5 Moments of Musical Awesomeness at Midnight Special. (Music History)


The Midnight Special was a live music show  which premiered in the U.S.  as a special on August 19, 1972 and ran as a regular series on February 2, 1973; its last episode was on May 1, 1981.  This show captured some pretty amazing live performances at a time when most shows lip synched.  Here are a couple of them.

1. Rick James – Mary Jane. The iconic Rick James gives a performance of one his best known songs with one of the most understood double entendres. A classic song that never gets old.

2.  Curtis Mayfield – Superfly. One of the coolest songs ever written by a Human.

3.  Steely Dan – Reelin’ In The Years. Not only is this a classic song – I think we can all admit we’ve totally rocked out to it while driving a car when it comes on the radio.   Plus look for a Bill Cosby that will quite literally blow your mind.

4. Heart – Crazy on You. This version has an extra long acoustic intro which is kind of neat, but the best part of the clip is the guitarist in the Luke Skywalker outfit.  Hey, it was the 70s.

5. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together. An amazing song that still sounds great today.  Especially if you’re on your third date, and you’ve just opened that second bottle of wine.

BONUS – Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On. I remember reading somewhere that his record company begged him not to release the song. Shows how much they knew.

7 thoughts on “5 Moments of Musical Awesomeness at Midnight Special. (Music History)

  1. Why are the first three videos blocked or removed, but the other three are visible? They are ALL the “property” of the same entity so either block them all or let us see them all.

  2. Hey Mark, Thanks for your comment. My guess is that it may not be the current copyright owner of Midnight Special, but rather the record labels’ legal teams representing certain individual artists. In the meantime, I’ve posted some replacement links – we’ll have to see how long they will last. It’s a shame, as posts like these are a great way for people to discover some classic tunes and then go out and buy more material from the artists.

    1. I would have thought that the copyright owner would be the producer of the Midnight Special DVDs from which these videos were taken.

      Also, I count SIX clips. The subject/title line says “5 Moments…”

      1. Haha, oops, re. Title. Will fix that; thanks. Re. Copyright owners- you might be correct. I’m not quite sure who currently owns the series. Things get quite complicated as the years go by and media/ record companies are bought and sold and new contracts are drawn up.
        UPDATE – There are 5 Clips, with the last clip labeled as a Bonus Clip.

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