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 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 8:11 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

Has died at 84. A long life and a terrific drummer

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 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 10:30 PM   
 By:   Joe 1956   (Member)

sigh Another one gone.

How I used to wish there was a way to listen to the band during the commercials between the "More To Come" cards.

Carson didn't really care for his audience, since after all he only showed up for three nights a week, so I didn't care much for his leaving. But I hated that the band would be gone too.

I saw them that last time on Arsenio's show, and kind of hoped they were going to do perhaps a "farewell tour" that summer, but it didn't happen, and slowly but surely so many of the band are going away.

I always thought Mr. Shaughnessy was under-rated. Can't remember ever seeing him anywhere on TV except on the Tonight Show.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 1:24 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Carson didn't really care for his audience, since after all he only showed up for three nights a week, so I didn't care much for his leaving. . .

Carson worked 5 night a week when the show was in NYC and 90 minutes, to boot. Only later, when he went out to Burbank, did he start to cut back on his hours.

He was making millions and millions of dollars for NBC.

He was the King!

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Very sad. And what a great player! I've seen the above clip with Buddy Rich many times. Gave Buddy a run for his money, there.

RIP, Ed.

 
 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   Joe 1956   (Member)

Carson didn't really care for his audience, since after all he only showed up for three nights a week, so I didn't care much for his leaving. . .

Carson worked 5 night a week when the show was in NYC and 90 minutes, to boot. Only later, when he went out to Burbank, did he start to cut back on his hours.

He was making millions and millions of dollars for NBC.

He was the King!


It was actually an hour and forty five minutes in the beginning. At first Carson took off a lot for his Vegas shows, then it was Monday nights, then it was also Tuesday nights, and later it was cut to an hour, and the whole dynamic changed. You hardly saw the band after that.

I'm surprised Carson made it to '92. The Nashville affiliate dumped him so the ABC affiliate took him for a couple of years, but it did go back to the NBC station. Can't remember what went on with other cities.

Yeah, Carson was good, but I soon grew tired of tuning in only to find John Davidson or Kenny Rogers sitting there, and Joan Rivers was like fingernails on the blackboard. The same could be said for Jerry Lewis after about five minutes.

As an aside, Nashville has always been sort of a strange town when it comes to TV stations, as any Nightline viewer could tell you. From almost the beginning Nightline was held back an hour in order to repeat Friends and Frasier, etc.

But perhaps the best was the NBC station who never went with the network run of Star Trek. For some odd reason, my first glimpse of it was Catspaw. As far as I know that was the only time TOS was seen in Nashville prime time.

BUT when TOS was syndicated, guess which station bought it and stripped it during the getting-home-from-school hours?

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EDIT: I have three CD's of the band (volumes 1 and 2 and Once More With Feeling) which I've been listening to again since seeing this thread. They were good, beyond good, and it's hard to believe someone waited until the mid '80's to finally record them.

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2013 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Has died at 84. A long life and a terrific drummer

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Now Ed Shaughnessy and Buddy Rich are there in that jam session in the sky with Johnny Carson watching.

 
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