Ed Shaughnessy, Who Played the Drums on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ for Almost 30 Years, Dead at 84.
The New York Times wrote “Mr. Shaughnessy was a well-traveled and highly regarded jazz drummer when he was offered the ‘Tonight’ job in 1963, shortly after Johnny Carson had taken over as the show’s host. He had performed or recorded with Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday and numerous others.”
As a tribute to Shaughnessy, watch this duet with legendary drummer Buddy Rich from the “Tonight Show” August 11, 1978.