Letterman: The 'Musicians' Late Night Show

DAVID LETTERMAN is entering his last full week of Late Show’s after a record 33 years in Late night TV. While a comedy pioneer and a huge presence in entertainment himself, Late Night has been a bastion for musicians and performers to showcase their wares. We’ve collated some of the best and iconic performances below:

Sonny and Cher: I Got You Babe’ (1987)

Sonny and Cher singing ‘I got you babe’ for the last time is something you cannot really plan. What makes it even more special is that they really weren’t the best of friends at this time, but were willing to do this on Letterman. It was a testament to the respect for him within the entertainment community.


Foo Fighters: Everlong (2000)

Dave had triple bypass surgery in 2000 and for his first show back he personally chose the band he wanted to perform. He introduced them as His favourite band playing his favourite song, this performance shows the respect that Letterman also had to musicians and the unpredictable taste in music he has.


Paul McCartney: Get Back (2009)

The Late Show is filmed in the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre, which was the location of The Beatles infamous first American performance. When Paul McCartney returned in 2009, instead of going on the hallowed stage alone, he decided to re-create The Beatles infamous rooftop performance from 1969 a top Apple Record’s Studio, but this time on the marquee of the Late Show. It’s something you won’t see again.


Beyonce: Crazy in Love (2003)

A personal fave of mine. Back when Beyonce wasn’t simple ‘Beyonce’ she was ‘Beyonce from Destiny’s Child’. This was one of her first big solo performances and it, with it’s iconic dance moves, could be considered classic now.


Tracy Chapman: Stand By Me (2015)

This performance is from the second to last week of Letterman’s show this month. It appears the musical performances are being chosen specifically by Letterman himself. Chapman performs the Ben E. King Classic that Dave said he used to sing to his son Harry when he couldn’t sleep.


Bonus: Lorde: Tennis Court (2013)

Kiwi sensation Lorde made one of her first U.S. TV performances on Letterman. As with most of the performances on the show it highlighted the best of Lorde’s Live performance.

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Dane McLean

Everything from Mad Men to Workaholics plus every trashy reality show you can think of, TV addiction is real. Twitter: @Dane_McLean
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