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Rolling Stones Meet Ed Sullivan

Rolling Stones Meet Ed Sullivan

October 25, 1964
but first, Dean Martin’s Hollywood Palace
The Stones appeared on Dean Martin's Hollywood Palace on June 3, 1964 at the start of their first American tour (June 5 > June 20) promoting the release of their first album, The Rolling Stones, England's Newest Hitmakers. The band would do eleven shows in total. While not the kind of success that the Beatles met, the tour did give the Stones enough visibility and radio-play to keep them amongst the many British musicians dominating the charts.

You can easily hear how so-called established musicians thought these visitors were a temporary fad and one easily made fun of. Certainly Martin's writers thought so.

True to their roots, the Stones played Willie Dixon's  "I Just Want to Make Love to You."

After meeting Dean Martin

It had been 259 days since THE night. That is, 259 days since John, Paul, George, and Ringo changed the way we Americans listened to music and what music we listened to.

For three weeks in a row we sat in our Sunday evening seats--likely a living room--in front of the TV--likely a black and white--and smiled at our group. Not our parents' group.

British Invasion

The Beatles dominated the charts. By October 1964 they'd had five #1 songs and three #1 albums. In fact, the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack album had just dropped out of the #1 spot on October 24 after 14 weeks!

Of course, it wasn't just the Beatles. The flood gates had opened and British performer after British performer saturated the top ten airwaves:
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Dave Clark Five
  • The Searchers
  • Billy J Kramer
  • Peter and Gordon
  • Gerry & the Pacemakers
  • The Animals
  • Manfred MAnn
  • Chad & Jeremy
  • The Honeycombs
  • The Nashville Teens
  • The Kinks
  • The Zombies
  • Herman’s Hermits

Rolling Stones Meet Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan Meets Rolling Stones

And here came the Rolling Stones. Now their second American tour of 1964. This one from October 24 thru November 15, 1964. On this tour, the band supported their second album 12 X 5. There first chart hit would not come until "Time Is On My Side" which reached a high point of #6 on Billboard on November 7 that year.

They performed on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time on October 25. Still true to their roots, their first song was Chuck Berry's "Around and Around."  Their second song, also a cover was "Time On My Side" written by record producer extraordinaire, Jerry Ragovoy.

The audience, mainly teenage girls, screamed over their song, an occurrence now familiar to viewers. Ed Sullivan, as he'd done with the Beatles, gushed over their performance while some critics felt that the Beatles, formally not very clean-cut, appeared dapper compared to the "unkempt" Stones. Such it would be. One critic sent a telegram calling the act "trash." 
Rolling Stones Meet Ed SullivanThe Rolling Stones returned to the Sullivan show the following spring and eventually went on to make 6 appearances. Here's the list.

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Ed Sullivan Meets Beatles Again

Ed Sullivan Meets Beatles Again

February 16, 1964

A week ago I noted the anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan Show, the first time that the Beatles appeared live on American television. One week later, they appeared on Ed Sullivan again. Again live, but this time in Miami at the Deauville Hotel where they were staying.

The Beatles had endured a snow storm after their first Sullivan appearance and had to take a train to Washington, DC for their first American concert (The Beatles Meet Washington) on February 11. They flew back to NYC the next day to appear at Carnegie Hall.

Ed Sullivan Meets Beatles Again
Beatles at Carnegie Hall Feb. 12, 1964. (AP Photo)

The next day, they flew down to Miami. After the miserable weather of New York and Washington, Florida’s weather was a welcome respite.

Ed Sullivan Meets Beatles Again

From the Beatles Bible siteOne week after their record-breaking debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles made their second live appearance.

A rehearsal took place at 2 pm, which was filmed but not broadcast.

The performance took place at The Beatles’ Miami hotel, the Deauville, from 8pm-9pm, in front of an audience of 2,600. CBS had given out 3,500, and police had to calm angry ticket holders who were denied entry.

Ed Sullivan Meets Beatles Again

There were some tech hiccups at the start. Paul’s mic isn’t turned up enough and John’s was set too low, but all recover and the Beatles, who’ve likely had to deal with far more serious issues, completed the three songs.

Remarkably, given the ratings success of their appearance on 9 February, The Beatles did not top the bill this time; Mitzi Gaynor was the headliner. Also on the bill was Myron Cohen, and boxers Joe Louis and Sonny Listen were both in the audience at the Deauville.

Ed Sullivan Meets Beatles Again

The Beatles performed six songs: She Loves You, This Boy, All My Loving, I Saw Her Standing There, From Me To You and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

The show was watched by an estimated 70 million people in 22,445,000 homes, and was repeated on 20 September 1964 at 8 pm. After filming the hotel’s owner, Maurice Lansberg, gave a party for the performers and crew who worked on the show; the food included lobster, beef, chicken and fish.

Ed Sullivan Meets Beatles Again


Ed Sullivan Meets the Beatles Again

Ed Sullivan Meets the Beatles Again

Ed Sullivan Meets the Beatles Again

Ed Sullivan Meets the Beatles Again

Ed Sullivan Meets the Beatles Again

Ed Sullivan Meets the Beatles Again

Ed Sullivan Meets the Beatles Again



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October 25 Peace Love Activism

October 25 Peace Love Activism


Slave Revolts
October 25 – November 2, 1859: trial of John Brown. Following is John Brown's last speech after his trial by by the Commonwealth of Virginia in Charles Town, Virginia (now part of West Virginia). Brown stated:           
I have, may it please the court, a few words to say. In the first place, I deny everything but what I have all along admitted -- the design on my part to free the slaves. I intended certainly to have made a clean thing of that matter, as I did last winter when I went into Missouri and there took slaves without the snapping of a gun on either side, moved them through the country, and finally left them in Canada. I designed to have done the same thing again on a larger scale. That was all I intended. I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.

