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Doc Severinsen

Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
April 2, 1977

Doc Severinsen
and his Now Generation Brass
featuring Today's Children

Close up photo of Doc Severinsen playing trumpet from the 1977 Monticola
SHOW DATE: Saturday, April 2, 1977 • 8:00pm
"Heeeeere’s Johnny!"—That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the hallmark of late night television for three decades. The "Johnny" was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Beginning in October 1962,  "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" ruled the night air for thirty years.

When Doc Severinsen and his Now Generation Brass band made a tour stop at the WVU Coliseum in 1977, 4,100 fans turned out for the show. The concert included Duke Ellington and Count Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics and, of course, "The Tonight Show" theme. 

The show was originally planned for Mountaineer Week (November 1976) but had to postponed because the November date conflicted with the filming of Severinsen's TV special.

Student tickets were only $1 and non-student tickets averaged $4.
Doc Severinsen playing trumpet on the Coliseum stage in 1977. From the 1977 Monticola.