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Paul Shaffer

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Paul Shaffer

Canadian-American musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and composer who has been David Lettermans musical director, band leader and sidekick since 1982 add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1949.

Countries: United States (74%), Canada (7%), Idaho (6%)

Main connections: Late Show with David Letterman, Bill Murray, Netflix

Linked to: CBS, The Walt Disney Company, The World's Most Dangerous Party, University of Toronto




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Paul Shaffer was born in 1949 add something


He used his trusty Oberheim OB-Xa to emulate a 1960s organ sound add something


Lee Hazlewood - Hazlewood wrote "This Town", a song that was recorded by Frank Sinatra that appeared on his 1969 album "Greatest Hits" and is the basis for Paul Shaffer's "Small Town News" segment theme on the "Late Show with David Letterman"


As a child Shaffer had lessons on the piano, and by his teenage years had moved on to playing the organ in a band called Fabulous Fugitives with his schoolmates in Thunder Bay. Later he performed with the "Flash Landing Band" at different venues around Edmonton and the Interior of B.C. Educated at the University of Toronto, he began playing with jazz guitarist Tisziji Muñoz, performing in bands around the bars there, where he found an interest in musicals, and completed his studies, with a B.A. degree in Sociology in 1971 add something


Shaffer began his music career in 1972 when Stephen Schwartz invited him as the musical director for the Toronto production of "Godspell", starring Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas and Andrea Martin add something


He went on to play piano for the Schwartz Broadway show "The Magic Show" in 1974, became a member of the house band on NBC's popular "Saturday Night Live" television program from 1975 to 1980 add something


In 1977, Shaffer left "SNL" for a few months to co-star with Greg Evigan in "A Year at the Top", a short-lived CBS sitcom in which Shaffer and Evigan play two musicians from Idaho who relocate to Hollywood where they are regularly tempted by a famous promoter , played by Gabriel Dell, to sell their souls in exchange for a year of stardom add something


In 1977, Shaffer played on the Mark & Clark Band's hit record "Worn Down Piano" add something


In the fall of 1979, Shaffer became the first person to say "fuck" on "SNL" add something


Shaffer was to appear in the duo's 1980 film, but, as he revealed in October 2009 on "CBS Sunday Morning", Belushi dropped him from the project add something


In 1982, he co-wrote "It's Raining Men," with Paul Jabara add something


Shaffer recorded the famous synthesizer solo in the 1982 hit "Goodbye to You" by the band Scandal add something


Kevin Bright - After moving to Los Angeles in 1982, he started work in comedy programming such as "The History of White People in America" and comedy specials starring Robin Williams, Martin Mull, Harry Shearer, Paul Shaffer, and Merrill Markoe


Warren Zevon - Occasionally, between 1982 and 2001, Zevon filled in for Paul Shaffer as bandleader on "Late Night with David Letterman" and later "Late Show with David Letterman"


Shaffer has served as musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986 and filled the same role for the 1996 Olympic Games closing ceremonies from Atlanta, Georgia add something


Shaffer has released two solo albums, 1989's Grammy-nominated "Coast to Coast", and 1993's "The World's Most Dangerous Party", produced by rock icon Todd Rundgren add something


Carl Perkins - During 1989, Perkins signed a record deal with Platinum Records LTD for an album with the title "Friends, Family, and Legends", featuring performances by Chet Atkins, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner, Joan Jett and Charlie Daniels, along with Paul Shaffer and Will Lee. During 1992, during the production of this CD, Perkins developed throat cancer


Late Night with David Letterman - Ringo Starr was talked into playing drums unrehearsed with Paul Shaffer's band when he appeared in 1989


Shaffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band performed the Chuck Berry song "Roll over Beethoven" for the 1992 film "Beethoven" add something


Tom Malone (musician) - In 1993, Malone reunited with "SNL" veterans Paul Shaffer , and Will Lee, , in the CBS Orchestra


Felicia Collins - Just after completing work on Cyndi Lauper's "Hat Full of Stars" tour in 1993, Collins was asked by bandleader Paul Shaffer to join the CBS Orchestra


