SERIES PREMIER ON THIS DAY IN 1948

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From left: Guests Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin on Toast of the Town

In 1948, the CBS television network was planning a weekly variety series
and  Newspaper columnist Ed Sullivan was chosen as host. The series
premiered on June 20, 1948 as the Toast of the Town. The show featured
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performing along with singer Monica Lewis
and Broadway composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. On
September 18, 1955, the series was given its new title The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Ed Sullivan surrounded by the lovely June Taylor Dancers

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