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  • Talk Show Turnover: Who's the best talk show music sidekick?

    Doc Severinsen, Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson on 'The Tonight Show.' (AP)

    Conan O’Brien is losing his musical sidekick.

    Max Weinberg, who was Conan’s bandleader from the very beginning of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 1993, will not appear on Conan’s new TBS show this November, O’Brien’s rep confirmed on Monday.

    After “Late Night,” Weinberg, who is also a longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen, stood by Conan’s side in his short-lived role as host of “The Tonight Show.”

    SODAHEAD SLIDESHOW: See the best ever musical sidekicks.

    According to NBC, Weinberg was the only member of Conan’s band to not go on the “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour this year. Instead, he toured with his own big band — a sign of things to come.

    As guitarist Jimmy Vivino steps in as Conan’s new bandleader, it makes us wonder: Who is the best bandleader/musical sidekick of all time?

    Our vote goes to Paul Shaffer, who has supported David Letterman’s late-night shows, but we also love The Roots on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” who have redefined the notion of the “house band.”

    But hey, maybe you’re more of a Doc Severinsen fan?

    Click the slideshow to see some of the best.


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