• WATCH: What Makes This Song Great? Van Halen’s “Running With the Devil” – Rick Beato
  • WATCH: The Moody Blues – “Your Wildest Dreams” from 1986
  • WATCH: All Girl Group Rocks “You Really Got Me Now” LIVE – Heiress
  • WATCH: The Cars  “Just What I Needed” on The Midnight Special 1978
  • WATCH: Rod Stewart – Maggie May (LIVE 1972) *Rare* HQ

WATCH: What Makes This Song Great? Van Halen’s “Running With the Devil” – Rick Beato

Have you ever wanted to understand what really makes a great song? What it takes to put everything together just right to get that incredible sound? I’ve wanted a number of this guy’s videos and Rick Beato is the real deal!  Here’s more from his Facebook page biography: Rick Beato is a musician, teacher, and father of three. Rick has worked as a writer/producer with various bands in the rock…

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WATCH: The Moody Blues – “Your Wildest Dreams” from 1986

Why can’t life be like an 80’s music video? Or at least some 80’s music videos, as this might not be the best example, but more on that later. The Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams” is a 1986 single written by the band’s lead singer, principal songwriter and lead guitarist Justin Hayward and was first released as a single, and later released on their album The Other Side of Life….

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WATCH: All Girl Group Rocks “You Really Got Me Now” LIVE – Heiress

First off, the video is labeled as a cover of Van Halen’s “You Really Got Me Now” and I know some of you are going to remind me that the song was originally released by The Kinks back in 1964 and covered by VH in 1978, peaking at 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. If you listen to the video, it’s obvious the young ladies of Heiress are trying to…

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WATCH: The Cars “Just What I Needed” on The Midnight Special 1978

Another great performance on the late late 70’s and early 80’s show “The Midnight Special, this time from The Cars!  “Just What I Needed” was released as their debut single from their self-titled debut album, The Cars, released in 1978 on Elektra Records. The song started as a demo, and became a successful single for The Cars, hitting the The Top 30 on the Billboard Charts, and continues to be…

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WATCH: Rod Stewart – Maggie May (LIVE 1972) *Rare* HQ

It’s great to see the pre-disco Rod Stewart here, rocking out his first big solo hit, “Maggie May” from 1971 which was actually the B-side to another, but lesser, hit “Reason to Believe.” off his Every Picture Tells a Story album. Here’s more from Wikipedia: “Maggie May” is a song co-written with Martin Quittenton and performed by singer Rod Stewart from his album Every Picture Tells a Story, released in…

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WATCH: Deep Purple – “Smoke On The Water” LIVE in New York 1973

Let’s say this right off the top: “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple is probably the most overplayed song on classic rock radio. There, I said it! Seems like it’s on about once an hour, more often at peak drive times. On the other hand, how often have to seen it performed LIVE by the band, back in the day? Not as often? We found a great video from…

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WATCH: Steve Perry & Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin'” & “Who’s Cryin’ Now?” LIVE 1981 Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow Show”

How’s that for an 80’s flashback? We have Steve Perry and Journey not only singing a couple of songs LIVE, but also being interviewed on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder! The only thing more 80’s than that would be Playing Pac-Man while listening to A-Ha on a Sony Walkman while wearing a Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax” shirt. First, let’s start with Mr. Snyder and his show: At that…

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WATCH: Cher & Raquel Welch – “I’m a Woman” LIVE on The Cher Show, 1975

Not going to say too much about this since you’re probably not going to read it anyway and will go straight to the video. About all you need to know is that it features the sexy Raquel Welch and the equally sexy, but also the host of her own show at the time, Cher. The little intro at the beginning is kinda cute, and not bad for 70’s variety show…

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WATCH: Golden Earring’s LIVE version of “Twilight Zone” 1982

What a great band that doesn’t get nearly the love or respect it deserves! Especially one that’s been together since 1961, if you can believe it! (I had to check several sources before I did.) Golden Earring is also a Dutch band that got its start as the Golden Earrings (“s” was dropped in 1969), which first achieved worldwide fame with their hits “Radar Love” in 1973,  and then nine…

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WATCH: Chris Rea – “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” LIVE 1983 – German TV

“Fool If You Think It’s Over” is one of those great songs from the late 70’s that comes on the radio and you remember it fondly from back in the day, and then think about the group that sang it which was …., uh, no, not them, maybe it was??? And then the song is over and you’re on to something else and don’t think about it again until the…

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