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

07/17/2018

“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: Jim Croce LIVE “Operator” – 1972

05/20/2018

What a talent and gone WAY to soon. We were just getting to know singer/songwriter Jim Croce in the early 1970’s with hits like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” when he hits us with this insightful story-song, “Operator,” also commonly referred to as “That’s Not the Way It Feels.” “Operator”  was written and recorded in 1972 single Croce as part of his Don’t Mess…

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

04/13/2018

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

03/30/2018

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…

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WATCH: Linda Ronstadt nails “Long, Long Time” LIVE on The Midnight Special PILOT in 1972

03/28/2018

I watched a number of videos of Linda Ronstadt performing live back in the day before finding this one, and the one thing I can tell you is she nails it EVERY time. Each one made me stop, listen, and be stunned again by her enormous talent.  Unlike a lot of today’s female performers, Ronstadt’s voice is as clear and strong live as it is recorded. Many times it would…

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

03/26/2018

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…

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WATCH: Rare Deep Purple Performance of “Highway Star” on German TV -Feb 1972 – Altered Lyrics?

03/11/2018

It’s great when we find videos of unusual LIVE performances, especially from a band’s early years.  In this case we were looking for a live version of “Highway Star” by Deep Purple, a rock staple since it came out in 1972. According to our information “Highway Star”, which was off the Machine Head album, was recorded in December 1971 and released in March 1972. Along the way, the band stopped…

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WATCH: Don McLean sings ‘American Pie’ LIVE at the BBC – 1972

01/15/2018

One of the most iconic rock songs of all time, ‘American Pie’ holds a special place in the hearts for many rock fans.  It was released on McLean’s American Pie album in 1971, and shot to number-one in the United States in early 1972, for four weeks from January 15 to February 5.  As most fans also know, the lyrics repeatedly mentioned “day the music died” in reference to the…

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