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Carson & Company: The Night Fight

September 10, 1989

Steve Weinstein's Aug. 27 article, "Night Heat: The Talk-Show Competition Sizzles," overlooks one of "The Tonight Show's" strong points: its music.

Johnny Carson is a very hip gentleman and "The Tonight Show" band led by Doc Severinson bears this out. The music heard on the other late-night talk shows, including Arsenio Hall's, lacks substance. When you overdo synthesizers, electronics and use basically two chord changes, you eventually hit a concrete wall musically.

WILLIAM D. CLANCY

El Toro

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