Category Archives: Television 1950s

Frankie Lymon performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 22 1957)


Video: 'Frankie Lymon - Goody Goody HD (The Ed Sullivan Show (December 22, 1957)'

(Sunday, December 22, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Frankie Lymon performed “Goody Goody” and “It’s Christmas Time Once Again” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading Frankie Lymon performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 22 1957)

Pearson claims JFK’s ‘Profiles in Courage’ book was ghostwritten by aide 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1957)


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(Saturday, December 7, 1957, 10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) — Journalist Drew Pearson claimed Senator John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Profiles in Courage was “ghostwritten for him” by Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen during a live interview on tonight‘s The Mike Wallace Interview program on ABC-TV (click here to watch the interview, the Kennedy reference begins at 12:25). Continue reading Pearson claims JFK’s ‘Profiles in Courage’ book was ghostwritten by aide 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1957)

Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke make national TV debuts on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1957)


Video: 'Buddy Holly & His Crickets "That'll Be The Day" on The Ed Sullivan Show'

(Sunday, December 1, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” and Sam Cooke sang “You Send Me” and “For Sentimental Reasons” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke make national TV debuts on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1957)

‘The Edsel Show’ first videotaped TV special 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 13 1957)


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(Sunday, October 13, 1957, 8:00 p.m.-8:58 p.m. EDT)The Edsel Show, an hour-long television special to promote Ford Motor Company’s new, ill-fated Edsel cars, was broadcast live tonight on CBS, starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. Continue reading ‘The Edsel Show’ first videotaped TV special 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 13 1957)

‘Captain Jack’ episode airs on ‘Leave It to Beaver’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 11 1957)


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(Friday, October 11, 1957, 7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. EDT) — Wally and Beaver order a baby alligator through the mail and hide him in their toilet tank on tonight’s episode of the CBS sitcom television series Leave It to Beaver. Continue reading ‘Captain Jack’ episode airs on ‘Leave It to Beaver’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 11 1957)

The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1957)


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(Sunday, October 6, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — The Everly Brothers performed “Wake Up Little Susie” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1957)

‘Leave It to Beaver’ series debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 4 1957)


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(Friday, October 4, 1957, 7:30-8:00 p.m EDT)Leave It to Beaver, an American television sitcom about an inquisitive and often naïve boy and his adventures in his suburban neighborhood, premiered as a regular series tonight on CBS-TV, starring Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers. Continue reading ‘Leave It to Beaver’ series debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 4 1957)

George Burns, Gracie Allen perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 29 1957)


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(Sunday, September 29, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — George Burns and Gracie Allen performed a comedy routine on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from Hollywood. Continue reading George Burns, Gracie Allen perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 29 1957)

‘Perry Mason’ series debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 21 1957)


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(Saturday, September 21, 1957, 7:30-8:30 p.m EDT)Perry Mason, a legal mystery-drama about a fictional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, premiered tonight on CBS-TV, starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman and Ray Collins. Continue reading ‘Perry Mason’ series debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 21 1957)

‘American Bandstand,’ hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)


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(Monday, August 5, 1957, 3:00-4:30 p.m EDT) — The teenage dance television show American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut today on ABC. Continue reading ‘American Bandstand,’ hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)