On June 30, 1957, Ed Sullivan hosted Don and Phil Everly on his Sunday evening broadcast. The Everly Brothers sang “Bye, Bye Love,” their first Cadence Records single which had been recorded in February. An earlier recording, “Keep A’ Lovin’ Me” with Columbia Records in 1956, had been a flop. Written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, “Bye, Bye Love” had been rejected by numerous artists, reportedly including Elvis Presley, before taking the close-harmonizing, guitar-playing duo to #2 on the pop charts and #1 on the country and R&B charts. The Everly-Bryant team generated many hits, of which “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do is Dream” are probably the best-known. The Everlys toured extensively with Buddy Holly through 1957 and on into 1958.
Also on this episode of Sullivan’s show: footage from the premier of The Prince and the Showgirl at Radio City Music Hall. Ed appeared in the clip with Bernard Baruch (financier, stock-market speculator, and economic advisor to Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt), Polly Bergen (actress and singer), William Randolph Hearst Jr.(editor-in-chief of Hearst Newspapers), Sugar Ray Robinson (welterweight and middleweight boxing champion), Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy (attorney, currently serving as Chief Counsel under Senator John L. McClellan on the US Senate Labor Rackets Committee), Marilyn Monroe (star of The Prince and the Showgirl), and Arthur Miller (famous playwright and Mr. Marilyn Monroe). The audience was also treated to scenes from the newly-released movie.
For an extra treat, head on over to Getty Images to see news photos of Ed Sullivan adjusting Marilyn’s earring!