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RIP, Ed Shaughnessy (May 24, 2013) Drummer In Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band

Posted by themusicsover on May 24, 2013

Ed Shaughnessy
January 29, 1929 – May 24, 2013

Ed-ShaughnessyAs a driving force of the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson band, Ed Shaughnessy was one of the most famous drummer in America, if not the world, for the better part of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  Specializing in swing and bebop, Shaughnessy cut his teeth in New York City during the 40s playing with the likes of Jack Teagarden and George Shearing.  He then went on to play behind Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Count Basie before being hired by the Tonight Show Band with whom he played for 29 years.  In between, he played on recordings by a list of who’s who of jazz greats.  Ed Shaughnessy was 84 when he died of a heart attack on on May 24, 2013.

For more on Ed Shaughnessy, please watch this clip from namm.org. Thanks to Dan Del Fiorentino for its usage.

 

3 Responses to “RIP, Ed Shaughnessy (May 24, 2013) Drummer In Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band”

  1. englishsunset said

    as a drummer you were an inspiration to me. thank you.

  2. Wonderful tribute to a very wonderful person! Thank you!

    • When I was at Northwestern 1978-1982, Ed Shaughnessy played with our University Premiere Jazz Ensemble. I was on piano and Ed was on drums! Nice man, honor to play with him, memorable experience.

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