cast members from the Broadway musical "The Rothschilds" perform "Sons". Marilyn Michaels sings "Swanee" as a tribute to Judy Garland. Guy Marks does a stand-up routine about young love. Ali MacGraw recites a Christmas poem from 1692 while a montage from "Love Story" is shown. Les Ballets Africains (a troupe that performs traditional African dances) performs "Dance of the Lion King".

December 20, 1970: Christmas Special
Season 23, episode 14

Sullivan narrates "The Great Santa Claus Switch", a Christmas musical starring Art Carney and the Muppets. Carney portrays magician Cosmo, who kidnaps Santa and impersonates him in an evil scheme to rob every home in the world on Christmas Eve. Features music by Joe Raposo.

December 27, 1970:
Season 23, episode 15

With Bobbie Gentry, Raphael, Peter Nero, The Friends of Distinction, Slappy White.
The Friends of Distinction do their hit, "Grazing In The Grass"; Bobbie Gentry and the Goose Creek Symphony supply "He Made A Woman Out Of Me", "Cripple Creek" and "Welcome to Goose Creek". Then Gentry sings a gospel medley while playing the piano. Peter Nero and the orchestra do "I Got Rhythm" and "Rhapsody in Blue".

January 3, 1971:
Season 23, episode 16

With Sergio Franchi, O.C. Smith, Jim Bailey, Rodney Dangerfield, John Byner.
O.C. Smith sings "What the World Needs Now", "Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Little Green Apples". Jim Bailey, as Peggy Lee, sings "Why Don't You Do Right", "Manana" and "Fever", then as himself contributes "My Life" and "My Way". Rodney Dangerfield tells jokes about his wife and kids, and comedian-impressionist John Byner appears in two segments.

January 17, 1971:
Season 23, episode 17

With Melina Mercouri, Tony Bennett, Norm Crosby, Judy Carne, Gary Puckett, Irwin C. Watson, The Muppets.
Gary Puckett sings "Keep the Customer Satisfied" and "I Who Have Nothing"; Tony Bennett sings "Love Story,", "What the World Needs Now" and "I'll Begin Again". Miss Mercouri performs "I am Greek" (and dances with audience members) and "Entre Les Lignes" in French and English. Judy Carne sings "Puppet Man" and "I Wonder Who's Kissing Him Now." Norm Crosby's monologue is about playing football in his youth, and comedian Irwin C. Watson does a stand-up routine about racial sensitivity. The Muppets appear in a sketch about a rock 'n' roll drummer finding work in a string quartet.

January 24, 1971:
Season 23, episode 18

With Sergio Franchi, Godfrey Cambridge, Nancy Ames, B.J. Thomas, Peter Gennaro.
B.J. Thomas opens with "No Love At All" and a medley of songs including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "Most of All" and "I Just Can't Help Believin'". He then duets with Nancy Ames on "Your Song", after which Nancy Ames solos "Lady Love" and "Heaven Help Us All". Peter Gennaro and his dancers do an "Impossible Dream" production number. Pro football player Jim O'Brien talks with Ed and does a football demonstration.

January 31, 1971:
Season 23, episode 19

With Connie Stevens, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, The Temptations, Peter Gennaro.
The Temptations do "Get Ready", "Just My Imagination" and a medley. Connie Stevens sings "Tea for Two" and she and Peter Gennaro spoof Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire. Albert Brooks' pair of comedy routines include him playing a struggling ventriloquist and a broker trying to sell TWA stock to Howard Hughes. Stiller & Meara's comedy act features Walter Cronkite interviewing Mrs. Mulcahy.

February 7, 1971:
Season 23, episode 20

With Caterina Valente, Jerry Vale, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Robert Klein.
Gladys Knight & the Pips sing "If I Were Your Woman" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Sid Caesar and Carol Channing perform a scene from their Broadway play "Four on a Garden." Jerry Vale performs "I Want To Make It With You", "My Love, Forgive Me" and "Peace in the Valley". Peter Nero plays the theme from "Love Story". Robert Klein tells jokes about going to the dentist, and Caterina Valente sings "Mack the Knife" in German and "The Girl from Ipanema" in Portuguese.

February 21, 1971:
Season 23, episode 21

With The Fifth Dimension, Tiny Tim, Connie Stevens, Rodney Dangerfield.
The 5th Dimension sing "Love's Lines, Angles and Rhymes" and a medley, then combine with Connie Stevens on "Puppet Man". The duo of Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki ask "Why?" in song, and Connie returns to sing "It's a Blue World", "If I Didn't Care", "Hey Daddy", "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "You Keep Me Hanging On". Impressionist John Byner does celebrity impressions and the Muppets entertain with a sketch called "The Glutton", about an enormous puppet who keeps eating things.

February 28, 1971:
Season 23, episode 22

With Sid Caesar, Shirley Bassey, George Carlin, The Everly Brothers, David Brenner, Jerry Butler.
The Everly Brothers sing "Bowling Green" and a medley featuring "Mama Tried", "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love". Jerry Butler performs "Where Are You Going?", his song from the 1970 movie "Joe". Shirley Bassey adds "What About Today" and "Yesterday When I Was Young." Sid Caesar appears in a French restaurant comedy sketch with Ed and Shirley. Carlin does a routine about Muhammad Ali, then one where he portrays his character Al Sweet, The Hippy Dippy Weatherman.

March 7, 1971:
Season 23, episode 23

With Roy Clark, Louis Nye, Teresa Graves, Jeannie C. Riley.
Tonight's edition spotlights talented members of the armed forces selected from performances at local music festivals throughout the world. Professional entertainers shared the stage with the military entertainers during the talent hunt.

March 21, 1971:
Season 23, episode 24

With Oliver, Bernadette Peters, Georgie Kaye, George Hamilton, Skiles & Henderson.
Oliver begins with "Early Morning Rain" and "Walking Down the Line"; Bernadette Peters sings "Look for the Silver Lining" and duets with Oliver on "Yes, Yes, Bernadette". Actor George Hamilton croons "If I Could Read Your Mind".

March 28, 1971:
Season 23, episode 25

With Norman Windom, Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass, David Frye, Sandler and Young.
Melanie sings "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma", "Alexander Beetle" and "Ruby Tuesday". Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass perform "I Saw the Light", "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Down Yonder." David Frye does impressions of Richard Nixon and other well-known figures.

April 4, 1971:
Season 23, episode 26

Nancy Sinatra is showcased in a special edition of the Ed Sullivan Show taped during her appearance at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last September. Sharing the bill are the Osmond Bros. and the Blossoms vocal trio. Billy Strange conducts the orchestra in a musical program of rock, pop and ballads.

May 30, 1971:
Season 23, episode 27

With Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Loretta Lynn, The New Seekers.
Jack Jones hosts this special edition of the Ed Sullivan Show singing "Get Together" and "If I Could Read Your Mind". Loretta Lynn follows with "I Wanna Be Free" and "Coal Miner's Daughter" and teams up with Jack for "Move It On Home". The New Seekers do "Look What They've Done to My Song", "Beautiful People" and "Nickel Man." Loretta also does a spoken-word version of "God Bless America". The Stiller & Meara comedy team does a parody of insurance commercials, a pilot being afraid to fly, a woman telling a man she's pregnant, and a parody of a detergent commercial. Later in the show, they do a routine where Walter Cronkite interviews the mother of a student protester.


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