Updated Thu, Feb 27, 2014 1:27 pm
Monday, March 17 • 10 p.m.
“Ed Sullivan’s Rock And Roll Classics” focuses exclusively on full-length music performances — no plate spinners or dancing elephants — that evoke the spirit of that decade’s youth movement, including its connection to San Francisco and the summer of love and peace.
The Beatles kick things off with their million-selling #1 chart debut “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” followed by another John-Paul-George-Ringo smash, “She Loves You.” Other featured British Invasion icons are the Rolling Stones, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Animals, Herman’s Hermits and Petula Clark with her Grammy-winning evergreen “Downtown.”
More vocal group greats who sing top hits of the decade include the Beach Boys with a pair of their gold records, “I Get Around” and “Good Vibrations,” and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons with their chart topper from 1962, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” “Ed Sullivan’s Rock And Roll Classics: The 60s” remembers the Mamas & the Papas, who bridged the generation gap with their soaring harmonies, with their unforgettable anthem “California Dreamin’“ and its follow-up, “Monday, Monday.”
The program includes a joyful batch of “groovy sounds” represented by such beloved ensembles as the Turtles, the Young Rascals and the Supremes, all #1 favorites still played on the radio today.
The 60s were also a time of psychedelic sounds, most famously immortalized by Jim Morrison and the Doors with their 1967 masterpiece “Light My Fire.” “Crimson & Clover” by Tommy James is another era-defining hit. Sly & the Family Stone sing their groundbreaking hits “Everyday People” and “Dance to the Music,” bringing racial equality to rock music. “Ed Sullivan’s Rock And Roll Classics: The 60s” offers audiences the chance to revisit an exciting and explosive era of musical change with a variety of sounds that remain popular today.