4. Ed Sullivan’s Censorship of The Rolling Stones

Ed Sullivan. Via Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Maurice Carnes LaClaire.

Compared to the days of the Golden Dawn’s topless chorus girls and Billy Rose’s nymphs, during Ed Sullivan’s time at the theater (1955-1971) things were more buttoned-up.

For an Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1967, the Rolling Stones had to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” though Mick Jagger seemed to register a small protest by rolling his eyes as he sang the amended line. See the video here.