A musical tour through the life of Paul Shaffer

Musician and former Late Show with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer takes listeners through some of the songs and bands that he has inspired him throughout the years.
Musician Paul Shaffer served as the band leader on David Letterman's Late Show for many years. (Getty Images for Stand For the Troops)

Some may know Paul Shaffer as the fearless band leader of David Letterman's late night show but the Canadian-American musician has had a long career outside of that as well. 

Today on the show, Tom Power talks to Paul Shaffer about his many musical achievements, from his work with Gilda Radner to his upcoming return with The World's Most Dangerous Band. Along the way, we learn some fun facts about Shaffer, including the song that inspired him to make music as well as the fact that he helped record one of the most popular song of the '80s, the Weather Girls' "It's Raining Men"! 

Below is a list of songs mentioned in today's interview. Hit play and follow along. 

Ferrante and Teicher, 'Theme From Exodus'

Godspell, 'All For the Best'

Blues Brothers, 'Soul Man'

Gilda Radner, 'Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals'

The Weather Girls, 'It's Raining Men'

The World's Most Dangerous Band, 'Yeh Yeh' 

— Produced by Chris Trowbridge


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