I didn 't watch Carson for the music -but he was top of the heap in his field , unmatched by anyone. Mho I believe he influenced every type of comic media of his time- books, movies, tv. He was the true king of comedy- timing, wit, brilliant without being stuffy, cool yet engaging. - he had it all. And he was at his happiest when a new comedic talent did a groundbreaking monologue that won over the audience. He paved the way for all the great comics of the time, many who we are still watching today. But I never watched him for the music. For the music, I watched Dave.