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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 Himself - Announcer / ... (8 episodes, 1972-1979)
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KC & The Sunshine Band ...
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 Himself / ... (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
Todd Rundgren ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1973-1979)
Ike Turner ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1973-1975)
Herb Fame ...
 Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Herself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1976)
Lou Rawls ...
 Himself - Host / ... (5 episodes, 1973-1977)
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 Herself / ... (5 episodes, 1975-1980)
Linda Ronstadt ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 1972-1975)
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 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1981)
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 Herself (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
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 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
The Spinners ...
 Themselves / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1980)
Eddie Levert ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1973-1978)
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 Herself (4 episodes, 1974-1980)
Leo Sayer ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1974-1980)
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 Himself (4 episodes, 1974-1976)
George Benson ...
 Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Billy Davis Jr. ...
 Himself - Host / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
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 Herself - Host / ... (4 episodes, 1977)
Linda Clifford ...
 Herself / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Peaches ...
 Herself / ... (4 episodes, 1979)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1972-1981)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1973-1980)
Dan Hartman ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1973-1979)
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 Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1978)
Johnnie Taylor ...
 Himself (3 episodes, 1973-1976)
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 Himself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
William Powell ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1973-1974)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1973)
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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 Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1976)
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 Himself (3 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Anita Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
June Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ruth Pointer ...
 Herself - Host / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
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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 ...
 Themselves / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
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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)
Tom Evans ...
 Himself - Musician (2 episodes, 1973-1979)
Joey Molland ...
 Himself - Musician (2 episodes, 1973-1979)
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 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Lloyd Price ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1976)
Bonnie Bramlett
(2 episodes, 1973-1975)
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, 1973-1974)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1973)
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 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1973)
The Edgar Winter Group ...
 Themselves (2 episodes, 1973)
The O'Jays ...
 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)
Walter Williams Sr. ...
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1974-1978)
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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 - Musical Guest (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
John Edwards ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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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The theme of the Pilot, first aired during the summer of 1972, was to encourage the youth that had reached 18 years to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. The voting age had just been lowered to 18. The two biggest issues, at that time, were Watergate and the war in Vietnam. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Kate Jackson/Delbert McClinton (1979) See more »

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memorable first viewing of David Bowie
9 October 2004 | by (Provo, UT) – See all my reviews

In September 1973 I had just returned from two years in Indonesia as a missionary for the LDS Church. The first week end I was back in the US I went out to a movie, and when I came home I flipped on the TV. It was the Midnight Special, a program that had started in my absence. I was familiar with the host Wolfman Jack from his days on radio station XERB. Not so with the first act of the evening. Out comes David Bowie, whom I had never seen, and while attired in a dress he started singing the song with the lyrics "something tells me she the devil's daughter". All the while he started shedding the dress. After two years of an intense "non-worldly" existence as a missionary, it was startling. "My, things must have changed in my absence!"


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