• WATCH: Videos – The Jackson Five cover “Doctor My Eyes” by Jackson Browne – Who Sang It Better?
  • WATCH: The Police – “Roxanne” LIVE at Pinkpop Festival 1979
  • WATCH: Paul Davis – “Cool Night” on Solid Gold Classic -1981
  • WATCH: “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” LIVE by Looking Glass – 1972
  • WATCH: Bob Seger – “Beautiful Loser” Rare LIVE Version – 1976?

WATCH: Videos – The Jackson Five cover “Doctor My Eyes” by Jackson Browne – Who Sang It Better?

If you grew up in the 70’s you could not miss the incredible voice of singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, who had a string of classic hits including “Running on Empty”, “Take It Easy”, “Somebody’s Baby” and, of course, his 1972 smash “Doctor My Eyes.” But while looking up a great LIVE version of JB performing that song, I came across something I didn’t expect: a cover of the song by none other…

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WATCH: The Police – “Roxanne” LIVE at Pinkpop Festival 1979

Apparently, Pinkpop was a Dutch music festival (had to look that one up) and in addition to the Police, on the stage in 1979 were The Average White Band, Dire Straits, Elvis Costello and Rush. Not a bad lineup! Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Roxanne” is a song by English rock band The Police. Written by lead singer and bassist Sting, the song was released in April 1978…

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WATCH: Paul Davis – “Cool Night” on Solid Gold Classic -1981

Another great video, this time of Paul Davis with his classic hit, “Cool Night” from 1981. This appearance on Solid Gold Classic (remember the Solid Gold Dancers?) is a “live”performance in that it is in front of a live TV audience, but not performed live, just lip-synced to the record.  We tried to find a real “live” performance from back in the day, but no luck. “Cool Night” was released…

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WATCH: “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” LIVE by Looking Glass – 1972

“Brandy” was HUGE in 1972, and ended up being the No. 1 song on both the Billboard and Cashbox charts for the year … and deservedly so. It was written and composed by Elliot Lurie and recorded by Lurie’s band, Looking Glass, on their debut album also called Looking Glass.  It’s an odd subject for a rock song; a barmaid from a bygone era whose heart belongs to a man who’d…

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WATCH: Bob Seger – “Beautiful Loser” Rare LIVE Version – 1976?

It’s difficult finding videos of Bob Seger from back in his early days, performing LIVE. This is not the best video, but I think it gives you a sense of what it was like to see him perform in concert. Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Beautiful Loser” is a song written and recorded by American rock artist Bob Seger. It was the title track on his 1975 studio…

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WATCH: Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing” @ Wembley Arena, July 10, 1985

This was part of the “Brothers in Arms” tour from the summer of 1985, and Dire Straits was riding high with their hit “Money for Nothing” which, as you will probably recall, was a big hit on MTV because of the early use of digital animation to tell the story of two appliance installers. Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Money for Nothing” is a single by British rock…

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WATCH: Elvin Bishop “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – LIVE on The Midnight Special – Oct 21, 1977

A definative rock classic, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” hits home for a lot of people who grew up in the 70’s. Here’s more on the song from Wikipedia: “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” is a single written and performed by blues guitarist Elvin Bishop. It appeared on his 1975 album Struttin’ My Stuff and was released as a single the following year. Bishop does not sing lead…

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WATCH: Ace – “How Long (Has This Been Going On)” – LIVE 1977

Great LIVE version of the song “How Long” from the British band Ace from 1977. Although the video quality isn’t the best, the sound is good and it’s hard to find a video of these guys live from back in the day. The song, originally released in 1974 off their album Five a Side, reached No. 3 in the US and Canadian charts, and No. 20 in the UK chart. So,…

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WATCH: Original Five Man Electric Band – “Signs” vs Tesla version

This started out as an attempt to find a LIVE version of the classic 70’s song “Signs” by the Five Man Electric Band back in the day, and ended up with me only being able to find the original recording of that song (which is still great, by the way) as well as dozens of cover versions over the years, most notably by the band Tesla. So, why not give…

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WATCH: The Bangles LIVE – “James” – Pittsburgh, PA 1986

Great LIVE performance by the 80’s all girl group, The Bangles, who had a string of hits during the decade. “James” was not one of them, but I thought it was an interesting live performance of song that we haven’t heard a million times already! The song is from their debut album, All Over the Place, released in 1984. Here’s more on the album from Wikipedia: All Over the Place…

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