Don Kirshner's Rock Concert - Season 5

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(ended 1982)

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  • May 27, 1978: Fifth Anniversary Show
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    Fifth Anniversary Show
    Live performances:
    --The Allman Brothers Band - "Midnight Rider."
    --The Commodres - "Machine Gun."
    --Barry Manilow - "Beautiful Music."
    --George Benson - "Breezin'."
    --Billy Joel - "Captain Jack."
    --Natalie Cole - "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)."
    --K.C. And The Sunshine Band - "Get Down Tonight."
    Music videos:
    --Rod Stewart - "You're In My Heart."
    --Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way."
    --Kansas - "Dust In The Wind."
    --Elton John - "Ego."
    Comedy:
    --Steve Martin (stand-up comedy act)
    --George Carlin (stand-up comedian)
    --Jimmie Walker (stand-up comedian)
    --Billy Crystal (stand-up comedian)
    --Robert Klein (stand-up act, with harmonica)

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  • Bay City Rollers / New Riders of the Purple Sage / Glenn Super / Videos by The Brothers Johnson, Alice Cooper, Dion

    Music:
    --The Bay City Rollers (lip-sync performances) - "The Way I Feel Tonight," "It's A Game" and "Rebel Rebel."
    --New Riders of the Purple Sage (performing live) - "Love Has Strange Ways" and "Red Hot Women And Ice Cold Beer."
    --The Brothers Johnson (music videos) - "Ain't We Funkin' Now?" and "Blam."
    --Alice Cooper (music videos) - "Hello Hooray," "Elected" and "School's Out."
    --Dion (music videos) - "Lookin' For The Heart Of Saturday Night" and "Midtown American Main Street Gang."
    Comedy:
    --Glenn Super (stand-up comedian)
    --Village Idiots (series regulars, comedy troupe)

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  • April 8, 1978: Robert Gordon & Link Wray / Patti Labelle / Ricci Martin / Gary Wright (videos)

    Music:
    --Patti LaBelle - "Isn't It a Shame?" "Funky Music," "You Are My Friend."
    --Link Wray & Robert Gordon - "Boppin' The Blues," "Five Days, Five Days" and "I Sure Miss You."
    --Ricci Martin - "Moonbeams," "Belle of The Ball," "Stop, Look Around" and "Streets of Love."
    --Gary Wright - "Dream Weaver," "Touch And Gone," "Sky Eyes," "Something Very Special" and "Night Ride."
    Comedy:
    --Ellis Levinson (stand-up comedian)

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  • April 1, 1978: Player / Phoebe Snow / Tony Delia / Bill Kirchenbauer / Murray Langston / Kansas (video)

    Music:
    --Phoebe Snow - "Poetry Man," "Love Makes A Woman," "No Regrets," "Never Letting Go" and "Good Times (Let The Good Times Roll)."
    --Player - "Baby Come Back," "Movin' Up," "Come On Out," "Cancellation" and "Melanie."
    --Kansas (music video) - "Dust In The Wind."
    Comedy:
    --Murray Langston (stand-up comedian)
    --Tony Delia (stand-up comedy) - does a pantomime about a man and his new sports car.
    --Bill Kirchenbauer (stand-up comedian) - does two routines during show.
    --Gary Mule Deer as Howdy Doody interviewed by Victor Dunlop Jr.

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  • The Sylvers / Dwight Twilley Band / Robert Aguayo / Ricky Jay / Kansas (video) / The Sex Pistols (on tape)

    Music:
    --The Sylvers - "Boogie Fever," "Hot Line," "New Horizons," "Party Maker" and "Take A Hand."
    --Dwight Twilley Band - "Twilley Don't Mind," "Trying To Find My Baby," "TV" and "Chance To Get Away."
    --Kansas (music video) - "Point of No Return."
    --The Sex Pistols (on tape, performing at the Longhorn Ballroom In Dallas, Texas) - "Anarchy in the U.K.," "No Feelings," "Holidays In The Sun," "Pretty Vacant" and "No Fun."
    Also appearing:
    --Ricky Jay (magician)
    --Robert Aguayo (stand-up comedian)

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  • March 18, 1978: The Brothers Johnson / Cheap Trick / Glenn Falkenstein / Wings (video)

    Music:
    --The Brothers Johnson - "I'll Be Good To You," "Runnin' For Your Lovin'," "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Get The Funk Out Ma Face."
    --Cheap Trick - "Hello There," "Come On, Come On," "ELO Kiddies," "Southern Girls," "Downed," "Clock Strikes Ten" and "Goodnight."
    --Paul McCartney & Wings (music video) - "Mull of Kintyre."
    Comedy:
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe) - "The Infants" Punk Rock parody.
    --Glenn Falkenstein (magician)

