David Letterman is one of the USA’s entertainment kings. Since 1982 he has been hosting one of the biggest talk shows around, starting with the Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20th, 2015 broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night and Late Show making him the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history.
One thing will surely be missed more than most though. Letterman’s musical guest spots served as one of America’s greatest launch pads. It made stars out of unknowns and gave us some emotional and memorable moments. As Letterman bids good night and goodbye one last time we’re bringing you some of our favourite performances over the years. Let us know what your favourites are in the comments and we wish David all the best.
James Brown – There Was A Time/Sex Machine/Cold Sweat (1982)
It’s not obvious if James Brown showed up in 1982 on Letterman’s set knowing there was a time limit but 13 minutes later, he had everyone in the studio up on their feet and dancing during his medley.