Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Good Night Mr. Excitement
Tommy Newsom joined "The Tonight Show" in 1962 and rose from band member to assistant music director. He retired along with Johnny Carson in 1992. Newsom will be remembered for his wit and deadpan humor. Carson gave Newsom the nickname "Mr. Excitement" to make light of his low-key personality and drab brown and blue suits - a sharp contrast to the flashy style of bandleader Doc Severinsen.