Tonight marks the final episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, bringing an end to the legendary career of the longest running late-night talk show host. It also marks the dissolution of the CBS Orchestra, which has stuck with Letterman since his days at NBC when they were known as the World’s Most Dangerous Band. Bass guru Will Lee has held it down for the band for all 33 years since their formation in 1982.
Today we’re celebrating the thousands of times that the bassist performed for millions of viewers with a video from last year. Lee, who also has an incredible studio career, was the center of attention for an all-out version of “MacArthur Park” with the orchestra. Songwriter Jimmy Webb joined for the performance to create an over-the-top production that’s pinned together by Lee’s bass and vocal prowess.
The end of the Late Show certainly isn’t the end of Lee’s career, and we’re looking forward seeing what he brings to the table next. Congratulations, Will!