In 1995, he appeared in Blues Traveler's video for the song "Hook" add something


Around 1998 he was a square on "Hollywood Squares" add something


He would go on to appear in 1998's "Blues Brothers 2000" add something


Shaffer has appeared in a number of motion pictures over the years, including a small role in Rob Reiner's "This Is Spinal Tap", "Blues Brothers 2000", a scene with Miles Davis in the Bill Murray film "Scrooged" and as a passenger in John Travolta's taxicab in "Look Who's Talking Too." In addition, Shaffer lent his voice to Disney's animated feature and television series "Hercules," as the character Hermes add something


Shaffer has guest-hosted the show a few times when Letterman was unavailable, including during Letterman's January 2000 medical leave for quintuple heart bypass surgery, and during the birth of Letterman's son Harry in November 2003 add something


In 2001, Shaffer hosted the VH1 game show "Cover Wars" with DJ/model Sky Nellor add something


Shaffer served as musical director for 2001's The Concert for New York City, and accompanied Adam Sandler's Opera Man sketch and the Backstreet Boys' "Quit Playing Games " add something


In 2002, a street which surrounds the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium in his hometown was renamed Paul Shaffer Drive add something


Since 2002, he has been the national spokesperson for ://www add something


Earl Scruggs - In 2002 Scruggs won a second Grammy *award for the 2001 recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown", which featured artists such as Steve Martin on 2nd banjo solo , Vince Gill and Albert Lee on electric guitar solos, Paul Shaffer on piano, Leon Russell on organ, and Marty Stuart on mandolin


In 2005, along with Steve Van Zandt, he organized a benefit for Mike Smith , who had suffered a paralyzing fall at his home in Spain add something


On September 29, 2005, Shaffer made a major contribution to Lakehead University to dedicate the fifth floor ATAC boardroom to his father Bernard Shaffer, inaugural member of the Board of Governors add something


Allen Toussaint - His first television appearance after the hurricane was on the September 7, 2005 episode of the "Late Show with David Letterman", sitting in with Paul Shaffer and his CBS Orchestra


In June 2006, he received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame add something


Democratic Party (United States) - For example, Paul Shaffer played the theme on the Late Show with David Letterman after the Democrats won Congress in 2006


These audio shorts were first produced for Envision Radio Networks and debuted in 2007 on New York station WAXQ-FM add something


Shaffer's memoir, "We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Show-biz Saga" was published on October 6, 2009 add something


In 2010, Shaffer appeared with Bachman & Turner at the Roseland Ballroom in New York add something


The concert raised money for the people who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 add something


Later in 2012, Shaffer appeared in a skit of "SNL Christmas", which aired on Saturday, December 15, 2012 add something


In February 2013, he appeared in an episode of the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" titled "P.S. I Love You", in which it is revealed that the character of Robin used to be obsessed with him add something


In February 2015 Shaffer appeared on the 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live, playing music to Bill Murray's lounge singer character, a love song from the movie Jaws add something


In May 2015, the Ride of Fame honored Paul Shaffer with a double decker sightseeing bus in New York City to commemorate his long run as the leader of the CBS Orchestra for the Late Show with David Letterman add something


Will Lee (bassist) - On the May 13, 2015 episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, as Letterman was interviewing Paul Shaffer, Shaffer gave recognition to the members of his his band, and lastly mentioned Lee as the "man has been with us on bass since the first night we were on Late Night, Will Lee."


A Very Murray Christmas - The film features an ensemble cast including Bill Murray, George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy_Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, May 2015 a Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus and was released on December 4, 2015 on Netflix


In 2017, Shaffer reunited with his band, resuming its previous name, and recorded the self-titled album "Paul Shaffer & the World's Most Dangerous Band" add something


In October 2017, Shaffer returned to the late night stage to perform with the band on Jimmy Kimmel Live add something


Shaffer wrote and performs the theme song and bridging music on Letterman's current Netflix series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" which premiered in 2018 add something


Beginning in the summer of 2019, Shaffer will host "Paul Shaffer Plus One", a monthly talk show on SiriusXM and AXS TV that will feature Shaffer interviewing colleagues in the music industry such as Sammy Hagar, Graham Nash, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan add something