JOHNNY CARSON - COLLECTION WITH DOC SEVERINSEN, ED McMAHON - HFSID 268883
Sale Price $405.00
THE TONIGHT SHOW: JOHNNY CARSON, ED McMAHON and DOC SEVERINSEN
Three black and white publicity photographs, each signed by one member of the long running nighttime show.
Collection: 1) Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Sy/Best Wishes/Johnny Carson". B/w, 8x10. Fine condition. 2) Photograph inscribed and signed: "For/David/Ed McMahon". B/w, 8x10. Fine condition. 3) Photograph signed: "All the best!/'Doc' Severinsen". B/w, 8x10 overall, image 6¾x6¾ (one surface). Captioned in lower margin. Fine condition. From 1962 to 1992, Johnny Carson was the king of late night television. The affable host entertained millions of viewers each night with his celebrity interviews and his comic monologues, often inspired by events of the day. JOHNNY CARSON (1925-2005), a radio host from the late 1940s, entered TV as a writer for Red Skelton (1951), making a promising comic debut when Skelton was injured backstage. After hosting the game show Who Do You Trust (1957-1962), became host of NBC's Tonight Show, pioneered by Steve Allen (1954-1957) and Jack Parr (1957-1962). Carson became a major national celebrity, winning 6 Emmys and many other awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) and the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award (1993). His farewell program, which revisited great moments from the show, was a national event. Popular announcer EDMcMAHON (1923-2009), who had first worked with Carson on Who Do You Trust, went with Johnny to the Tonight, show and stayed there throughout Carson's tenure, introducing Carson with the famous "Heeeere's Johnny." When original band director Skitch Hender left the show in 1967, DOCSEVERINSEN, (born in 1927) an accomplished musician who had played with the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey orchestras, took over as band director, remaining with Carson for 25 years. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson moved from New York to Burbank, California in 1972, after which Carson yielded Monday nights to a guest host. Among those frequently filling the coveted Monday night spot were Jerry Lewis, Joey Bishop, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Carson successor Jay Leno and Leno-rival David Letterman. Three items.
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