ROLL UM EASY

September 26, 2008 – 5:56 am

It’s a trip down memory lane as we re-live those heady ’70s with this episode from the hip TV series, featuring Little Feat, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Winchester, Norton Buffalo, Weather Report and Neil Young.

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Midnight Special TV 1977 [no label, 1CD]

First aired in the US, June 10, 1977. Excellent pre-broadcast soundboard.

In the ’70s, before MTV colonised television and the youths’ consciousness, a good way to get exposed to new music or to catch up with the hits of the day was through the Midnight Hour TV show. With noted deejay Wolfman Jack as the announcer, the show even had Helen Reddy (I Am Woman, Delta Dawn) as the host from July 1975 to March 1976.

For this particular show, it is Little Feat and Emmylou Harris who are the hosts and with Bonnie Raitt and Jesse Winchester in the lineup, the songs veer towards country-folk territory but the show does kind of get jazzed up with Weather Report’s Birdland; poppy with Raitt’s Runaway and rocky with Neil Young’s Like A Hurricane. There is even a bit of world music (though the term has yet to be used at that time) when Weather Report do the Rhumba Mama.

As the wikipedia notes, the show was noted for featuring musical acts performing live, which was unique since most television appearances during the era showed performers lip-synching to prerecorded music.

Thanks to davmar77 for sharing this pre-boardcast soundboard on the net. So sit back, relax and take a trip down memory lane.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing. 1. Intro
2. Queen Of The Silver Dollar - Emmylou Harris with Little Feat
3. Dixie Chicken - Little Feat with Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Winchester
4. Runaway - Bonnie Raitt with Norton Buffalo
5. Rhumba Man - Jesse Winchester
6. Like A Hurricane - Neil Young (officially released)
7. Old Folks Boogie - Little Feat
8. I Can’t Stand Up Alone - Jesse Winchester with Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt
9. Birdland - Weather Report
10. Home - Bonnie Raitt
11. Nothing But A Breeze - Jesse Winchester with Emmylou Harris
12. Rocket In My Pocket - Little Feat
13. My Songbird - Emmylou Harris
14. Sugar Mama - Bonnie Raitt
15. Rhumba Mama - Weather Report
16. Teen Town - Weather Report
17. Rock And Roll Doctor - Little Feat (cuts off)

Those who are so inclined can check out the Midnight Special DVDs. Click on the link for details and to order the DVDs.

  1. 7 Responses to “ROLL UM EASY”

  2. As usual you guys susprise all of us! Thanks a lot!!! Was Jaco in this show? How about some Jaco boots?? Well, thanks again! Regards!

    By Joel on Sep 26, 2008

  3. The Neil Young performance is from March 31, 1976 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England. From ‘Ghosts On The Road : Neil In Concert 1961-2006′ by Pete Long: “It has been broadcast by BBC TV on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ in 1976 and on German TV (October 6, 1979). Also shown in the USA on ‘Midnight Special’ (June 10, 1977 and September 9, 1977). Later rebroadcast on VH-1 in the UK. Release on the film, video casssette and DVD ‘Year Of The Horse’ although only part of the performance is used. Appears on the bootleg CD ‘The Year After The Horse.’ Finally released officially in it’s entirety as an extra on the DVD-A version of ‘American Stars ‘n Bars.’ Cheers.

    By Ger on Sep 27, 2008

  4. Hello Ger

    Thanks very much for your feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 27, 2008

  5. Very nice. Some of these are on You Tube as well…thanks for posting…Little Feat were so fine with Lowell…

    By Ace In OC on Sep 27, 2008

  6. I LOVE Little Feat!! Thanks so Much!!

    By Diane on Sep 29, 2008

  7. This takes me back… Watched The Midnight Special every freaking week on Friday nights at 1 AM. Twas a big highlight of the week.

    Saw Raitt in 77, Feat live in 75 & 78, & Neil in 78.

    Queen of The Silver Dollar is sweet. Feat get down & dirty, esp on Rocket In My Pocket - off of the album Time Loves A Hero, which came out in the summer of 77… The summer of smoking pot.
    - Oops.
    - Who said, oops?

    The date of this show, 6.10.77, was just 2 weeks after the release of the album containing Neil’s Hurricane - American Stars ‘N Bars. I remember so well seeing Hurricane on TMS, w/Neil playing through a high wind machine. I can recall playing the video in my head the next day as I wheeled the manual lawn mower around the house. (I used to play a lot of music in my head to cut the boredom as I cut the & swept the grass. Unless Dad wasn’t home, then I could damn well play the radio.) Anyway, Hurricane is is my fav Neil song. One of the Top 10 guitar songs of all time IMHO. Just as the song goes, the song, this version & the vid blows me away.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBtywcZ35g0

    By thewaymouth on Oct 5, 2008

  8. hey bigO…can we get this re-opened? Thanks!

    By DonInFremont on Jun 16, 2014

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