Johnny Carson’s ‘Mr. Excitement’ dies at 78 - Television - MSNBC.com: "PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Tommy Newsom, the former backup bandleader on “The Tonight Show” whose “Mr. Excitement” nickname was a running joke for Johnny Carson, has died. He was 78."
I suppose Ed McMahon will be next. How I miss late night TV. We never watch Leno, Letterman, etc. All fall far short of the standard of The Tonight Show, and are not worth being tired the next day for. RIP, Mr. Excitement.