I have mentioned in earlier posts how much a really good performance on Letterman can increase your fan base. In the case of #6 on our top 10 countdown. This gentleman built a separate career out of it. Other musicians have filled in for Paul Shaffer (one may be coming up in the countdown) as band leader, but this is the only musician that I remember as actually hosting the show at the big desk. Elvis Costello sat in as the host for David Letterman when he was out in 2003. He was the witty host and the musically gifted musical guest. This also turned into a side career for Elvis who turned his gift for gab into a show on the Sundance Channel. He sits down and interviews guests for the Elvis Costello-hosted show called Spectacle.
As part of the video below Elvis has a go at his own musical career and then has a go at “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love & Understanding?” A truly timeless Nick Lowe song that sadly may be sung way past Elvis’ and our life time. He introduced himself saying, “Every woman wants to be his pal, every man wants to sleep with him.” His band is on fire and he ends with a snarl as host, “We will be right back after these capitalist messages.”
At #6 I give you Elvis Costello as (a better?) David Letterman.