photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
narrated by the ICONIC AM radio personality WOLFMAN JACK, THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (NBC, 1972-1981) was a music variety show that was created to take full advantage of the popularity of THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON by airing after its late sign off at 1AM EST. during this period the other networks would close off during this period leaving THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL with no direct competition. the show is noteworthy for its eclectic live performances by everyone from MARVIN GAYE, CHUCK BERRY, BO DIDDLEY, IKE & TINA TURNER, AL GREEN and PRINCE to GENESIS, THE BEACH BOYS, ALICE COOPER, SPARKS, DAVID BOWIE, BLONDIE, DOLLY PARTON and KING CRIMSON.
recently these select performances have been made available on YOUTUBE. THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is definitely worth checking out even though the catalogue available is far from complete. i know i am not the only one hoping that the LEGENDARY JOBRIATH performances become available soon.