Now Performing in the Rocky Top Theater
167 East Wears Valley Road Suite #17 (Shops of Pigeon Forge) Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Johnny Carson was born John William Carson on October 23, 1925 and died January 23, 2005. Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa, to Homer "Kit" Lloyd Carson, and Ruth Hook Carson. He grew up in the nearby towns of Avoca, Clarinda and Red Oak in southwest Iowa, before moving to Norfolk, Nebraska at the age of eight. At the age of 12 Carson found a book on magic at a friend's house and immediately purchased a mail-order magician's kit. He debuted as "The Great Carsoni" at 14 and many other performances at local picnics and country fairs followed.
Paul Anka wrote the theme song to the tonight show, a reworking of his "Toot Sweet", renamed "It's Really Love," and recorded by Annette Funicello in 1959. Before taking over The Tonight Show, Carson wrote lyrics for the song and thus claimed 50 percent of the song's performance royalties (even though the lyrics were never used).
Long before the Tonight show Johnny Carson worked as one of Red Skelton's monologue writers and sketch participants. After an accident at a rehearsal where a break-away door didn't break away, It knocked Red out and he could not go on that night's show. Johnny Carson had to fill in for him that night. He could see the look of disappointment when they saw me and nort Red. It was reported that Johnny's opening line to the studio audience was "look, I'm in a spot,....and we're all in this together. They got through the episode and Red Skelton was so happy about the turn of events that Red joked about Johnny Carson sending him a "stay sick card".
Next time you or your friends are visiting Pigeon Forge be sure to catch Brian Hoffman's Tribute to Red Skelton, afternoons in the Live Rock N' Roll Theater 2135 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN. (across the street from the Titanic Museum)
CLICK HERE or on the SHOW SCHEDULE link above to make your reservations.
"Goodnight for now and may God bless"
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