Trivia / Ed Sullivan Show

  • Colbert Bump: The Beatles and Elvis both caused mutual Colbert Bumps, with the show and the musicians both becoming more popular after their appearance.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bob Dylan was slated to make his first nationwide television appearance on the show in 1963, but walked out when the show's producers told him he couldn't sing his intended song, "Talkin' John Birch Paranoia Blues", due to its then-controversial references to communism.
  • Writer Revolt: When The Doors performed "Light My Fire", they were told to change the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" due to its alleged drug reference. The band eventually relented, and performed it accordingly in rehearsal, only for Jim Morrison to sing the original line on the air.