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Johnny Carson Recordings

Although he was the "King of Late Night Television", many of Johnny Carson's guests had direct ties to Old Time Radio.

Johnny Carson

63 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 25 hours, 53 min)
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Johnny Carson
(1925 – 2005)

"Heeerrre's Johnny!"

Carson MagicianIf there is an opposite to daytime radio from the Golden Age of Radio, it would probably be Late Night Television. Daytime radio was developed to attract housewives who would have been busy doing their housework but enjoyed getting lost in the entertaining fantasy world of soap operas. Late night talk shows are closer to radio comedy variety shows, which, in turn, developed from a vaudeville format. They still appealed to housewives, but their audience broadened to include their husbands, but usually not their kids, who would have been in bed by broadcast time.

Radio soaps became popular during the 1930s when a radio in every household became common. By the mid-1970s, many households had a second TV set, often in Mom and Dad's bedroom. While soaps kept Mom's mind engaged while she took care of other tasks, the late night talk show filled time when there was little else to do but to fall asleep. Some comedy, a celebrity interview, and maybe some popular music helped to disengage the brain from the troubles and trials of the rest of the day and help to put you asleep with a smile on your face. For three decades, the personality who tucked America into bed was Johnny Carson.

Carson & Jack Benny

John William Carson, born 1925, was a mid-Western boy whose Dad worked for the power company in and around Corning, Iowa, and later Norfolk, Nebraska. While playing at a friend's house at the age of 12, Johnny found a book on magic tricks and sent away for a magician's kit. Soon he was following family members around the house saying, "pick a card, any card". At 14, wearing a cape sown by his mother, he made his professional debut at a Kiwanis Club luncheon for $3 per show. "The Great Carsoni" became a regular at local fairs and functions, and after graduating from high school he hitch-hiked to Hollywood but was not able to break into showbiz at that time.

During the War, Carson enlisted in the V-12 Navy College Program at Columbia University. The program allowed officer candidates to attend college courses while preparing for their commission. Carson was commissioned an Ensign and assigned to USS Pennsylvania as a communications officer. His assignments included decoding encrypted messages, and he continued to entertain his shipmates with his magic tricks and posted a 10-0 record as an amateur boxer.

A high-point of Carson's military service came when Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal visited the battleship. Forrestal asked the Ensign if he would continue to serve after the War, and Carson said no, he wanted to become a magician. Disbelieving, Forrestal asked to see a trick, so Carson pulled a deck of cards from his uniform pocket and did one. Carson was on his way to a combat assignment aboard a troop ship when news came that Hiroshima and Nagasaki had been bombed and the War ended.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Radio and Speech, Carson went to work for WOW Radio in Omaha and became a morning host. One of his popular routines was to interview the pigeons on the roof of the courthouse to get news about city hall corruption. The wife of one politician thought he was so funny that she helped him to get hired at a Los Angeles TV station she held stock in, KNXT. He was hired as a writer and given a low-budget comedy show, Carson's Cellar. Red Skelton was a fan of the show and hired Carson to write for his show. One day in 1954, Skelton was knocked unconscious just an hour before the live show was to air. Carson stepped in and filled in. Later, Jack Benny invited Carson to appear on his show, and Carson imitated Benny while claiming Benny was stealing his gestures.

Carson BennyABC hired Carson to host the day-time quiz show Who Do You Trust? from 1957 to 1962. The show allowed him to exercise his ad-lib capabilities, and after the first season, the announcer was Carson's longtime sidekick, Ed McMahon. Carson was also a panelist on To Tell the Truth. NBC had been using their Tonight Show as a compliment to their Today morning show for nearly a decade. Original host, Steve Allen had moved on to prime-time variety programs and second host Jack Paar was having trouble over censorship. Carson was hired as the new host, but he was unsure he would be able to interview celebrities for a full show. Of course, he was great at it and sat at the host's desk for three decades.

The "King of Late-night Television" is a different choice to profile on an Old Time Radio site, but many of Johnny's guests were major players in the radio industry. To demonstrate what Radio was like, Johnny had guest Bud Collyer help to set up a simulated broadcast of Superman in 1969 (Johnny played Jimmy Olsen) In September 1974, Mel Blanc and Jack Benny were guests. Jack Webb shows up to do a send-up of Dragnet, and Groucho shares some memories as well.

