Category: music on tv

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

April 8, 1976 

David Bowie, “Space Oddity” from 1973′s The 1980 Floor Show, recorded for his American TV debut on The Midnight Special, by Mick Rock


American soul musician Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) performs on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops in London circa 1971

Mother’s Finest, 1973, my edit of original via whatareyoudoinghere

If you don’t know Mother’s Finest, you’re in for a treat! Founded by lead vocalists Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy and Glenn “Doc” Murdoc in 1970, they’d wanted to  call themselves “The Motherf***ers”, and knowing they couldn’t get away with it, settled on “Mother’s Finest” as a way to work with a logo with the letters MF front and center.

The Atlanta-based hard rock band opened for giants including Black Sabbath, The Who, Aerosmith, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more – and regularly wiped up the stage with them.

The problem was, they were mostly black folks playing rock and roll, HEAVY rock and roll – not funk, not r&b, ROCK AND ROLL – and neither white radio nor black radio wanted anything to do with such an abomination. 

Running out of options in the 80s, they went on hiatus until bands like Living Color and Red Hot Chili Peppers revived the kind of music that Mother’s Finest had been laying down since 1970.

Which is to say, it’s not that Mother’s Finest don’t have some funk to ‘em. They did back in the 70s, and still do today, putting out new music and touring as much today as ever. This 1976 performance of their 1972 single “Fire” tells you everything you need to know about why you should check ‘em out if you get a chance – in concert if you can swing it (dates at, but also on YouTube (check out part 1 of this 1978 concert on Germany’s Rockpalast!) and Spotify, where you can find their whole catalog.


Paul in BBC’s Wings Over The World


1975 Elton John, Cher, Flip Wilson, and Bette Midler on “The Cher Show”


American soul singer P.P. Arnold and musician John Walker on Dutch TV, November 1967.


Jimi Hendrix on the Dick Cavett Show – 1969


Tiny Tim, the original glam punk, on The Hollywood Palace, January 1969, sources here and here

(Someday I’ll tell you the story of how Mother’s Day Brunch with me, Tiny Tim and our wives became an annual tradition for a while in the early 90s. A genuinely amazing guy.)