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Rolling Stones' 'Ed Sullivan' Appearances Coming to DVD

Discs will feature classic performances from 1964-1969

September 8, 2011 8:40 AM ET
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Ed Sullivan with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show.
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All of the Rolling Stones' appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the Sixties are about to be released for the first time on DVD later this year. The set will be issued in two forms – an abridged version titled Four Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones, due out on October 4th, and a deluxe package called Six Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones, in stores on November 1st.

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The performances collected in the set include some of the band's best-known hits, from "Time Is On My Side" in their first appearance on the show in 1964 through renditions of "Gimme Shelter" and "Honky Tonk Women" from their final appearance on November of 1969. The episodes will be presented on DVD in their entirety, so the Stones footage will exist alongside performances by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Tom Jones, Phyllis Diller, Rodney Dangerfield and the Muppets.

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