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New ‘The Midnight Special’ YouTube channel features classic performances from David Bowie, Elton John & more

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Some classic rock and roll performances from the ’70s and ’80s have just become available on YouTube for the first time in nearly 50 years.


new YouTube channel has just launched dedicated to the popular ’70s/’80s late night music program The Midnight Special. It features clips of the show’s classic performances from stars like Elton John, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac and more. 

The Midnight Special was a groundbreaking and revolutionary show that pushed the boundaries of what was possible on television as not one broadcaster had programming available after 1:00 AM back then,” the show’s producer/creator, Burt Sugarman, tells Deadline. “I insisted on live performances in front of an audience, there was no lip syncing.”

He adds, “I’m thrilled that it will be available for all fans, as well as a new generation of viewers who may not be familiar with the show. Audiences can enjoy hours of classic performances and interviews from the biggest stars of that era.”  

Other of the hundreds of artists who appeared on The Midnight Special, which ran from 1972 to 1981, include Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, KISS, Aretha Franklin and more, in addition to comedians like Billy Crystal, Richard Pryor, George Carlin and others.

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