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May 12, 2022


Carson actually sang at least two times on his show. Once with Pearl Bailey on stage. (Love Is Here To Stay)and on the second to last show with Bette Midler at the desk. (Here's That Rainy Day)

I love the FS / Satch "Birth of the Blues," natch. But anyone who hasn't listened to Sinatra's Columbia recording of the song ought to drop everything and do so.

Also, and I might be mistaken, I think Carson sang once on The
Jack Benny Show. One of the premises of the show was to showcase how talented he was, so he played the drums, danced, I think sang, and did his talk show "talent"--maybe something else, not sure.
But the reason to see the show is its final act, when Carson goes
backstage to his dressing room, wondering how Jack B. remains so
young-looking after all these years. Jack says Oh I have my ways;
then two workmen come into the dressing room and dismantle
Jack: turns out he's a robot. They put his head on the space for
it, and I believe it continues talking to Carson.

Here's to you, Jim Cummins, to Jack Benny's Violin (comme le violin d'Ingres), to Johnny Carson and his adventures in Jilly's, and to the whole pack.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
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