The Midnight Special (1972–1981)

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"The Midnight Special" was a Friday night Pop Rock variety show on NBC TV that ran in the same weekly time slot of 12:30 AM to 2AM EST for 9 years (1972-1981). It was taped in front of a ... See full summary »

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Ike Turner ...
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Herb Fame ...
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Lou Rawls ...
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Linda Ronstadt ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 1972-1975)
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Eddie Levert ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
Walter Williams Sr. ...
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 Herself (4 episodes, 1974-1980)
Leo Sayer ...
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George Benson ...
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Billy Davis Jr. ...
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Linda Clifford ...
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Peaches ...
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1973-1980)
Dan Hartman ...
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Johnnie Taylor ...
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William Powell ...
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Rik Elswit ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Billy Francis ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Jance Garfat ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Dennis Locorriere ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Ray Sawyer ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
John Wolters ...
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1974-1980)
Lynn Anderson ...
 Herself (3 episodes, 1974-1976)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1976-1980)
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Anita Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
June Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ruth Pointer ...
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Slim Whitman ...
 Himself - Musical Guest (2 episodes, 1972-1981)
The Everly Brothers ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1972-1980)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1974)
War ...
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 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
William Guest ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
Merald Knight ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
Edward Patten ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1980)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Lloyd Price ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Bonnie Bramlett
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Canned Heat ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1973)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1973)
The Edgar Winter Group ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1973)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1973)
Edgar Winter ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973)
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 Himself - Guest Host (2 episodes, 1974-1980)
Edwin Starr ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1974-1979)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1976)
George Cummings ...
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1974)
Eddie Kendricks ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1974)
Sarah Dash ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1979)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1975-1977)
Elvin Bishop ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
William Griffin ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Thelma Houston ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1977)
Dorothy Moore ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1977)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
AC/DC ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Evelyn King ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Chuck Mangione ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Victor Willis ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1978)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1979)
GQ ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1979)
Tavares ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1979)
Anita Ward ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Herself (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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John Edwards ...
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Stephanie Mills ...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Michael O'Donoghue ...
 Mr. Mike (2 episodes, 1981)
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"The Midnight Special" was a Friday night Pop Rock variety show on NBC TV that ran in the same weekly time slot of 12:30 AM to 2AM EST for 9 years (1972-1981). It was taped in front of a live studio audience at NBC Burbank Ca. Concert footage was included at times. During the show's run there were some reruns on Saturday nights and 3 hr. compilation specials. Wolfman Jack appeared each week as announcer and main host, with a different guest host each week. Pop Rock and comedy performers appeared on the show. In changing times, the show's time slot was later filled by "Friday Night Videos"(1983), with the sudden popularity of the music video. Written by efffee@aol.com

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GREATEST MUSIC SHOW OF ALL TIME
7 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's not really fair just reviewing the Andy Kaufman episode just because it's the only one ever released on video. The show was much more than an Andy Kaufman episode. It showcased the best that the music world had to offer in the 1970s and it's archives house some of the best performances of all time. It's really a shame that the owner, Paul Brownstein, does nothing with the tapes but just sell "clips" to corporations that sell disco albums on TV at hundreds of bucks a clip. Too bad the real fans won't ever be able to see the show again like it was presented. The same thing has happened to Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. It's only offered as "clips". I'm glad I have my own library of original tapings of the shows to watch over and over.


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