“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is becoming perhaps the greatest proponent of new music on television. So much so that it even got the oft-grumpy Neil Young to do some experimenting. Young was joined by good pal (and fellow weirdo) Jack White, who brought along his Voice-O-Graph from his Third Man Record Store, which is essentially a phone booth sized recording station in which you can record music straight to a vinyl pressing.
Rather than sit there and admire it, Neil put it to good use, nailing a cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” (made famous by Patsy Cline), which was instantly pressed to 6″ vinyl right there on the show. It was essentially a piece of history, as it was the first time a song was recorded and pressed directly on live television. Young had used the same 1940’s style recording booth to record his new LP, “A Letter Home,” which is out May 27.
See below to watch Neil record “Crazy,” as well as a web exclusive in which he performs Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby.” The picture below, courtesy of Fallon’s Twitter, shows the final pressing of “Crazy.”
Wow. That was fun. Neil Young singing “Crazy” on our show tonight!!! pic.twitter.com/DVR2LyGy2b
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 12, 2014