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  • March 11, 1978: Stephen Bishop / Yvonne Elliman / Gallagher / Alice Cooper (videos) / Rock Music Awards highlights

    Music:
    --Stephen Bishop - "On And On," "Sinking In An Ocean of Tears," "Save It For A Rainy Day," "Never Letting Go," "Little Italy," "Vagabond From Heaven (Thank You Mom)" and "One More Night."
    --Yvonne Elliman - "Baby, Don't Let It Mess Your Mind" and "Up To The Man In You."
    --Alice Cooper (music videos) - "The Black Widow" and "Only Women Bleed."
    Comedy:
    --Gallagher (performance comedy) - routine includes pumpkin smashing, and a card trick with audience member.
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe, series regulars) - sketches (1) parody of the Starland Vocal Band; (2) romantic movie set on ocean liner.
    On film:
    --Rock Music Awards back-stage footage. Don Kirshner talks with Olivia Newton-John & Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Fleetwood Mac (Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie), the band Boston, Hall & Oates, and the band Kansas. Other award attendees on film: Dennis Wilson and Karen Lamm, Andy Gibb, Al Stewart, Daryl Hall with Marcia Strassman, Mary McDonough (of "The Waltons") with Leif Garrett, Mary Kay Place, and Martin Mull with Debralee Scott.

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  • March 4, 1978: Mink DeVille / The Spinners / Dean Friedman / Chris Chalen / Bobby Kelton

    Music:
    --Mink DeVille - "Cadillac Walk" and "Gunslinger."
    --Dean Friedman - "Ariel," "Woman of Mine," "Solitaire" and one other song.
    --The Spinners - "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love?" "Easy Come, Easy Go" "Baby I Need Your Love (You're The Only One)" "I'll Be Around" "Mighty Love" and "The Rubberband Man."
    Also appearing:
    --Chris Chalen (magician) - does two escape tricks.
    --Bobby Kelton (stand-up comedian)

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  • February 25, 1978: Chuck Mangione and his Quartet / Richard Belzer

    Music:
    --Chuck Mangione and his Quartet perform "Land of Make Believe," "Our First Night Together," "Bellavia," "Children Of Sanchez," "The XIth Commandment," "Feels So Good" and "Main Squeeze."

    Comedy:
    --Richard Belzer (stand-up comedian) - parodies different singers.
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe) - sketches: (1) Lifesavers commercials parody; (2) Old-fashioned romance movie set on an Ocean liner.

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  • February 11, 1978: Kip Addotta / Foghat & Friends / Eddie Kirkland / Alan Price / Jimmie Walker

    Music:
    --Alan Price - "O Lucky Man!," "Sell Sell," "Poor Boy," "I Wanna Dance," "Is It Right?" "I've Been Hurt" and "Life Is Good."

    Performances from Foghat & Friends "Blues Tribute" concert at the NY Palladium:
    --Foghat - "Sweet Home Chicago" and "It Hurts Me Too."
    --Eddie Kirkland & Foghat - "Done Somebody Wrong” and a 2-chord instrumental jam.
    --Foghat, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Eddie Kirkland, John Lee Hooker, and Otis Blackwell - "I Just Want To Make Love To You."

    Comedy:
    --Jimmie Walker & The Comedy Crusaders - "Endangered Species of Urban America" comedy routine.
    --Kip Addotta (stand-up comedy routine)

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  • Lake / Frankie Valli / Jimmie Aleck / Joey Camen / Jacksons (video) / Alan Parsons Project (video)

    Music:
    --Frankie Valli - "My Eyes Adored You," "Swearin' To God," "I Need You," "With You" and "Native New Yorker."
    --Lake - "Lost By The Wayside," "Chasing Colours," "Time Bomb," "Do I Love You" and "On The Run."
    --The Jacksons (music video) - "Goin' Places."
    --The Alan Parsons Project (music video) - "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You."
    Comedy:
    --James Aleck (stand-up comedian) - various topics.
    --Joey Camen (stand-up comedian) - preacher routine.
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe) - sketches: (1) cheerleader & coach, (2) Women in prison, (3) Donnie & Marie Osmond parody, (4) Sonny & Cher spoof.

