On this day in music (and television) history - June 20, 1948 - “The Ed Sullivan Show” makes its debut on the CBS television network. Originally called “The Toast Of The Town” when it begins broadcasting, the show is hosted by New York Daily News entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. The debut episode features Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis and Broadway musical composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the latter of whom are previewing numbers from their newly written musical “South Pacific”. The hour long variety show hosts a very wide number of music and entertainment acts, including breaking new ground in featuring African American entertainers and rock & roll acts at a time when the other two major networks shied away from them. At its peak, the show would average between twelve and fourteen million viewers per week. For the landmark appearances by Elvis Presley and The Beatles, viewership nearly or more than quadruples. Over the years, the program wins numerous accolades including several Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award. “The Ed Sullivan Show” runs for a total of twenty four seasons and broadcast 1,068 episodes before it is final broadcast on June 6, 1971.