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Johnny Carson Sings
I found an absolute gem in my Google Reader today. Frank, Dean-o, and Sammy are joined on stage by none other than Johnny Carson - who sings! And does a darn fine job, too.

Regular visitors will recognize my affinity for Johnny Carson. The man epitomizes everything about the "good ol' days" of popular entertainment in my book. Style, substance, and class abound with endless talent and showmanship. Johnny was a comedian, actor, musician, magician, and now a singer! I've seen him sing a line or two on occasion, and of course there's the tear inducing duet with Better Midler from his second-to-last show. But this clip is something different.

According to the accompanying blurb, Johnny was emceeing a show at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis when he joined the three Rat Packers on stage. The song is Birth of the Blues with music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. Quincy Jones is conducting the Count Basie Band.

I hope you enjoy the clip as much as I did. And do yourself a favor and watch it on the big player on my Music Video page.

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