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Forgotten Hits - Forgotten Hits Interviews Andrew Solt
That plan now seems to be in motion ... Andrew Solt, who purchased the EXCLUSIVE rights to the entire library of Sullivan shows back in 1990, has been releasing special compilation DVD sets over the past several years, spotlighting "favorite son" artists like Elvis and The Beatles, encompassing ALL of their COMPLETE appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show into one collectors' piece home video set.
There is also now an exclusive Ed Sullivan YouTube
Channel, courtesy of Andrew Solt
and SOFA Entertainment
, providing one minute "teaser clips" of some of the other material available in the vaults. (For YEARS you didn't DARE post a clip from The Ed Sullivan Show
on YouTube ... the site was CONSTANTLY being policed to insure that these videos vanished just as quickly as they appeared ... and Solt
is VERY proud of his
exclusive rights to this material, as he
How cool is it that HE
is now personally making some of this material available again!)
In this brand new Forgotten Hits Series, we'll be taking an EXCLUSIVE look back at The Ed Sullivan Show
... and its musical impact on our teenage landscape.
, the official "keeper of the castle", has agreed to sit down with us and answer a few questions ... as well as share some of his
OWN memories and favorite moments.
And Andrew Solt's
resume reads like a book of dreams and wishes!
is an Emmy and Grammy-winning producer, director, writer and documentary film maker.
purchased the exclusive rights to The Ed Sullivan Show
in 1990 … but prior to this achievement, he
had already built an incredible list of credentials.
In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Andrew worked with underwater pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau on several television projects.
wrote and produced "Oasis In Space", a six-part half-hour series, executive produced by Jacques Cousteau and his
This series resulted in Andrew's first of nine Emmy nominations.
Several other Costeau projects followed.
In 1979, Solt teamed with producer / director Malcolm Leo to create one of the very first television documentaries about rock music.
In 1995, Solt
Rock And Roll horizons by executive producing a Ten-Episode series for Time-Life called "The History Of Rock And Roll", which ran as a syndicated television series before being marketed for home video.
And the rock didn't stop there ... Andrew
has also produced made-for-video releases like "25 x 5: The Continuing Adventures Of The Rolling Stones" (1989) and "Elvis: The Great Performances" (1990).
Other music / film credits include the 1981 film "This Is Elvis", "Imagine: John Lennon" (1988) as well as numerous Ed Sullivan television specials, paying homage to the ultimate variety host.
And it doesn't stop there ... Andrew has produced anniversary and reunion specials like "Donald Duck's 50th Birthday", "The Honeymooners Reunion", "The Muppets: A Celebration Of 30 Years", "Great Moments In Disney Animation", "Remembering Marilyn", "The Andy Griffith Show Reunion", "Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday", "Grammy's Greatest Moments", "CBS: The First 50 Years" as well as 75th Anniversary Television Specials for both CBS and NBC!
The list goes on and on ... but he's
saved the very best for last … because THIS week he's
sitting down with us here in Forgotten Hits
to talk about The Ed Sullivan Show
library ... what's available ... what's new ... and what we might expect to see in the years to come.
Along the way, we'll share some precious memories of the television program that EVERYBODY watched ...
The Ed Sullivan Show
Our exclusive interview with Andrew Solt
follows … be sure to check out our OTHER web page where folks from BOTH sides of the television screen also share some of their favorite Sullivan memories!
In 1990, the exclusive rights to the complete library of "The Ed Sullivan Show" were purchased by Andrew Solt from Ed's daughter Elizabeth and her husband Bob Precht, a long-time Executive Producer on the show.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and visit with Andrew Solt
and much of that conversation follows in this brand new, exclusive Forgotten Hits Series. (Prior to actually speaking to him, I pictured Andrew
up at the very top of the king's tower, surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of video tapes screaming "Mine ... All Mine!!!", which is probably what I would do if I owned such a collection ... but instead he
was very approachable and down to earth about the whole thing ... very proud of his
collection, to be sure ... and the legacy that it encompasses ... but also acknowledging that these tapes deserve to be seen by the people who grew up enjoying Ed's program.) And that's really what it comes down to ... what good is HAVING all this one-of-a-kind video footage if you can't SHARE it with somebody!
Thankfully, over the years, a few of these vintage performances have found their way to home video or were included as part of television specials and tributes to the legacy of Ed Sullivan
... and, according to Andrew
, we're just getting started.
: I had never seen television before we moved here toAmerica.
