music clips from the history of “The Ed Sullivan Show” are included in a new special that begins airing Saturday nationally on PBS stations.
“Ed Sullivan's Top Performers” features the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Turtles, the Mamas & the Papas, Tom Jones, the Fifth Dimension, the Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Johnny Rivers.
"This special takes you back to the original moments of the artists and songs when they first broke with a focus on the late '60s, this collection of rock and roll classics exemplifies the defining back beat in the soundtrack of our lives," said TJ Lubinsky of TJL Productions, which produced the show.
Included in the show are two clips each by the Beatles ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You") and the Rolling Stones ("Ruby Tuesday," "Paint It, Black") plus top 10 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'").
Also included are "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" by The Fifth Dimension, The Association's "Never My Love" and "Along Comes Mary" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary."
The show is a sequel to “Ed Sullivan's Rock & Roll Classics" that aired in 2009.
A companion CD set, “Rock, Pop & Soul,” with over 100 original 1960s recordings, will be sold during pledge breaks.