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  • Brick / Starbuck / Joey Camen / Tom Dreesen / Grateful Dead (on film)

    Music:
    --Brick - "Dazz," "Dusic" and "Hello."
    --Starbuck - "Moonlight Feels Right," "Little Bird," "One Of These Mornings" and an instrumental song.
    --The Grateful Dead (on film, performances from "The Grateful Dead Movie") - "U.S. Blues" and "One More Saturday Night."
    Comedy:
    --Tom Dreesen (stand-up comedy routine)
    --Joey Camen (stand-up comedian)
    --Gary Mule Deer (comedian, series regular) - "How To Pick Up Women" bar sketch.

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  • December 10, 1977: Chuck Berry / Peter Allen / Elayne Boosler / The Babys (videos)

    Music:
    --Chuck Berry - "Roll Over Beethoven," "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)," "Let It Rock," "Carol," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Nadine."
    --Peter Allen - "Love Crazy," "She Loves To Hear The Music," "I Honestly Love You," "Don't Cry Out Loud," "I Go To Rio" and "Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage."
    --The Babys (music videos) - "Isn't It Time?" "I'm Falling" and "And If You Could See Me Fly."
    Comedy:
    --Elayne Boosler (stand-up comedian)
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe, series regulars) - appear in two football-themed sketches.

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  • December 3, 1977: Elvin Bishop Group / The Unknown Comic / Heatwave (video)

    Music:
    --Elvin Bishop Group - "Fooled Around And Fell In Love," "Little Brown Bird," "Travelin' Shoes," "Juke Joint Jump," "Rock My Soul," "A Change Is Gonna Come" and "Bring It On Home To Me."
    --Heatwave (music video) - "Boogie Nights."
    --On film: John Travolta in a scene from "Saturday Night Fever."
    Comedy:
    --The Unknown Comic (stand-up comedian)
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe, series regulars) - sketches: (1) Roller Derby locker room; (2) Rock & Roll Retirement Home; (3) Space Alien; and (4) French restaurant.

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  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes / Jim Stafford / Jimmie Walker / Jay Leno / Debby Boone (video) / Styx (videos)

    Music:
    --Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - "I Don't Want To Go Home," "This Time It's For Real," "She Got Me Where She Wants Me," "Love On The Wrong Side of Town," "Without Love" and "Little By Little."
    --Jim Stafford - songs include "Classical Gas," "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms," "Down Yonder," "Mr. Bojangles," "Spiders And Snakes" and "Johnny B. Goode."
    --Debby Boone (music video) - "You Light Up My Light."
    --Styx (music videos) - "Come Sail Away," "Miss America" and "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)."
    Comedy:
    --Jimmie Walker & The Comedy Crusaders - Bank sketch with Jay Leno.

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  • November 19, 1977: Crown Heights Affair / Rod Stewart (promo videos) / Jay Leno / Michael Marlin

    Music:
    --Crown Heights Affair - "Searching For Love," "Dreaming A Dream," "Foxy Lady," "Sexy Ways," "Far Out" and "Dancin'."
    --Rod Stewart (music videos) - "Hot Legs," "I Was Only Joking," "You're in My Heart" and "You're Insane."
    Comedy:
    --Jay Leno (stand-up monologue)
    --Michael Marlin (comedy juggler & fire eater)

  • November 12, 1977: Pure Prairie League / Jimmie Walker & The Comedy Crusaders / Jeff Altman / Rush (videos)

    Music:
    --Pure Prairie League - "Two Lane Highway," "Love Will Grow," "I'll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle," "Sun Shone Lightly," "Louise (What I Did)," "Amie," "Heart of Her Own" and "Dance."
    --Rush (music videos) - "A Farewell To Kings," "Closer To The Heart" and "Xanadu."
    Comedy:
    --Jeff Altman (stand-up comedian)
    --Jimmie Walker & The Comedy Crusaders - 5-part "Soul Bus" sketch, a parody of "Soul Train" with dumb teens trying to complete the show's Scramble Board puzzle.

