Monday, July 30, 2007

Talk show titan passes on; gave Weird Al his TV debut

Long time talk show host Tom Snyder passed away Sunday evening at the age of 71. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of Snyder himself. However, no one could deny the power-packed guests Snyder could book on his late night shows. John Lennon, Charles Manson, cast members of Star Trek, just to name a few.

For me, Snyder’s show served the ultimate noble purpose when he offered a venue for Weird Al Yankovic’s television debut.

Al, along with band mate Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, appeared on Snyder’s Tomorrow Show in 1981. One of the first songs Yankovic ever parodied was Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust.

Here now is Weird Al Yankovic performing one of his first hits on said TV debut, Another One Rides the Bus.


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