Doc Severinsen

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Arlington, Oregon

Birth Name

Carl Hilding Severinsen

Gender

Male

Biography:

Carl "Doc" Severinsen is an accomplished trumpet player. Born in tiny Arlington, OR, Severinsen started playing the trumpet as a child. After serving in the army in World War II, played in the house band on Steve Allen's Tonight show in the mid-1950s. Doc officially joined the Tonight Show band in Summer 1962, and was later named musical director in 1967, a position he held until star Johnny Carson retired in 1992. Severinsen's trademarks were his loud and flashy clothes and he would occasionally serve as sidekick to Johnny on evenings when Ed McMahon was absent. After Carson's run ended, Doc has continued to tour and perform, with sporadic appearances on "Late Show on David Letterman."