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Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, we lost Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, at 81-years-young (as Sarah Silverman tweeted: "She wasn't done."). Rivers was a true trailblazer. Known now for the red carpet, she began with the glass ceiling, shattering it by telling-- and sometimes shouting -- unspoken truths. "A girl, you're 30-years-old, you're not married -- you're an old maid," she said, satirizing the prevalent culture. "A man, he's 90-years-old, he's not married -- he's a catch!" That was 1967 on the Ed Sullivan Show. "My act spoke to women who weren't able to talk about things," she said. "I was talking about things that were really true." And she never stopped. Through all her iterations, struggles, ups and downs, there was never anything fake about her -- except for her plastic-surgery-altered face, which, of course, she gleefully lampooned. Asked what she wanted on her tombstone, she replied: "She had a great time." As did we.

10 Things I Loved About 'Motown the Musical'

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 08.20.2014 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

On "press night," August 19, I saw Motown the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. I like musicals so I was prepared to like it but not love it.

Larry Storch: Still a Stand-Up Guy

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 08.25.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

Something wonderful is happening tomorrow (or Thursday the 26th, if tomorrow isn't Thursday where you are). Larry Storch is performing comedy in New York.

The Rolling Stones: In the Shadow of the Beatles Again?

John Covach | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
John Covach

In many ways the Beatles and Stones define the British invasion of the mid 1960s; so considering the recent frenzied hubbub over the Fab Four, where is the laudatory fuss over the Stones' 50th anniversary?

Billy Valentine's Brit Eyed Soul

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.08.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Brit Eyed Soul, Billy Valentine's forthcoming album of songs by British rockers inspired by the American soul music of the '50s and '60s, hearkens bac...

The Beatles On Ed Sullivan? Heck, Just 170 Days Later, I Saw Them Live!

Binky Philips | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

During dinner, one night in June of 1964, out of the blue, my father announced that he'd bought tickets for The Beatles show in New York at the end of the summer.

Demystifying the Beatles: 5 Common Myths

John Covach | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
John Covach

Several myths about the band and the circumstances of the Fab Four's first American television, film and live performances persist

Arctic Monkeys Swing Into Action at MSG

Salvatore Bono | Posted 04.12.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

It was relevant how, in the midst of a Polar Vortex, the Arctic Monkeys would stage their very first headlining concert at the world's most famous are...

"Some Fun Tonight": Not Just Another High End Boutique Coffee Table Book On The Beatles... This is a Monument!

Binky Philips | Posted 04.11.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I met a Beatle once. It was an after-soundcheck meet 'n' greet for one of his All Stars shows at Radio City Music Hall, 1992. There were about 35 of us, waiting in the dead-center of the orchestra seats at Radio City, about 5:30 in the afternoon.

The Beatles on Sullivan: You Say You Want a Revolution?

Michael Winship | Posted 04.10.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was less than three months after the Kennedy assassination, bringing across the Atlantic a whiff of much needed fresh air, a reacquaintance with joy we all had been craving since November 22, 1963.

Magical History Tour -- and Your Fave Fab Four Album Is in the Cards

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Colm Mulcahy

For many, the magic associated with the best of the 1960s will always be inextricably entwined with the phenomenon of the Beatles.

How We Ate In 1964, When The Beatles Were On Ed Sullivan

Bon Appetit | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste
Bon Appetit

Here's a look at how we were eating in 1964, and how it's changed -- or hasn't -- today.

Tribute to the Beatles -- and Sid Bernstein Who Brought Them to America

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Starr

In our radio conversation, Sid told the intriguing story of his chance discovery of the Beatles and how he negotiated with their manager to book the Beatles into Carnegie Hall for a mere $4,000.

Cherrytree Records Extravaganza: Ivy Levan and Sting Set to Rock Beatles on Letterman; RAC Readies New Album; Much More

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Remember when you first heard "Roxanne"? I do. I was a child in a record store without a clue about the song's theme. Not sure I could've identified reggae, let alone purloined reggae. But I well recall my impression.

How Did the Beatles Go Viral 50 Years Ago? Here's the Book That Solves the Riddle

Howard Polskin | Posted 04.03.2014 | Books
Howard Polskin

On the night of February 9, 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show introduced the Beatles to a mass audience and Beatlemania officially erupted in the United States. But was their first major U.S. television appearance really the catalyst that fueled their immense American popularity?

The Beatles Tribute You Don't Want To Miss

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 01.28.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's an easy way to give pop music's most performance-hardened stars a case of the butterflies: Ask them to perform in front o...

Richard Pryor, Furious Cool, and an Early Thanksgiving

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In what is clearly (and beautifully) a labor of love, brothers David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming ...

4 Iconic Beatles Moments On TV We'll Never Forget

Posted 06.25.2013 | Fifty

On this day in 1967, the Beatles made television history... again. Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon debuted their soon-...

Hello Goodbye: Why the Great Mike Wallace Instantly Forgot His Beatles TV Exclusive

Martin Lewis | Posted 06.08.2012 | Media
Martin Lewis

As we salute the memory of Mike Wallace -- it's a little known fact that among his many notable accomplishments, he was the first American to introduce the Beatles on U.S. TV.

Beatles Nostalgic Trip? Blame It on the "Rain"

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jon Chattman

Rain is just about the closest you'll come to seeing The Beatles live ever. As a kid who first learned of McCartney through the Michael Jackson "Say, Say, Say" video, it's one cool trip.

'60s Pop Princess Susan Cowsill Talks New CD, Her 44-Year Career - and Michael Jackson

Dana Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dana Kennedy

Susan Cowsill, the singer-songwriter whose new CD "Lighthouse" has just been released, is 51, the same age Michael Jackson would be had he ...

Elvis: The King of Rock 'n' Roll Turns 75

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

As we celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday on January 8th, we should take note of the impact Elvis had on the culture.

Paul McCartney Returning To Ed Sullivan Theater

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Paul McCartney is going back to the Ed Sullivan Theater. The former Beatle will appear on David Letterman's "Late Show" on Wednesday...

Woodstock Nation: Where Were You (Or Your Parents) During the Summer of "69?

Val Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Val Brown

All the older Reynolds kids, including Randy -- the coolest girl I knew -- went to Woodstock. I felt left out even though I wasn't quite sure what Woodstock was. I knew I was missing something monumental.

The Smothers Brothers: Now More Than Ever

Dennis Perrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dennis Perrin

Ed Sullivan and Carol Burnett have been cited as possible influences on Rosie O'Donnell's new project. But if she really wants variety, Rosie should get a hold of "The Smothers Brothers."