Category: music on tv

“I don’t care what you lot say. I’M wearing a …

“I don’t care what you lot say. I’M wearing a tie.” 

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1…

Aretha Franklin on Top of the Pops, July 30, 1970, by Ron Howard

David Bowie, The 1980 Floor Show (1973)

David Bowie, The 1980 Floor Show (1973)

Mick Jagger, “Brown Sugar,” Top of the Pops, 1…

Mick Jagger, “Brown Sugar,” Top of the Pops, 1971

Stevie Nicks with Fleetwood Mac on NBC’s The M…

Stevie Nicks with Fleetwood Mac on NBC’s The Midnight Special, aired

April 8, 1976 

James Taylor & Carly Simon, “You Can Close…

James Taylor & Carly Simon, “You Can Close Your Eyes” (1977) 

Originally released on James’ 1971 album Mud Slide Slim & The Blue Horizon, “You Can Close Your Eyes” has been covered dozens of times, most notably by Linda Ronstadt in 1974. James has also performed it with Carole King and Bonnie Raitt among others over the years, and one of his 3 live duets with Joni Mitchell (a 1970 John Peel session) has rightly become virtually canonical.

But this is the one that’s been missing from your life. Recorded at James and Carly’s Martha’s Vineyard home in 1977, the best part of this performance may be the privilege of watching Carly Simon’s face light up when she sings. You’ve never seen anything quite like it. Even though they’ve invited us into their home to witness it, it still feels almost too intimate to bear.

There are no bad versions of this song by anyone, but this one is something special.

glam-rock-guru: soundsof71: David Bowie, Rin…

glam-rock-guru:

soundsof71:

David Bowie, Ringo Starr and their hair, relaxing back stage.

Omg I’ve never seen this before

This is from a remarkable 1974 BBC documentary called Cracked Actor. They re-run it every so often, but it’s also available online if you poke around a bit. By far the best documentation (and really, darn near the ONLY documentation) we have of one of the artistically ambitious tours undertaken by anyone to date, very quickly stripped down soon after this as David turned the corner from glam to soul. He was clearly having a bit of trouble personally, and the interviews are difficult to watch, but my god, the performances are stunning. 

There’s also a bit from Ziggy’s final show (D.A. Pennebaker’s famous footage), as well as a few other shows on this tour, and for my money, 1974 really is where all pieces started coming together, as David leaves the intentional fakery of Ziggy, and Ziggy’s musically conservative, retro vibe behind to become something truly new.

Here’s part 1 of Cracked Actor, noting again that if you can’t see this in your territory or if it gets taken down, just keep poking around (including beyond YouTube). It’s out there, I promise, in every sense of that phrase, and worth every bit of effort to track it down.

bowieinmotion: Fame on the Cher Show (1975) Hi…

bowieinmotion:

Fame on the Cher Show (1975)

His US primetime debut, aired November 8. 

cinema-glow: Cher wearing a dress custom desig…

cinema-glow:

Cher wearing a dress custom designed by Bob Mackie

Elton John on The Muppet Show, Episode 214, fi…

Elton John on The Muppet Show, Episode 214, filmed October 1977, aired January ‘78 in the UK, February in the US, via muppet.wikia