Tonight Show Bandleader Doc Severinsen’s Tearful Recollection of Johnny Carson’s Death

Doc Severinsen, the celebrated bandleader on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, is best known for his eccentric, brightly colored jackets. As a good-natured oddball, Doc had quite a reputation—as well as a profound friendship with Johnny.

Johnny hung up the microphone in 1992. Thirteen years later, at age 79, he died of respiratory failure. Here, in an exclusive Oprah: Where Are They Now? clip, Doc looks back on the moment he learned of Johnny’s passing.

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