Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guestsby Michael Harris
Ed first learns I have written a book when I hand him a finished manuscript. Naively, I imagine he'll be flattered, but when he reads it, he blows his stack and stops speaking to me. He's furious. I am revealing more about him, more backstage gossip and more details about the inner workings of the show than he wants
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The Beatles, Ed Sullivan and the Author
Ed first learns I have written a book when I hand him a finished manuscript. Naively, I imagine he'll be flattered, but when he reads it, he blows his stack and stops speaking to me. He's furious. I am revealing more about him, more backstage gossip and more details about the inner workings of the show than he wants made public.
Fortunately for me and for Always On Sunday, Ed simmers down eventually and decides my unauthorized biography is "magnificent." He promotes it in his newspaper column, in interviews and in joint television appearances with me. Ed helps turn the book he initially hated into a national bestseller.
During my 11 years on the Sullivan show, no one created more excitement than the Beatles. February 7, 1964: Kennedy Airport. Their first trip to the United States. The screaming fans! The haircuts! The sassy answers! Welcome to New York! The entire country focuses on this place and these young men. Including me. I am meeting their plane. A CBS public relations executive for years. Now the network's press representative on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Ed was warned not to sign the Beatles: "You're crazy! No British group has ever made it big in this country." A month before they arrive, they are still unknown in America. Every reporter I contact turns down my invitation to go with me to JFK.
Two weeks later, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" rockets to the top of the charts. Beatlemania crosses the Atlantic, and I am besieged by thousands of ticket requests. Reporters plead to join me at JFK.
On February 14, I greet the Beatles again, this time in Miami for a second Sullivan show. I do my best to stay out of the way but, thanks to papparazzi determined to cash in on every shot of the Fab Four, I appear in photos published around the world (including the NY Post). In the captions I am called a Beatle, a case of mistaken identity I still laugh about with my wife, best-selling novelist Ruth Harris.
When I return to New York, Ed searches for me backstage. One stagehand is impressed. "Ed must really like you," he says. "You've only worked for him for four years, and he already knows your name."
Ed And The Celebrities Who Loved Him -- Or Not!
Why did Frank Sinatra take out an ad saying, "Ed, you're sick, sick, sick."?
You'll find out in Always On Sunday.
Why did Mary Tyler Moore sue "The Ed Sullivan Show"?
You'll find out in Always On Sunday.
Why did CBS cancel Bob Dylan's appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- against Ed's wishes?
You'll find out in Always On Sunday.
Elvis' fans kissed him where? Ed was stunned when Elvis explained. What did Elvis say?
You'll find out in Always On Sunday
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Meet the Author
Michael Harris was a public relations executive at CBS for many years, eleven of them on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Michael was the first person to greet the Beatles on their arrival in the United States and is the author of the national bestseller, ALWAYS ON SUNDAY: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra and Ed’s Other Guests.
Michael's highly acclaimed memoir, THE ATOMIC TIMES: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground, is based on a more fraught experience, the 1955 U.S. H-Bomb tests, and has been called Catch-22 with radiation! Area 51 meets Dr. Strangelove! Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by Random House, THE ATOMIC TIMES was called: “A gripping memoir leavened by humor, loyalty and pride of accomplishment. A tribute to the resilience, courage and patriotism of the American soldier.” —Henry Kissinger (The Atomic Times is available in a Nook edition.)
Michael is also co-author with his wife, Ruth, of two thrillers, HOOKED and BRAINWASHED, both available in NOOK editions.
RUTH HARRIS is a million-copy New York Times bestselling author and Romantic Times award winner. Translated into 19 languages and sold in hardcover and paperback editions in more than 30 countries, Ruth's books, DECADES, HUSBANDS AND LOVERS, LOVE AND MONEY, MODERN WOMEN, THE LAST ROMANTICS, THE CHANEL CAPER and ZURI, A Love Story, were chosen by prominent book clubs like Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club. All of Ruth's books are available in NOOK editions. She indulges her wild side writing thrillers with her husband, Michael.
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"Always on Sunday" is loaded with anecdotes and opinions. These are fun. But, the book really is great when the disputes and battles and disagreements, i.e. feuds, are discussed. Great stuff. Also, the show overview in the final chapter is brilliant. Unfortunately, chapter 5 in the ebook is a structural mess. There are missing sections; sections presented out of order, and horrid mistakes that make no sense. Please fix this chapter. But all things considered, the book was most enjoyable.
Always On Sunday is a very interesting book about the behind the scenes ongoings of the Ed Sullivan Show. The writing is simple and easy to understand. The stories are varied and interesting. Overall I really enjoyed this book.
I myself watched a lot of these show when I was a child. It was great to hear about the person behind the camera. He introduced a lot of great acts back then. Brought back a lot of great memories.
Poorly edited, this edition has many errors in printing, such as missing or mixed up paragraphs, lack of continuity, and spelling mistakes. More disappointing though, is the content so far. It is a collection of anecdotes, none of which are developed beyond a line or two, so the overall tone is like name-dropping. He'll say something like (and this is made up here) "Best of all was the night that Ed had a Shetland pony appear as a special guest. The pony had to be brought in by the freight elevator, but building rules wouldn't allow that to happen after 6 pm." Then he moves on to another topic, leaving the reader wondering what the rest of that story was. I will give him credit in that he does try to convey a sense of who Ed Sullivan was as a person, beyond the personality that we saw each Sunday night on TV. But the book is very superficial.
Poorly written and, despite the subject matter, rather borning. Couldn't finish it.
give me my money back, please. old gossip rehashed.
I found this book kind of boring, which is crazy, because Ed Sullivan met every interesting performer of every genre, plus the claim that it's told from an insider's point of view who knew Ed Sullivan for years. What can I say? Ed Sullivan himself was just that - boring. And he wasn't really interested in the performers as people - he didn't really socialize with them, and never said anything interesting about them unless he was on t.v. His life revolved around his wife and child, and, other than meeting all these famous people, he really wasn't the star attraction. That may be why his television show was so wildly successful, but it makes for a sort of limp, not so interesting bio. I was plodding through this, waiting for something super interesting to happen, and about 2/3 of the way through I never got back to it. Ran out of momentum. BO-RING!