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The Midnight Special 

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Late night rock and pop music performances are featured.




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Series cast summary:
 Herself - Hostess / ... 15 episodes, 1973-1977


"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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19 August 1972 (USA)  »

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On the second, had Helen Reddy as the hostess, on Friday, February 4th, 1973. She sang "I am Woman" & it was on Friday, February 4th, 1972. The date was exactly one year, before Patricia Hearst was kidnapped by Symbianese trouble-makers, on Sunday, February 4th, 1973. She was apparently brainwashed. Kidnappers got her to become a criminal, temporarily. After being captured by police, she served some time in jail & was released. See more »


Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.77 (2010) See more »

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7 December 2004 | by 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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