Rocking The Tube

Remembering ‘The Midnight Special’

The series launched the 1970s trend of live rock music on late night TV with its pilot in 1972 + boosted the career of Wolfman Jack. Check out the guests and some great clips

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‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Legendary Clips Arrive on YouTube: Watch

Nearly 50 years after the landmark program ended its run, performances of recording artists, Broadway stars, comedians, and more are being made available

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When Frank Sinatra Joined the Fifth Dimension

Frank Sinatra did not love rock music, but for his 1968 TV special he sang along with soul-pop hitmakers the Fifth Dimension and fit right in.

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Remember K-Tel’s ‘As Advertised on TV’ Compilation Albums?

With his invention of the compilation album, entrepreneur Philip Kives revolutionized the marketing and sales of recorded music

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Remembering ‘The Midnight Special’: Rock Edition

The late night TV series aired 450 episodes for nearly a decade and was often the only opportunity for music fans to see their favorite recording acts perform

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When John and Yoko Helped Jerry Lewis

This actually happened, and we have the video to prove it. In 1972, the most famous couple in rock did their part to raise money for “Jerry’s kids.”

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‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’: Ahead of Its Time

The comedy-musical duo’s popular variety show was a great showcase for rock acts. But many of the sketches proved too controversial for the CBS sensors

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‘The Midnight Special’: Solo Artists Edition

The late night TV series aired 450 episodes for nearly a decade + was often the only opportunity for music fans to see their favorite recording acts perform

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‘The Big Chill’: Yuppies From Hell

It was one of the most successful films of 1983 and featured a big soundtrack of mostly Motown classics. Does the reunion movie of thirty-somethings hold up?

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When The Doors Defied Ed Sullivan

When Jim Morrison and the band appeared on the popular show they were asked not to sing the word ‘higher.’ Now we know what they were asked to sing instead.

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