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Today in Music – the passing of Ed Sullivan and Miles Davis

So today is the anniversary of the passing of two icons, one Miles Davis made great music and the other Ed Sullivan(1974) gave America great musicians! I don’t think any non-musician did as much to impact everyone’s musical taste than Ed Sullivan. From 1948’s Toast of the Town to its cancellation in 1971, the Ed Sullivan show changed American music! Here’s a good story about the show from TV host Ed Sullivan born(1901)

Photo of Davis in 1955 taken by Tom Palumbo

Now Miles Davis may not have crossed as many musical genres as Ed Sullivan, he certainly did impact the jazz world. He also impacted my musical listening and one University of Florida Gator drifted along many times with the music from Bitches Brew, particularly “Miles runs down the Voodoo”!  From Wikipedia:

 Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century,[3] Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion.

Dewey? You learn something everyday!

So here’s a collection of clips from Mojo of the Top Ten Music Acts to appear on The  Ed Sullivan Show! Thanks Ed! ( I had to use the picture of Ed with Topo Gigio.Topo Gigio was my dad’s favorite!)