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12 Famous Performances On The Ed Sullivan Show That We'll Never Forget

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The Ed Sullivan Show, is remembered as one of the most iconic television variety shows, featuring over 10,000 performers in its 23-year run. With so many artists riddled with talent, it's hard to remember everyone who once took the stage.

With that in mind, here are 12 musicians we forgot were on The Ed Sullivan Show:

1. Barbara Streisand

The renown Broadway star, movie star, and singing sensation, Barbra Streisand first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1962.

Streisand would make a total of five appearances on the variety show and win the “Best Female Singer of the Year Award” in 1970 on a special “Sullivan” awards show.

2. Buddy Holly

Fresh off the release of their debut album, Buddy Holly & His Crickets would make their first appearance in 1957, with a followup the year later.

Sadly, Holly's career was short lived as the rising star died in a plane crash at the age of 22. Musician Don McLean would later sing Holly's death was “The Day the Music Died” in his song “American Pie.”

3. Elvis Presley

With immense popularity, the King of Rock was a beloved musician with millions of fans, and the views he received on The Ed Sullivan Show proved it. 60 million viewers tuned in to Presley's first appearance on the variety show, prompting him to return to two more times.

With 18 number one hits and 38 in the top 10, the crooner passed away at the age of 42 from a heart attack.

4. Judy Garland

The great Judy Garland appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1963 when the variety show host took his audience to London. She would also take the stage in 1965 back in the U.S.

Unfortunately the troubled singer would pass away from a drug overdose at 47-years-old.

5. Liza Minnelli

An Ed Sullivan favourite, Liza Minnelli would dazzle on the show's stage nearly a dozen times. Along with a successful singing career, Minnelli would also appear in several movies and Broadway musicals. So far in her career, Minnelli has garnered three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards.

6. Ike and Tina Turner

Prior to Ike and Tina Turner's divorce, the couple formed The Ike and Tina Turner Revue. The duo would make an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1970, giving an enticing performance. Unfortunately Ike and Tina Turner ended their relationship of eight years, thus breaking up the band. Tina would continue on with a successful career, while Ike passed away in 2007 from a drug overdose.

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