Ed McMahon

Skeleton Crew would like to express their deepest sympathy to Pam McMahon and to all of us, Ed’s extended family, upon learning of the passing of a television icon and legend: Ed McMahon. The band had the pleasure of meeting and working with Ed during the tapingof Star Search ’93 in Orlando, Florida. That season’s show was remarkable in that it spawned so many superstar artists including Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child (known as Girl Tyme then and who we beat with a “Four Star” performance), Justin Timberlake (tiny county singer at the time), and Beth Hart (she won best female vocalist and deserved it: awesome talent!). Ed made everyone feel like a winner.

Here’s some excerpts from friends and colleagues as reported by the Associated Press:

Doc Severinson, “Tonight” bandleader during the Carson era, said McMahon was a man “full of life and joy and celebration.”

“He will be sorely missed. He was one of the greats in show business, but most of all he was a gentleman. I miss my friend,” Severinson said in a statement.

David Letterman paid tribute to McMahon as a “true broadcaster” and key part of Carson’s show.

“Ed McMahon’s voice at 11:30 was a signal that something great was about to happen. Ed’s introduction of Johnny was a classic broadcasting ritual — reassuring and exciting,” Letterman said, adding, “We will miss him.”

Letterman’s bandleader, Paul Shaffer, said McMahon “defined professionalism in broadcasting.”

He was the consumate professional and a gracious host. He brought us back to his dressing room after one of the many tapings we had for a formal introduction and photograph. I have the photograph of the entire band with Ed and will find time to scan and upload to this post later. I’ll never forget one thing about Ed after we first shook hands I thought: “Ed has the softest hands I have ever shook!” He will be sorely missed. We love you Ed! ~Bill