Nightly News   |  May 28, 2013

‘Tonight Show’ drummer dies at 84

Ed Shaughnessy, an accomplished jazz drummer, bandleader and arranger, was part of the “Tonight Show” band from 1963 to 1992. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> when you think about it every night for 29 years the very first thing we heard at 11:30 were those first two drum beats, that drummer was ed shaughnessy , the beating heart of "the tonight show " orchestra. he was hardly a hollywood show horse. they remember his battle with buddy rich on "the carson show" in '78, he was an accomplished drummer, band leader , arranger and long time member of the nbc family. ed shaughnessy was 84 years old.