When Rickey Minor picks up the baton and becomes the new bandleader for NBC’s "The Tonight Show" this coming Monday, June 7, he will also introduce a brand new theme song for the show, reports Variety. [Note: Variety is behind a firewall. You may be asked to register and/or pay to see this story on its site.]
This will be the second "Tonight Show" song connected to Jay Leno’s tenure since his return to the show in March. Minor and his brand new song make their debut on Monday night’s broadcast.
When Johnny Carson became the host of the "Tonight Show," he asked songwriter Paul Anka to come up with a new theme. Anka did, and later said that he received $200 each night it was played on the show, according to ClassicThemes.com.
By the time Carson finally called it quits, according to the site, Anka had received about $1.6 million in royalties from the playing of the theme on-air.