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Band Leader Tommy Newsom Dies at 78

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Band Leader Tommy Newsom Dies at 78

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Band Leader Tommy Newsom Dies at 78

Band Leader Tommy Newsom Dies at 78

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Tommy Newsom, the former backup band leader on The Tonight Show, died this week at the age of 78. Ed Shaughnessy, a longtime drummer for The Tonight Show band, tells Scott Simon that Newsom was a wit, an intellectual and an innovative musician.