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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Most Glaring Omission

I bet you never thought you'd  hear me say an old dead newspaper guy needs to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But that's exactly what I'm advocating. Okay--he started out as a newspaper guy and then started hosting a long-running variety show on CBS. You know the guy who introduced the Beatles to America? Yeah, that guy. Ed Sullivan. I was really surprised when I browsed through the list of Hall of Fame members and did not see Ed's name. There is a category for non-performers, so it's not like we have to make up a new category for him. Some of the non-performers on the list include Alan Freed (the disc jockey who made up the term rock and roll), Sam Phillips (Sun Studios founder), and Leo Fender (the electric guitar/amp guy). Dick Clark makes the list and so does crazy-as-a-loon producer Phil Spector..not that the distinction does him any good in prison! The Ed Sullivan Show ran on CBS from 1948 to 1971, and during that time he introduced America to a lot of great musical acts. Of course, there was that big performance in 1964 of the Beatles..but he also brought many other British Invasion acts to the attention of the American public, including the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Gerry & The Pacemakers and Petula Clark. Even before the British invasion, Ed Sullivan brought rock and roll into America's living rooms...with appearances by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. And for the most part, their performances were live, and not lip-synched as was the case on most shows during that era. Ed Sullivan may not have known much about rock music, but he knew what the kids wanted to see. And if he hadn't brought it to them, we might still be listening to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. This is a commercial for a compilation of videos from the Ed Sullivan show..and it gives you a glimpse of what we got to watch every Sunday night.

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