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    My grandmother, Nora Hurner, her mother, Phoebe Mae Kellogg was first cousins with Johnny Carson’s father, and Grandma’s father, Frank Hardy was first cousins with Johnny Carson’s mother. In 1987, my family took the family vacation from North Canton, Ohio to Logan, Iowa. I was ten at the time and my parents had bought a new camcorder. We visited my great-great-aunt, Nettie Dickerson in her nursing facility in Logan. I want to say she was 89 at the time. Dad caught Aunt Nettie and me talking about Johnny Carson. Aunt Nettie told me about seeing him at family reunions when he was a boy. She said, and it sticks out in my mind nearly 35 years later; “Johnny was a snotty little kid then and he’s a snotty little kid now.” In 1999, the city of Logan was building a new sports complex and the head of the project had some connection with Johnny too. Fifty years earlier, Johnny’s father ran for mayor of Logan and won against the grandfather of the director of this complex project. A letter was written to Johnny explaining that history. Johnny called this man inquiring about the project with his first statement in the phone conversation being, “I am sorry to hear about the election.” Johnny did help fund the project.

    Kurt

    I buy mp3s from otrcat. very inexpensive, great quality, and an entire series is usually available. That way I can play any show or entire series I like!

    Danny Verified Purchase

    It was fun and neat to hear Ed McMahon announce the bandleader Milton DeLugg in some of Johnny Carson's monologue intros. DeLugg only lead the band one year. It was inexpensive and easy to download.

    Rob Verified Purchase

    Those Armed Forces radio transcriptions are a treasure. NBC only started recording the Tonight Show only after 1972. Before that, the tapes were erased. There are bits and pieces of of video but for the most part, they've been lost to history. These audio recordings may be the only surviving record.

    Michael Verified Purchase

    It was stupid of NBC to erase all their TV Shows from the 1950's to 1971, which includes all of the best Of Johnny Carson's Tonight Shows from New York from 1962 to 1971! That was some of his best shows! I don't think CBS and ABC erased all their shows! Just think what we have lost!All those Bob Hope Specials and all those other GREAT NBC Shows!Johnny Carson should have sued NBC!At least he cared enough about his shows from Burbank from 1972 to 1992, and had them stored in an air conditioned salt mine in Kansas!Thank God for Johnny Carson!It still makes me sick every time I think about it!A lot of young PUNK EXEC'S of today, don't care about their country's history!

