Regis and Tom

Sad to read today of the passing of Regis Philbin, a real TV icon. I liked Regis in general, but specifically I liked him because one night in 1986, he and his then-broadcast partner, Kathie Lee Gifford, came to see our show at Madison Square Garden in New York. After the show, he sent word that he wanted to invite me to be on their show the next day. Specifically me he wanted to invite. That was not a request I was accustomed to receiving.

Mind you, mornings after a show night historically tended to be quite fuzzy for me. Show nights tend to run late, and that one did so. Regis and Kathy Lee's show, some may recall, was quite an early one. My wife and I had to drag ourselves out of bed before 6 am to be transported to the ABC studios, and I can't say that it was anywhere close to being easy to do so. When I look at the clips from that morning, I'm amazed that I appear to be wide awake, even though I know that I wasn't anywhere near to consciousness. Judge for yourself.

In those days, I wrote a song about every town we played in, and they wanted me to perform the song I had written about New York, and that was fun and all, but hardly the stuff of television history. But then, after I finished it, Regis had a little surprise in store. Here is the clip of Regis and I doing his number, and I dedicate it to his memory.

8 comments

  • Jim
    Jim Portola Valley, CA
    Well done. Picking it up in a strange land.

    Well done. Picking it up in a strange land.

  • Mike Preminger
    Mike Preminger Sherman Oaks, Ca.
    Ten years. Who knew what was to come.

    Ten years. Who knew what was to come.

  • Angie
    Angie So. California
    I enjoyed this very much! Nice tribute to Mr. Philbin. Rest In Peace! Thank you!

    I enjoyed this very much! Nice tribute to Mr. Philbin. Rest In Peace!
    Thank you!

  • Larry Brown
    Larry Brown LA
    Great clip Tom !

    Great clip Tom !

  • Patricia Go.es
    Patricia Go.es Elmwood Illinois
    Funny stuff, but I really wanted to here the song you wrote for NY!!! Regis and Kathy was always a fun couple and did some great interviews, even though they could get corny at times. Love the fact that the invited you to be on the show!!!

    Funny stuff, but I really wanted to here the song you wrote for NY!!! Regis and Kathy was always a fun couple and did some great interviews, even though they could get corny at times. Love the fact that the invited you to be on the show!!!

  • Michael Heavey
    Michael Heavey
    You do appear to be wide awake! Sad news about Regis Philbin. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

    You do appear to be wide awake! Sad news about Regis Philbin. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

  • Tom Hensley
    Tom Hensley CA
    Since someone asked, I just may post the NY song this week. Stand clear and watch for falling bricks.

    Since someone asked, I just may post the NY song this week. Stand clear and watch for falling bricks.

  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson Burbank
    What a great clip to see! It is TV history!!

    What a great clip to see! It is TV history!!

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