50 Years Ago: First Episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - October 1, 1962

Fifty years ago tonight, Americans were introduced to a show that would be with them the next thrty years - The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Even though he retired from his show twenty years ago, in 1992, you will still hear comedians and entertainers today expressing their gratitude to Johnny Carson for giving them a huge boost in their careers because they were allowed to perform on his show. Not only are many celebrities grateful for him, but also the millions of Amercans who felt like they enjoyed a party every night before going to bed. It was a party with Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, and a variety of exciting, funny and interesting guests. 

There's so much to say about Johnny, but really the Wikipedia entry about him is excellent, and you'll find everything there that you need to know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Carson

The Wikipedia article will give you one nostalgic feeling after another.

Tonight, as you go to sleep, listen to the sound in your mind of the theme to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The one we heard in 1992 is the same one we heard in 1962. Thankfully, that never changed.

 

 

Thank you to  for posting a clip of the audio of the first episode on YouTube!