The Tonight Show As A Talk Show Format Premieres On July 29, 1957

July 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Movies/TV

On this very night of July 29th, but way back in 1957, The Tonight Show was broadcast on NBC, with Jack Paar as host. This would be in the talk show format that we are familiar with. Johnny Carson went on to perfect and refine this format. Jack Paar  hosted The Tonight Show from 1957-1962. Johnny Carson hosted it from 1962 to 1992. I think most of us saw the very last show, May 22, 1992. You can still see it on YouTube.

It must be noted that it was Steve Allen who premiered The Tonight Show on September 27, 1954. This earlier version of the show, however, was more strictly an entertainment format. When Jack Paar took over it became a more serious talk show, with guests such as Peter Ustinov and a regular, conservative intellectual, William F. Buckley, Jr.

My main memories are of Johnny Carson and all of his outlandish characters, such as Art Fern, Floyd R. Turbo, Aunt Blabby and of course Carnac The Magnificent. If it weren`t for The Tonight Show I wouldn`t have been able to have a proper conversation with my Dad when I was growing up. Dad could laugh while we were watching the show and pontificate some important life lessons, most of which I tried to learn.

I`ll link for you some Classic Carson, when Dean Martin and Bob Hope were on some time in 1969. That pic is Johnny from that show with Deano and Bob. Look to see if you think Dean is really intoxicated or is merely acting the role. He`s certainly got his image down. We owe a lot to these early forefathers of late night TV. Jay, Conan and David carry on the tradition.

John and Paul introduce Apple Records on The Tonight Show-May 14, 1968!

May 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Music

On this day, May 14, 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney made an appearance on The Tonight Show to announce the formation of Apple Records. Johnny Carson was absent that night, but I don`t recall who the substitute was for Johnny. NBC did not save the tape, but there are bootleg copies of the historic broadcast floating around somewhere?

I was watching John and Paul that spring night; I still remember how they were dressed. This was important; The White Album was the first Apple Record that I ever bought. The single, Hey Jude/Revolution, was the very first Apple issue. James Taylor and Mary Hopkins launched their careers from Apple. Never got a chance to shop at one of the Apple boutiques, but their line of clothing was a gas!

Apple still exists too! Check out the reissue CDs from last fall; the Apple logo is still prominent on the later period Beatle albums. NBC: I can`t believe you erased John & Paul`s appearance on The Tonight Show-glitch of the 20th Century!