Doc Severinsen

Born Jul 7, 1927

Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen is an American pop and jazz trumpeter. He is best known for leading the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Doc Severinsen.


1927 Birth Born on July 7, 1927.


1954 27 Years Old Starting in 1954 during Steve Allen's tenure as host of NBC-TV's Tonight, Doc Severinsen played first trumpet in the band directed by Skitch Henderson.


1962 35 Years Old He actually joined "The Tonight Show Band" several months before Johnny Carson's becoming host in October 1962.


1967 40 Years Old Severinsen took over as bandleader in 1967 and soon became noted for his flashy fashions. … Read More


1983 56 Years Old Severinsen was the principal pops conductor for several American orchestras during and after his tenure on The Tonight Show. His first was with the Phoenix Symphony in 1983. … Read More


2001 74 Years Old Severinsen was also named Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music and Katherine K. Herberger Heritage Chair for Visiting Artists at Arizona State University School of Music in 2001 and 2002. … Read More
2012 85 Years Old As of 2012, Severinsen is still performing on a regular basis with the group Doc Severinsen & the San Miguel 5 (formerly known as El Ritmo De La Vida). … Read More
2014 87 Years Old In 2014, Doc Severinsen was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame along with Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch's Sig Hansen and famed singer, Bobby Vee.
2016 89 Years Old In March, 2016, Severinsen appeared with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as conductor and soloist. … Read More
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