    Bob Verified Purchase

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    63 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 25 hours, 53 min
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    total playtime 25 hours, 53 min
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    1. 63 shows - total playtime 25 hours 53 minutes
    2. Jack Benny 741023 Mel Blanc on Johnny Carson.mp3
    3. Johnny Carson 19490000 Reading Thesis.mp3
    4. Johnny Carson 19680131 Jim Garrison.mp3
    5. Johnny Carson 19680511 Marlon Brando.mp3
    6. Johnny Carson 19690422 Old Time Radio.mp3
    7. Johnny Carson 19740307 Don Deluise and Rodney Dangerfield.mp3
    8. Johnny Carson 19740521 Don Rickles and Michael Landon.mp3
    9. Johnny Carson 19750103 Ronald Reagan.mp3
    10. Johnny Carson 19750314 Michael Landon.mp3
    11. Johnny Carson 19760000 Ellen Corby.mp3
    12. Johnny Carson 19760000 Jonathan Winters.mp3
    13. Johnny Carson 19771201 Betty White.mp3
    14. Johnny Carson 19780000 Farrah Fawcett.mp3
    15. Johnny Carson 19781005 Betty White Female Reporter.mp3
    16. Johnny Carson 19790208 Betty White Adam and Eve.mp3
    17. Johnny Carson 19790227 Sophia Loren.mp3
    18. Johnny Carson 19800326 Henry Fonda.mp3
    19. Johnny Carson 19800904 Fred Rogers.mp3
    20. Johnny Carson 19801211 Jimmy Stewart.mp3
    21. Johnny Carson 19810914 B.White Tarzan Jane Number Years.mp3
    22. Johnny Carson 19811112 Betty White.mp3
    23. Johnny Carson 19820000 Whos on First Spoof President Reagan.mp3
    24. Johnny Carson 19830202 Reagan Press Conference.mp3
    25. Johnny Carson 19830729 Reenact Carter vs Reagan Debate 1980.mp3
    26. Johnny Carson 19830907 Betty White Malibu Restaurant.mp3
    27. Johnny Carson 19831115 Gilda Radner.mp3
    28. Johnny Carson 19840302 John Ritter.mp3
    29. Johnny Carson 19871007 Betty White.mp3
    30. Johnny Carson 19880728 Bill Clinton.mp3
    31. Johnny Carson 19890104 Jimmy Stewart and Bob Saget.mp3
    32. Johnny Carson 19890310 Michael Landon.mp3
    33. Johnny Carson 19891124 Nancy Reagan.mp3
    34. Johnny Carson 19900119 Michael Landon.mp3
    35. Johnny Carson 19920000 Rodney Dangerfield.mp3
    36. Johnny Carson Bloopers.mp3
    37. Johnny Carson Freberg.mp3
    38. Johnny Carson Groucho Marx.mp3
    39. Johnny Carson Half Century Of Comedy Part 1.Mp3
    40. Johnny Carson Half Century Of Comedy Part 2.mp3
    41. Johnny Carson Jack Webb - Copper Clapper Caper.mp3
    42. Tonight Show 1079.mp3
    43. Tonight Show 1084.mp3
    44. Tonight Show 1089.mp3
    45. Tonight Show 1094 Host Sammy Davis Jr.mp3
    46. Tonight Show 550722 Tv Audio.mp3
    47. Tonight Show 651213 Af0476 Rudy Vallee Flopence Henderson.mp3
    48. Tonight Show 651213 Rudy Vallee, Flop.Henderson, J.Leonard.mp3
    49. Tonight Show 660225 AF0530 GBob Barker Cliff Arquette.mp3
    50. Tonight Show 661205 AF0736 1067 Barry Goldwater Mills Bro.mp3
    51. Tonight Show 661214 George Segal Don Ho Fannie Flagg.mp3
    52. Tonight Show 661229 AF0749 1085 Stefanie Powers N.Harrison.mp3
    53. Tonight Show 670109 Af0756 Pat Boones Caesar Buddy Greco.mp3
    54. Tonight Show 670308 Af0798.mp3
    55. Tonight Show 670727 1226 AFRS Host-B.Newhart GRoot CReiner.mp3
    56. Tonight Show 670802 Bob Eleanora Hope S.Tate L.Nye.mp3
    57. Tonight Show 670804 Joan Baez Agnes Moorehead, Jack Haskell.mp3
    58. Tonight Show 670816 L.Armstrong E.Arden Cyril Ritchard.mp3
    59. Tonight Show 670817 Bobbie Gentry, Fannie Flagg, Hugh Hefner.mp3
    60. Tonight Show 671011 Af0963 L.Armstrong E.Lanchester.mp3
    61. Tonight Show 690201 Bob Merrill Jan Peercecr.mp3
    62. Tonight Show Af0739.mp3
    63. Tonight Show Af0756.mp3
    64. Tonight Show Af0773.mp3
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    63 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 25 hours, 53 min
