Paul Shaffer 70th Birthday Special

 
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Musician and television personality Paul Shaffer celebrated his 70th birthday on November 28, 2019. Although he's most famous as David Letterman's bandleader and sidekick for 33 years, Shaffer has had a fascinating career in music over the years. In his early years, Shaffer co-wrote songs and/or performed with comedy legends like Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner. As he made more of a name for himself, he did session work with recording artists like Joan Armatrading, Scandal, and Robert Plant. Ultimately, his reputation and experience as a TV bandleader led to him to numerous gigs overseeing the music for high-profile, all-star concerts.

 

In this one-hour special, we sample all of these aspects to Paul Shaffer's career and talk to the man himself with a phone interview recorded in 2017.

 

Below is a somewhat blurry photo of the host of the special, WYEP's Mike Sauter, with Shaffer.