Ed Sullivan provided a platform for the entertainment industry for 23 years, hosting the hottest performers in music, film and stage. His iconic show ran from 1948 to 1971, witnessing the end of vaudeville, the birth of rock and roll, and the launch of some of history's biggest stars. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the most memorable moments of "The Ed Sullivan Show
In one of the show's most frenzied moments, the mop-topped Beatles hit the Ed Sullivan stage for the first time on February 9, 1964. More than 73 million people -- 45 percent of households -- tuned in to watch.
The Beatles opened the show with "All My Loving," before moving onto hits like "She Loves You" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
The band appeared for three consecutive Sundays in early 1964, then for a fourth and final time on September 12, 1965 -- just before the show made the switch from black and white to color.
The cast of "Oliver!" and Broadway star Georgia Brown had their work cut out for them trying to be heard over hundreds of screaming Beatles fans between sets of Beatles' songs on the show.
Elvis appeared from toe to head on his first two Ed Sullivan appearances. It wasn't until heavy protests from church leaders that Sullivan decided to only show Elvis from the waist up during his third appearance on the show.
Elvis earned a cool $50,000 for his first three appearances on the show, starting on September 9, 1956.
Sixty million viewers -- 80 percent of households -- tuned into see Elvis croon songs like "Hound Dog" and "Love Me Tender" in the mid-1950s.
After a bad car accident, Sullivan was forced to miss Presley's first appearance on the show. Actor Charles Laughton hosted the show that night instead and referred to Elvis as Elvin.
In an effort to draw in young viewers, Sullivan encouraged frequent appearances by Topo Gigio -- a mouse puppet that was popular in Italy at the time.
It took four puppeteers to move the tiny 10-inch puppet. Hidden behind a black curtain, they would move the creature's mouth, arms and legs to give him a realistic vibe.
After being instructed to omit the word "higher" from "Light My Fire," Jim Morrison went on to sing the song as written, getting The Doors banned from the show after one performance in 1967.
Comic favorite Rodney Dangerfield appeared on Ed Sullivan 17 times between his debut in March 1967 and the show's final episode in 1971.
Instead of one of their own hit tunes, The Stones chose to open their first Ed Sullivan performance with a cover of Chuck Berry's "Around and Around." They closed their October 1964 debut with "Time is on My Side."
Joplin hit the Ed Sullivan stage with her Kozmic Blues Band on March 16, 1969. The soulful singer gave a spirited rendition of "Raise Your Hand," followed by "Maybe, Maybe, Maybe."
When performing "I Want You Back" and "Who's Loving You?" and others with the rest of the Jackson 5 on December 14, 1969, a young Michael Jackson famously wore a purple cowboy hat.
The premiere episode of the Ed Sullivan show in 1948 featured appearances by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, along with Broadway icons Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Master puppeteer Senor Wences appeared on the show with his favorite puppet Johnny more than 20 times between 1950 and the 1971.
Though she would later be known for her standup, Rivers actually got her foot in the door on Ed Sullivan by writing silly skits for Topo Gigio.
After mistakenly announcing Joan Rivers instead of Johnny Rivers as a performer on next week's show, Sullivan was forced to let Rivers perform. She must have done a good job, because she quickly became a regular on the program.
The talented trio performed "Come See About Me" for their December 27, 1964 Ed Sullivan debut. They returned in 1966 to perform "You Can't Hurry Love."
The Ed Sullivan show left people talking after a November 19, 1967, episode, in which The Supremes and The Temptations took turns performing each other's greatest hits.
The honor of appearing on the Ed Sullivan show more than any other act goes to Canadian comedy duo Wayne and Schuster, who hit the Ed Sullivan stage a record 58 times.
Rickie Layne appeared on the show 39 times, performing ventriloquism with his dummy Velvel.
The young prodigy was just 13 years old in 1964, when he captured hearts with his rendition of "Fingertips Part 2" on the popular program.
Grover started as a green puppet named Gleep when he hit the stage for the first time in 1967. The Muppets would go on to appear on Ed Sullivan 25 times, and some puppets, including Big Bird, were introduced for the first time ever on the show.
After hitting it big on Howdy Doody, Zippy the Chimp appeared on Ed Sullivan a number of times, doing everything from roller skating to riding a bike.
The legendary Richard Pryor made audiences crack up during 15 appearances on Ed Sullivan, starting with his debut in May 1965.
Carol Burnett admitted she was terrified when she first did stand up on Ed Sullivan in 1957, but she still returned to perform on the show four more times.
Gladys Knight and the Pips were the final musical guests to appear on Ed Sullivan, performing on the final episode on June 6, 1971.
From its debut until 1955, the show was called "Toast of the Town." The title was changed in 1955 to reflect the name of its famous host.