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…


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…


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…


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…


WATCH: The Osmonds – “One Bad Apple” – LIVE TV Performance On “Beat-Club”


Who doesn’t know who the Osmonds are? Even if you’re not a fan of their music, they seemed to be everywhere during the 70’s (TV, radio, live performances) and little sister Marie still hawks some weight loss plan on TV commercials to this dayu.  The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet in the 60’s consisting of older brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay and were later joined by younger siblings…


WATCH: Montrose performs “Bad Motor Scooter” LIVE – 1974 w. Sammy Hagar


What a great live performance! For those who aren’t familiar with the band, Montrose was a California-based band formed in early 1973 and which originally featured Ronnie Montrose on guitar, future Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Ted Templeman, was released on Warner Bros in late 1973, and while it was not a big seller at the time…


WATCH: Very Early J. Geils Band LIVE @Boston’s Orpheum Theater 1972 – “Floyd’s Hotel” + “Hard Drivin’ Man”


Most of us are familiar with the J. Geils Band from their radio hits in the early 80’s, including: “Love Stinks” (which reached #38 in 1980), “Freeze-Frame” (which reached #4 in the Billboard Top 200 in 1981), and “Centerfold” (which reached #1 in the United States in early 1982). What you may not know is that the band got its start in WAY back in 1968, in Worcester, Massachusetts, under…


WATCH: The Ramones rock “Blitzkrieg Bop” LIVE from 1977


The “Blitzkrieg Bop” had gone from hard-hitting rock anthem to mainstream commercial fare. Pretty sure that’s not what The Ramones intended when they released as the band’s debut single in February 1976, but that’s how things turn out in the music business sometimes. “Blitzkrieg Bop” was, of course, the opening track on the band’s debut album, Ramones, that was released April 23, 1976.  According to the band, the song was credited to the…