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Bandleader Outfits - It was a running gag on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON/NBC/1962-92 for host Johnny Carson to comment and even ridicule the bandleader's clothing especially in the case of the hip bandleader, Doc Severinsen. Skitch Henderson, the former bandleader of THE TONIGHT SHOW, was teased for his goatee beard and his tight fitting apparel, but Doc Severinsen, earned a reputation for wearing outrageously "Mod" clothing with wild colors and textures.

Doc Severinsen, Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson

One night when Doc wore a puce Pucci tie, Johnny Carson remarked, "I wouldn't wear that to fondle Randolph Scott's saddle horn!" Delighted with the uproarious audience response, the show's writers decided to make Doc's wardrobe a recurring nightly event.

Over the years, Doc was seen wearing crushed velvet knickers, rhinestone jumpsuits, flamboyant satin shirts and tapestry cloaks.

Years earlier, the clothing of Sammy Spear was the brunt of many jokes when he conducted the orchestra on THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW/CBS/1962-70.

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