i want that dvd
what are your thoughts on this dvdSeveral sites mention that negotiations and discussions are still on the way for the potential "Elvis On Ed Sullivan" DVD should for the first time feature all 3 Ed Sullivan shows Elvis performed on plus bonus material. A total of 15 performances from Elvis from September 9, 1956, October 28, 1956 and January 7, 1957 will be made available with the rest of the original shows in a 1-or 2-DVD package (still tbc) mastered with today's technology for optimum sound and picture.
i want that dvd
i always thought ed sullliavan was a creep
he bad mouthed elvis then when he became so big he wanted himm on his show
then kissed his *** calling him a good decent boy or whatever it was
I didn't know Ed Sullivan badmouthed Elvis before he became big...
Well, that just shows his true colours...and that he was two-faced...
Originally Posted by franny
There is a couple ways it can be taken IMO. One Elvis became so big he wanted the audience Elvis drew so he faked it and said he was "a good decent boy" after Elvis drew big ratings for him.
Elvis was considered the anti establishment by a lot of the older generation back then. For 1955, 1956 Rock n Roll was still new, Elvis was raw and wild and dangerous to a lot of folks . They went off publicity, rumors , Some people tend to band wagon jump and go along with the crowd when someone says something is bad. One thing that remains a constant generation after generation is the new one, is never as good to the last, as their own . Then He met Elvis, was around him, realized he wasn't what he thought before and was admitting maybe he was wrong by saying he was a fine decent boy, in his way letting Parents that maybe liked Ed know Elvis isn't evil, he's ok for your kids.
The second is how I personally view it.
I agree that Ed probably received huge ratings with Elvis on the show and so it would definitely be in his favour to make a public statement on tv that Elvis was a fine decent boy (which he was)...at least Ed said something nice and it may have influenced the audience in a positive way, but they should have had a mind of their own and not wait for Ed Sullivan to do their thinking for them...Originally Posted by JDD
I eagerly anticipate this DVD set and hope it lives up to expectations.
A quality release of these performances is long overdue, not to mention a complete release. (as with all the 50's TV show performances in actuality).
The shows in their entirity would be an interesting historical document, but for repeated viewing let's hope it is also authored in such a way to make individual performance selection easy.
As for Ed Sullivan, I'm not sure you need to be too hard on the guy.
He had a hugly popular family TV show, and wasn't the only member of the establishment to be wary of Elvis Presley and this new sort of music that was sweeping the nation.
The important thing is that after meeting Elvis and working with him, he clearly felt differently about our man, to the extent that he even made a point of endorsing Elvis as being thoroughly alright and a decent fine boy.
Words that may well have been taken on board by many of his loyal audience members.
In any event, his closing endorsement of Elvis always sounded completely sincere to me and I've always kinda liked the guy.
'What, honey ? ..... one scarf for the balcony ?! ........... OK ........... gimme a baseball ! ............ there's no way unless you put a rock in it'.
(Las Vegas - 7th December 1975)
I have a VCD that has all of Elvis' apprearnces on the Ed Sullivan Show, don't think this is the same though, but still enjoy watching it .
"How do I get placed in situations like this? Ah hell, I guess it's all part of showbusiness "~ Elvis in his limo on his way to perform in Omaha, NE on June 19th 1977
thanks for all your comments some intresting views on this dvd.
I don't think Ed was really two-faced either. He just didn't understand Elvis or his music. We have to put Elvis in the context of the time to understand how the older generation viewed him on first sight. It's precisely because the older generation didn't 'get it' and were even slightly threatened by this new music that it was as popular with the kids as it became. Adults weren't supposed to get it :-) But there are very many examples of those whose opinion of Elvis changed on meeting him. I believe that is precisely what happened in the case of Ed Sullivan and it's good that he was man enough to say it.Originally Posted by franny
Ed Sullivan was only doing Family Variety shows at the time he heard of Elvis and when Elvis started getting national attention, Sullivan said he would never book h im because he was too racy for Family Television. Fast forward to the Dorsey Brothers and Milton Berle and Sullivan realized that in order to keep his ratings up he would have to eat his words and book him. That was also the turning point for the " Ed Sullivan Show" because, after Elvis and realizing the teenage market, Ed Sullivan became the show you had to be on if you were going to make it big as a performer. Kind of like Johnny Carson and comedians.
I have to give Ed Sullivan credit though. After all the negative hype Elvis got after his famous "Hound Dog" performance, it was cool of him to say what he did, and to let Elvis sing " Peace in the Valley" for his mom.
As far as the DVD, I will definately buy it.
Got my family, my kids, my books and my music, I'm good, yeah, I'm good.....
I may have been a little harsh in using the word "two-faced", but it's the first thing that came to my mind that day..it's true that most adults at that time weren't crazy about Elvis...yes, Ed Sullivan did say some nice words that made others change their minds' about Elvis, so for that I'm grateful...Originally Posted by T_J