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November 20, 2013 8:32 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Fifty-eight years ago tonight, Ed Sullivan introduced a musical artist for what he expected would be a cover of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons.” Instead he got: “Bo Diddley.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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