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  • November 5, 1977: Rose Royce / Tower of Power / David Sayh / Shaun Cassidy (video)

    Music:
    --Rose Royce - "Car Wash" "Ooh Boy" "Do Your Dance" and "It Makes You Feel Like Dancin'."
    --Tower of Power - "You Ought To Be Havin' Fun" "What Is Hip?" "You're Still A Young Man" "Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now" and "Yin Yang Thang."
    --Shaun Cassidy (music video) - "That's Rock 'N Roll."
    Comedy:
    --David Sayh (stand-up comedian)
    --Village Idiots comedy troupe) - sketches: (1) Old West Saloon skit; (2) "Celebrity Hostage" game show w/impersonations of Henry Kissinger, Patti Hearst, and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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  • October 29, 1977: The Little River Band / Bob Marley and The Wailers (on tape) / George Miller

    Music:
    --Little River Band - "Help Is On Its Way," "It's A Long Way There," "Happy Anniversary" and "Days On The Road."
    --Bob Marley & The Wailers (live performance, taped in England) - "No Woman, No Cry" "Jammin'," "Get Up, Stand Up," "Exodus," "Crazy Baldhead" and "Running Away."
    Comedy:
    --George Miller (stand-up comedian)
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe, series regulars) - sketch: "When Johnny Comes Munching Home," a WWII movie parody in five parts.

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  • October 22, 1977: The Ohio Players / The Ramones / Roger & Roger / Jim Samuels

    Music:
    --The Ohio Players - "Merry Go Round," "Love Rollercoaster," "Angel," "Alone" and "O-H-I-O."
    --The Ramones - "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "Loudmouth," "Beat On The Brat" and "Blitzkrieg Bop."
    --The Ramones - "Listen to My Heart," "California Sun," "Judy Is a Punk" and "I Don't Wanna Walk Around with You,"
    --The Ramones - "Glad to See You Go," "Gimme, Gimme Shock Treatment," "Rockaway Beach" and "Commando."
    Comedy:
    --Roger & Roger (comedy team of Roger Behr and Roger Peltz).
    --Jim Samuels (comedian) - plays a Consumer Reporter in comedy routines.

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  • October 15, 1977: The Floaters / Andrew Gold / Ed Bluestone

    Music:
    --The Floaters - "Float On," "Float On" (instrumental version), "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and two more songs.
    --Andrew Gold - "Lonely Boy," "You're Free," "One of Them Is Me," "A Note from You," "Endless Flight" and "That's Why I Love You."
    Comedy:
    --Ed Bluestone (stand-up comedy)
    --The Village Idiots (series regulars, comedy troupe with Janis Fisher, Mark Ganzel, Robin Hunt, Peter Jersick)

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  • October 8, 1977: Andy Gibb / R.E.O. Speedwagon / Skip Stephenson

    Music:
    --Andy Gibb - "Flowing Rivers" "Starlight" "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" and "Too Many Looks In Your Eyes."
    --REO Speedwagon - "Keep Pushin'" "Like You Do" "Ridin' The Storm Out" "Golden Country" and "157 Riverside Avenue."
    Comedy:
    --Skip Stephenson (stand-up comedy)
    --Village Idiots (comedy troupe, series regulars) - sketches: (1) "Boogie Fever" Disco disease (2) a Captain & Tennille spoof; (3) parody of "Let's Make A Deal" model Carol Merrill; and (4) Henry Kissinger and the Detentes sing "Stop In The Name of Love."

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  • October 1, 1977: Parliament / John Klemmer / David Letterman / Al Alan Peterson / Roger Daltrey (video)

    Music:
    --Parliament - "Funkentelechy" and "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" medley.
    --John Klemmer - "Life(Living & Loving)," “Caress,” “Touch,” “Quiet Afternoon" and "Waterfalls."
    --Roger Daltrey (music video) - "One Of The Boys."
    --Emerson, Lake & Palmer (music video, filmed in Olympic Stadium, Montreal) - "Fanfare For The Common Man."
    Comedy:
    --David Letterman (stand-up comedian)
    --Al Alan Peterson (musical comedian) - sings "You're Gonna Hear From Me."
    --The Village Idiots (comedy troupe, series regulars) - sketches: (1) Farrah Fawcett Majors parody; (2) Siamese Twins sketch; (3) Talk show with Fairy Tale characters as guests.

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  • September 24, 1977: The Average White Band featuring Ben E. King / Pablo Cruise / Bait Brothers / Steve Landesberg / Al Alan Peterson

    Music:
    --Pablo Cruise performs "Place In The Sun," "Whatcha Gonna Do?" and an instrumental song.
    --The Average White Band featuring Ben E. King (performing at the The Montreaux Jazz Festival) - "Keepin' It To Myself," "A Star In The Ghetto," "The Message," "Fool For You Anyway," "Spanish Harlem" and "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)."
    Comedy:
    --The Bait Brothers (comedy team) - play musical Siamese twins.
    --Steve Landesberg (stand-up comedian)
    --Al Alan Peterson (comedian) - construction worker sings "I Gotta Be Me" while stripping down to a woman's bathing suit.

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