I have another objection; and that is, it is unjust that I should suffer such a penalty. Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case)--had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends--either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class--and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right; and every man in this court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment.

This court acknowledges, as I suppose, the validity of the law of God. I see a book kissed here which I suppose to be the Bible, or at least the New Testament. That teaches me that all things whatsoever I would that men should do to me, I should do even so to them. It teaches me, further, to "remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them." I endeavored to act up to that instruction. I say I am yet too young to understand that God is any respecter of persons. I believe that to have interfered as I have done--as I have always freely admitted I have done--in behalf of His despised poor was not wrong, but right. Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments--I submit; so let it be done!

Let me say one word further.

I feel entirely satisfied with the treatment I have received on my trial. Considering all the circumstances it has been more generous than I expected. But I feel no consciousness of guilt. I have stated that from the first what was my intention and what was not. I never had any design against the life of any person, nor any disposition to commit treason, or excite slaves to rebel, or make any general insurrection. I never encouraged any man to do so, but always discouraged any idea of that kind.

Let me say also a word in regard to the statements made by some of those connected with me. I her it has been stated by some of them that I have induced them to join me. But the contrary is true. I do not say this to injure them, but as regretting their weakness. There is not one of them but joined me of his own accord, and the greater part of them at their own expense. A number of them I never saw, and never had a word of conversation with till the day they came to me; and that was for the purpose I have stated.

Now I have done. 

(see Dec 2)
School desegregation
October 25, 1958: more than 10,000 marched in Washington, DC for integrated schools. Martin Luther King was scheduled to speak, but he had been stabbed shortly before the march (see Sept 20) and his speech his wife Correta Scott King delivered it. (SD, see April 18, 1959)

In 1959 Charles Mingus released Fables of Faubus aimed at Arkansas governor Orval Fabus. Uncomfortable with the lyrics, Columbia records turned the song into an instrumental (see Jan 12)
October 25, 1960: King sent to Reidsville (GA) State Prison for parole violation stemming from his May 4, 1960 arrest for driving without a license. ((BH & MLK, see Oct 26)

US Labor History

Doctor Matthew Shields

October 25 Peace Love Activism

October 25, 1889: twenty-five anthracite coal miners from the Jermyn Coal Colliery in northeastern Pennsylvania attend what is believed to be the first formal training on first aid. Believing that many lives could be saved with quick, efficient medical care until a physician arrived, local doctor Matthew Shields set up a series of courses for the miners who, upon completion, were prepared and able to render first aid to their co-workers. (see Oct 29)

Technological Milestone

October 25, 1951: manufacturing of color television was put on hold at the request of Defense Mobilizer Charles E. Wilson and the National Production Authority due to scarcity of metals and the conflict in Korea.

By the end of 1951, 23.5% of US homes will have a TV set. (see Nov 10)


October 25, 1955: Austria independent again. (see January 1, 1956)

see Cuban Missile Crisis for full story

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October 25, 1962
  •  the Chinese People’s Daily announced that “650,000,000 Chinese men and women were standing by the Cuban people”.
  • at the United Nations, ambassador Adlai Stevenson confronted Soviet Ambassador Valerian Zorin in an emergency meeting challenging him to admit the existence of the missiles.
  • Soviets responded to the blockade by turning back 14 ships presumably carrying offensive weapons. (NYT article)


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Rolling Stones

October 25, 1964: the Rolling Stones perform on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

Space Race

October 25, 1968: The Soviets launch the unmanned Soyuz 2. A day later Soyuz 3, piloted by Georgii Beregovoi, launches and completes a rendezvous with Soyuz 2 in orbit. (see Nov 10)


October 25, 1972:  The first female FBI agents are hired. (NYT article) (see Jan 22, 1973)


October 25, 1976: at its regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners of the Skokie Park District direct Daniel D. Brown, Director of Parks and Recreation, to respond to Mr. Collin of the Nationalist Socialist Party that Skokie has no "Birch Park". In addition, the Board passes an ordinance relating to "Parades and Public Assemblies" which required that prospective marchers to 1) obtain a permit at least thirty days in advance of the parade date and 2) post an insurance bond equal to $350,000.00. (see April 28, 1977)


Lewis v. Harris
October 25, 2006: The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Lewis v. Harris that same-sex couples were entitled to all state-level spousal rights and responsibilities. The court defered to the legislature on the question of how to extend these rights and responsibilities, suggesting the state either permit couples to marry or create a separate legal status for same-sex couples, such as civil union.  (NJ, see, Dec 14; LGBTQ, see Nov 7, 2006)
Attorney General Eric Holder

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October 25, 2014:  Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government would recognizing gay marriage in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming and extended federal benefits to those couples. Gay marriage had recently became legal. (Time magazine article) (see Oct 27)

Occupy Wall Street

October 25, 2011: Oakland, CA. Police use force to disband a group of Occupy protesters and Iraq War veteran, Scott Olsen, was severely wounded. (see Nov 15; Olsen, see March 15, 2012) 


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