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

05/28/2018

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: Steve Miller Band LIVE on the Midnight Special (1974)

05/17/2018

This is the full, three song performance, by the Steve Miller Band live at the Midnight Special on January 24th, 1974 and includes The Joker, Sugar Babe, and the as yet unreleased (and somewhat unfinished) version of “Fly Like an Eagle” On this video, there is… 1) The Joker (from 1973’s “The Joker”) 2) Fly Like an Eagle (early version) (from 1976’s “Fly Like an Eagle”) 3) Sugar Babe (from…

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WATCH: Eddie Money – “Baby Hold On To Me” LIVE on The Midnight Special 1977

04/23/2018

Was there ever a less likely rock star than Eddie Money? Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney (like really, who’s last name is actually Money?) into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. Contrary to popular music folklore, Money wasn’t actually a New York City cop before hitting the big time, but his grandfather, father, and one of his brothers were, and Eddie was an…

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

04/16/2018

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: 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: Shirtless Ted Nugent rocks “Cat Scratch Fever” LIVE on The Midnight Special (1978)

03/14/2018

I remember this appearance by “The Motor City Madman” on The Midnight Special back on September 6, 1978.  He played both “Stranglehold” and “Cat Scratch Fever” that night, but the latter really brought the house down as I recall. “Cat Scratch Fever” was originally released on May 13, 1977 from Nugent’s thrid studio  album and is well known for its signature guitar riff, which is a “3-tone minor-key melody harmonized…

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WATCH: ‘Come and Get Your Love’ by Redbone on The Midnight Special LIVE – 1974

01/14/2018

How many rock ‘n’ roll songs performed LIVE on national television start with a minute-long traditional Native American dance?  Probably not very many, which is why this 1974 video of the band Redbone performing their 1974 smash ‘Come and Get Your Love’ on The Midnight Special is so cool. Many fans didn’t know that the band was actually made up entirely of Native Americans, but Redbone clearly wanted to put…

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‘Blinded by the Light’ Was Originally Written & Performed by … Bruce Springsteen?

01/12/2018

A little piece of rock history that we just recently learned about: the classic ‘Blinded by the Light’, which shot to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1977, was originally written by none other than “The Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen! It first appeared on his 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., but was later famously covered by British rock band Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. The cover version changed…

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WATCH: David Essex performs ‘Rock On’ for The Midnight Special – 1974

01/02/2018

“Rock On”  was written by English singer David Essex and originally recorded in 1973, and was the title track to Essex’s 1973 debut studio album and was also featured on the soundtrack album to the 1973 film That’ll Be the Day, in which Essex had a starring role.  The song was released in August 1973 in the UK and reached its highest position at #3 in the UK Singles Chart in September that year,…

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WATCH – Guess Who rocks “American Woman” – 1970 on The Midnight Special

05/09/2017

The song that was born from a broken guitar string! On this day back in 1970 (5/9) the Guess Who start a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘American Woman.’  The song was the group’s sixth Top 30 hit but their only chart topper.  According to rock and roll legend, the song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage…

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