I was eleven years old the first time I ever watched TV ... and I fell in love with The Ed Sullivan Show
I remember spending an afternoon with my brother watching nothing but game shows and even at that early age wondering "How does anyone get anything done here?
with all that great TV to watch.
I was both fascinated and completely captivated.
(How much of an impact did this experience have on a young Andrew Solt?
In 1983, Solt
produced an NBC television special titled "Those Wonderful TV Game Shows"!!! - kk)
: Yes, I think Ed was very successful in this regard.
: No, sadly I never had the pleasure.
During our email exchanges, I asked Andrew
if there was even a chance of some of what we consider to be our "Forgotten Hits
" artists showing up on some of these home video compilations ...
: Actually we did a show on the British Invasion and Graham Nash and Michelle Phillips hosted it.
Thank you again, Andrew
, for taking the time to visit with us today.
A very insightful and enlightening look into The Ed Sullivan Show!
Andrew Solt | Ed Sullivan Show
has done a number of documentaries on the history of rock and roll, including feature films about rock icons Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
Andrew Solt was born in London in 1947 and spent his early years in South Africa before moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
Solt, who is the nephew of Hungarian screenwriter Andrew P. Solt (In a Lonely Place),graduated from Hollywood High School before attending the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism.
is married to Claudia Falkenburg, who is the daughter of 1948 Wimbledon men's singles tennis champion Bob Falkenburg and the niece of 1950s actress-model Jinx Falkenburg.
and Claudia have two children, Joshua and Dakota.
In 1972, Andrew Solt began an off-and-on collaboration with the award-winning television documentary-maker and producer David Wolper that extended through their work together on "Imagine: John Lennon" in 1988.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Solt worked with underwater pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau on several television projects.
wrote and produced Oasis in Space (1976-77), a six-part half-hour series executive produced by Jacques Cousteau and his
This production earned Solt his
first of nine Emmy nominations.
In 1977-78 he
produced Cousteau Odyssey, four one-hour specials about deep-sea explorations shot in Greece including The Search for Atlantis I & II and The Search for The Britannic.
In 1984, Solt
produced The Mississippi - Reluctant Ally, a two-hour documentary about the nation's longest river which won the 1985 Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special.
The award was shared by Solt
and Jacques Cousteau's son, Jean-Michel.
In 1979, Andrew Solt teamed with producer/director Malcolm Leo to create one of the first documentaries about rock music, a two-hour television special called Heroes of Rock and Roll.
In 1995, Solt
again examined rock and roll as executive producer of the 10-episode The History of Rock and Roll (Time-Life), which was syndicated on television and sold on home video.
In 1990, Andrew Solt
purchased the exclusive rights to the complete library of The Ed Sullivan Show from Ed Sullivan's
daughter Elizabeth and her husband Bob Precht.
One of the earliest Ed Sullivan Show compilations produced by Andrew Solt
and SOFA Entertainment
was The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show.
With the success of Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show, Solt
continued to mine the archive over the years, producing numerous broadcast and video-DVD capsules thematically organized including Rock 'n Roll Revolution, A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th Anniversary
, Ed Sullivan's
Rock & Roll Classics, Great Moments in Opera, The Best of Broadway Musicals, and more.
has also created several DVD sets of the historical Beatles
and Elvis appearances in: The Four Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles and Elvis-The Ed Sullivan Shows.
Andrew Solt's work has also included the writing, directing and production of a number of feature films.
In 1981,This is Elvis, the first in-depth film biography of Presley, was produced, written and directed by Solt
and Malcolm Leo.
In 1982, Solt and Leo collaborated on another production, It Came from Hollywood, a comic compilation of over 100 "golden turkey" movies featuring comedians Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and Cheech and Chong.
In 1988, Andrew Solt
released the critically acclaimed film Imagine: John Lennon.
The film, an intimate documentary about the most rebellious member of The Beatles
, was executive produced by David Wolper, produced and directed by Solt
as well as co-written by Solt
and Sam Egan.
denied this was the goal: "We were out to create a balanced portrait of John Lennon, not an idealized vision of 'St.
In 2001, Solt
along with Yoko Ono, Greg Vines and Leslie Tong went on to win a Grammy for Best Long-Form Music Video for producing and directing Gimme Some Truth - The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album.
Here is a list of some of Andrew Solt's
and Sam Egan, John Lennon: Imagine.
Claudia Falkenburg and Andrew Solt
, editors; text by John Leonard.