    63 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 25 hours, 53 min
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    1. 63 shows - total playtime 25 hours 53 minutes
    2. Jack Benny 741023 Mel Blanc on Johnny Carson.mp3
    3. Johnny Carson 19490000 Reading Thesis.mp3
    4. Johnny Carson 19680131 Jim Garrison.mp3
    5. Johnny Carson 19680511 Marlon Brando.mp3
    6. Johnny Carson 19690422 Old Time Radio.mp3
    7. Johnny Carson 19740307 Don Deluise and Rodney Dangerfield.mp3
    8. Johnny Carson 19740521 Don Rickles and Michael Landon.mp3
    9. Johnny Carson 19750103 Ronald Reagan.mp3
    10. Johnny Carson 19750314 Michael Landon.mp3
    11. Johnny Carson 19760000 Ellen Corby.mp3
    12. Johnny Carson 19760000 Jonathan Winters.mp3
    13. Johnny Carson 19771201 Betty White.mp3
    14. Johnny Carson 19780000 Farrah Fawcett.mp3
    15. Johnny Carson 19781005 Betty White Female Reporter.mp3
    16. Johnny Carson 19790208 Betty White Adam and Eve.mp3
    17. Johnny Carson 19790227 Sophia Loren.mp3
    18. Johnny Carson 19800326 Henry Fonda.mp3
    19. Johnny Carson 19800904 Fred Rogers.mp3
    20. Johnny Carson 19801211 Jimmy Stewart.mp3
    21. Johnny Carson 19810914 B.White Tarzan Jane Number Years.mp3
    22. Johnny Carson 19811112 Betty White.mp3
    23. Johnny Carson 19820000 Whos on First Spoof President Reagan.mp3
    24. Johnny Carson 19830202 Reagan Press Conference.mp3
    25. Johnny Carson 19830729 Reenact Carter vs Reagan Debate 1980.mp3
    26. Johnny Carson 19830907 Betty White Malibu Restaurant.mp3
    27. Johnny Carson 19831115 Gilda Radner.mp3
    28. Johnny Carson 19840302 John Ritter.mp3
    29. Johnny Carson 19871007 Betty White.mp3
    30. Johnny Carson 19880728 Bill Clinton.mp3
    31. Johnny Carson 19890104 Jimmy Stewart and Bob Saget.mp3
    32. Johnny Carson 19890310 Michael Landon.mp3
    33. Johnny Carson 19891124 Nancy Reagan.mp3
    34. Johnny Carson 19900119 Michael Landon.mp3
    35. Johnny Carson 19920000 Rodney Dangerfield.mp3
    36. Johnny Carson Bloopers.mp3
    37. Johnny Carson Freberg.mp3
    38. Johnny Carson Groucho Marx.mp3
    39. Johnny Carson Half Century Of Comedy Part 1.Mp3
    40. Johnny Carson Half Century Of Comedy Part 2.mp3
    41. Johnny Carson Jack Webb - Copper Clapper Caper.mp3
    42. Tonight Show 1079.mp3
    43. Tonight Show 1084.mp3
    44. Tonight Show 1089.mp3
    45. Tonight Show 1094 Host Sammy Davis Jr.mp3
    46. Tonight Show 550722 Tv Audio.mp3
    47. Tonight Show 651213 Af0476 Rudy Vallee Flopence Henderson.mp3
    48. Tonight Show 651213 Rudy Vallee, Flop.Henderson, J.Leonard.mp3
    49. Tonight Show 660225 AF0530 GBob Barker Cliff Arquette.mp3
    50. Tonight Show 661205 AF0736 1067 Barry Goldwater Mills Bro.mp3
    51. Tonight Show 661214 George Segal Don Ho Fannie Flagg.mp3
    52. Tonight Show 661229 AF0749 1085 Stefanie Powers N.Harrison.mp3
    53. Tonight Show 670109 Af0756 Pat Boones Caesar Buddy Greco.mp3
    54. Tonight Show 670308 Af0798.mp3
    55. Tonight Show 670727 1226 AFRS Host-B.Newhart GRoot CReiner.mp3
    56. Tonight Show 670802 Bob Eleanora Hope S.Tate L.Nye.mp3
    57. Tonight Show 670804 Joan Baez Agnes Moorehead, Jack Haskell.mp3
    58. Tonight Show 670816 L.Armstrong E.Arden Cyril Ritchard.mp3
    59. Tonight Show 670817 Bobbie Gentry, Fannie Flagg, Hugh Hefner.mp3
    60. Tonight Show 671011 Af0963 L.Armstrong E.Lanchester.mp3
    61. Tonight Show 690201 Bob Merrill Jan Peercecr.mp3
    62. Tonight Show Af0739.mp3
    63. Tonight Show Af0756.mp3
    64. Tonight Show Af0773.mp3
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    63 recordings on 27 Audio CDs. Total playtime 24 hours, 18 min
    63 recordings on 27 Audio CDs
    total playtime 24 hours, 18 min

