Why did Bo Diddley get banned from the Ed Sullivan show?
Answer Hi Lenny, Thank you for your question. Bo Diddley’s appearance on Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of The Town” CBS-TV show on November 20th 1955 singing “Bo Diddley” is now widely regarded as the first rock & roll performance on national TV. Bo Diddley was due to perform his hit song “Bo Diddley” followed by a cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s hit song “Sixteen Tons”. Due to a misunderstanding, Mr. Sullivan wanted Bo Diddley to sing “Sixteen Tons” only. Best wishes, David Blakey, Webmaster, BO DIDDLEY-The Originator http://members.tripod.com/~Originator_2/index.html A Celebration of his unique contribution to Popular Music.