Band Leader Tommy Newsom Dies at 78 Tommy Newsom, the former backup band leader on The Tonight Show, died this week at the age of 78. Musician Ed Shaughnessy remembers his friend as an innovative musician.
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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

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.