A random guy was sitting in the audience during Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” in 1985 when something pretty cool happened. Carson said, “Horatio Gutierrez (a classical pianist) couldn’t come tonight because he accidentally shut his hand in a car door and didn’t want to chance playing the Tonight Show. Can anybody here play the piano?”
The man in the audience, named David Tolley, volunteered and played “Memory.”
After that, he got a bunch of phone calls—naturally.
He was also called back onto the Tonight Show to play a second time:
David has since performed at the White House, written and recorded music for Euro Disney and other corporate clients, and recorded nine albums, according to his website.