Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
April 2, 1977
and his Now Generation Brass
featuring Today's Children
|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.