Thursday, May 30, 2024

Jimmy Fallon’s Big Night: Brings Back Doc Severinsen, Duets with Neil Young


What a great night on the Tonight show last night from Los Angeles. Jimmy, torch bearer of the show’s history, welcomed trumpeter Doc Severinsen who led the Tonight show band from 1962 to 1992. And Doc, who’s 87 years young, played like it was yesterday. He was also resplendentin one of his famous floral sportcoats. Doc’s on tour! Good for him. He led the Roots through the real Tonight show theme song, written by Paul Anka. What a swell surprise.

Then watch Jimmy with Neil Young as Neil Young singing “Old Man.” Genius! Fallon’s 1st anniversary is upon us and there’s reason to celebrate. He and Seth Meyers have really catalyzed late night. I’m looking forward to James Corden’s arrival on CBS soon, too.

Doc Severinsen at the 8 minute mark

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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