Monday, April 30, 2007

Mr. Excitement heads off to his next gig

Anybody who remembers the glory days of the "Tonight Show" when Carson was king probably remembers Tommy Newsom. He was the saxophone player in the Tonight Show Band and he would lead the band and banter with Carson on the nights that regular bandleader Doc Severinsen was off. Carson used to kid him about his low-key personality and nondescript clothing. "Mr. Excitement," Johnny dubbed him -- although in fairness to Mr. Newsom, just about anybody would look drab compared to the flamboyant Severinsen
Tommy Newsom passed away on Saturday at the age of 78.

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