    Johnny Carson Disc A001

    1. Johnny Carson 19490000 Reading Thesis

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    Johnny Carson Disc A002

    1. Johnny Carson 19680131 Jim Garrison
    2. Johnny Carson 19680511 Marlon Brando

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    Johnny Carson Disc A003

    1. Johnny Carson 19690422 Old Time Radio

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    Johnny Carson Disc A004

    1. Johnny Carson 19740307 Don Deluise and Rodney Dangerfield
    2. Johnny Carson 19740521 Don Rickles and Michael Landon

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    Johnny Carson Disc A005

    1. Johnny Carson 19750103 Ronald Reagan
    2. Johnny Carson 19750314 Michael Landon
    3. Johnny Carson 19760000 Ellen Corby
    4. Johnny Carson 19760000 Jonathan Winters

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    Johnny Carson Disc A006

    1. Johnny Carson 19771201 Betty White
    2. Johnny Carson 19780000 Farrah Fawcett
    3. Johnny Carson 19781005 Betty White Female Reporter
    4. Johnny Carson 19790208 Betty White Adam and Eve
    5. Johnny Carson 19790227 Sophia Loren
    6. Johnny Carson 19800326 Henry Fonda

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    Johnny Carson Disc A007

    1. Johnny Carson 19800904 Fred Rogers
    2. Johnny Carson 19801211 Jimmy Stewart
    3. Johnny Carson 19810914 B.White Tarzan Jane Number Years
    4. Johnny Carson 19811112 Betty White
    5. Johnny Carson 19820000 Whos on First Spoof President Reagan
    6. Johnny Carson 19830202 Reagan Press Conference

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    Johnny Carson Disc A008

    1. Johnny Carson 19830729 Reenact Carter vs Reagan Debate 1980
    2. Johnny Carson 19830907 Betty White Malibu Restaurant
    3. Johnny Carson 19831115 Gilda Radner
    4. Johnny Carson 19840302 John Ritter
    5. Johnny Carson 19871007 Betty White

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    Johnny Carson Disc A009

    1. Johnny Carson 19880728 Bill Clinton
    2. Johnny Carson 19890104 Jimmy Stewart and Bob Saget

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    Johnny Carson Disc A010

    1. Johnny Carson 19890310 Michael Landon

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    Johnny Carson Disc A011

    1. Johnny Carson 19891124 Nancy Reagan

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    Johnny Carson Disc A012

    1. Johnny Carson 19900119 Michael Landon
    2. Johnny Carson 19920000 Rodney Dangerfield
    3. Johnny Carson Bloopers
    4. Johnny Carson Freberg
    5. Johnny Carson Groucho Marx

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    Johnny Carson Disc A013

    1. Johnny Carson Half Century Of Comedy Part 1

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    Johnny Carson Disc A014

    1. Johnny Carson Jack Webb - Copper Clapper Caper
    2. Tonight Show 1079
    3. Tonight Show 1084

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    Johnny Carson Disc A015

    1. Tonight Show 1089
    2. Tonight Show 1094 Host Sammy Davis Jr

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    Johnny Carson Disc A016

    1. Tonight Show Af0739
    2. Tonight Show Af0756

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    Johnny Carson Disc A017

    1. Tonight Show Af0773

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    Johnny Carson Disc A018

    1. Tonight Show 550722 Tv Audio

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    Johnny Carson Disc A019

    1. Tonight Show 651213 Af0476 Rudy Vallee Flopence Henderson
    2. Tonight Show 651213 Rudy Vallee, Flop.Henderson, J.Leonard

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    Johnny Carson Disc A020

    1. Tonight Show 660225 AF0530 GBob Barker Cliff Arquette
    2. Tonight Show 661205 AF0736 1067 Barry Goldwater Mills Bro

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    Johnny Carson Disc A021

    1. Tonight Show 661214 George Segal Don Ho Fannie Flagg
    2. Tonight Show 661229 AF0749 1085 Stefanie Powers N.Harrison

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    Johnny Carson Disc A022

    1. Tonight Show 670109 Af0756 Pat Boones Caesar Buddy Greco
    2. Tonight Show 670308 Af0798

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    Johnny Carson Disc A023

    1. Tonight Show 670727 1226 AFRS Host-B.Newhart GRoot CReiner
    2. Tonight Show 670802 Bob Eleanora Hope S.Tate L.Nye

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    Johnny Carson Disc A024

    1. Tonight Show 670804 Joan Baez Agnes Moorehead, Jack Haskell
    2. Tonight Show 670816 L.Armstrong E.Arden Cyril Ritchard

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    Johnny Carson Disc A025

    1. Tonight Show 670817 Bobbie Gentry, Fannie Flagg, Hugh Hefner
    2. Tonight Show 671011 Af0963 L.Armstrong E.Lanchester

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    Johnny Carson Disc A026

    1. Tonight Show 690201 Bob Merrill Jan Peercecr

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    Johnny Carson Disc A027

    1. Jack Benny 741023 Mel Blanc on Johnny Carson

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