The Midnight Special - Season 8

NBC (ended 1981)




Episode Guide

  • Host: The Charlie Daniels Band
    --The Charlie Daniels Band (hosts) -"The Devil Want Down to Georgia," "Jitterbug," "Johnny B. Goode," "Blind Man" & "Passing Lane"
    --Journey - "Loving' Touchin' Squeezin'," "Too Late" & "City of Angels"
    --Robert John - "Sad Eyes" & "Lonely Eyes"
    --Gerry Rafferty - "Right Next Time" & "Days Gone Down"
    --Timothy Leary
    --Paul McCartney & Wings - "Arrow Through Me" (music video)moreless
  • Host: The Cars (September 28, 1979)

    Guests (performing live):
    --The Cars - "Let's Go," "Moving in Stereo," "Candy-O," "The Dangerous Type," Got a Lot on My Head" & "Nightspots."
    --Suicide - "Dream, Baby Dream" and "Ghost Rider."
    --The Records - "Starry Eyes," "Teenarama," "Affection Rejected," "All Messed Up and Ready to Go."

    Music Videos (Promotional clips):
    --M - "Pop Muzik."
    --Iggy Pop - "Five Foot One" & "I'm Bored."
    --Lene Lovich - "Lucky Number" & "Say When."

  • Host: Blondie (October 5, 1979)

    --Blondie - "Dreaming" (live); "Slow Motion" (live); "Heart of Glass" (live, with anti-nuke statement); "The Hardest Part" (lip-synch); "Accidents Never Happen" (lip-synch).
    --Robert Fripp - musical experiment (possibly titled "God Save the Queen").
    --Robert Palmer - "Bad Case of Loving You," "Jealous" & "Can We Still Be Friends?"
    --Bram Tchaikovsky - "Girl of My Dreams" & "Lady from the U.S.A."
    --Rick James - "Love Gun" & "Fool on the Street."
    --Closing credits: Blondie - "Heart of Glass" (live, same performance as earlier in show but with different camera angles).
    Music videos:
    --Supertramp - "Goodbye Stranger," "The Logical Song" & "Breakfast in America."

  • Hosts: The Captain and Tennille
    --The Captain and Tennille (guest hosts) - "You Never Done It Like That," "How Can You Be So Cold," "No Love in the Morning," "Do That to Me One More Time" & "Love on a Shoestring" --Cher - "Hell on Wheels" (might be a music video) --Chicago - "Runaway" & "Street Player" --Yvonne Elliman - "Love Pains" & "Savannah" --Dr. John - "Renegade" --Yvonne Elliman and Dr. John - "Hit the Road Jack" & "Sticks and Stones" --Midnight Special salute to Willie Nelsonmoreless
  • Hosts: Peaches and Herb
    --Peaches and Herb (guest hosts) - "Roller Skate Mate," "Gypsy Lady," "I Pledge My Love" & "Howzabout Some Love?" --France Joli - "Come To Me," "Let Go" & "Don't Stop Dancing" --Maureen McGovern - "Different Worlds" & "Save Me Save Me" --Tributes to Elton John and Olivia Newton-John.
  • Hosts: KC & the Sunshine Band
    --KC & the Sunshine Band (guest hosts) - "Please Don't Go," "Don You Wanna Party?" "Ooh I Like It," "I Betcha Didn't Know That" & "I've Got the Feeling" --The Dirt Band - "Happy Feet" & "An American Dream" --Michael Jackson - "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" (probably a music video) --Kool & the Gang - "Ladies Night" & "Too Hot" --M - "Pop Muzik" music video --The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again" (music video) --Deniece Williams - "I Found Love" & "I've Got the Next Dance"moreless
  • Hosts: The Commodores
    --The Commodores (guest hosts) - "Brickhouse," "Sail On," "Three Times a Lady" & "Still" --Frankie Valli and the Commodores - "Grease" --The Commodores with Wolfman Jack - "Midnight Magic" (a capella) --The Captain and Tennille - "Do That to Me One More Time" & "You Never Done It Like That" (both songs from 19-Oct-79) --Destination - "Move On Up" & "Dance Dance Party Party" --Frankie Valli - "Passion for Paris" --Midnight Special tribute to ABBAmoreless
  • Host: Roger Miller
    Host: Roger Miller
    Episode 8
    --Roger Miller (host) - medley: "Dang Me," "Kansas City Star," "Chug a Lug," "England Swings," "King of the Road," "Lady America," The Fiddle Song," "This Here Town" & "The Hat" --Blondie (clips taken from the 05-Oct-1979 show) - "Dreaming" (live) & "The Hardest Part" (lip-synch) --Ian Hunter - "Ships" & "Just Another Night" --Brenda Russell - "So Good So Right" & "Way Back When" --Tina Turner - "Love Explosion" & "Sunset on Sunset" --Salute to the Beach Boys - includes footage of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd from a mid-1970's Beach Boys special.moreless
  • Hosts: The Pointer Sisters
    --The Pointer Sisters (hosts) - "Fire," "Who Do You Love," "Dreaming As One," "(She's Got) The Fever" and "Don't Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart" --The Pointer Sisters, Carlene Carter, Linda Clifford and Jackie DeShannon - "What the World Needs Now Is Love" --Carlene Carter - "Two Sides to Every Woman," "Lies" & "Do It in a Heartbeat" --Linda Clifford - "I Just Wanna Wanna," "Bailing Out" & "Here Is My Love" --Jackie DeShannon - "I Don't Need You Anymore" --Salute to Rod Stewartmoreless
  • Co-hosts: Doc Severinsen & France Joli
    --France Joli & Doc Severinsen (co-hosts) - "Come to Me" --Doc Severinsen - "Luv Ya," "Peg," "Dance of Animals" & "Song of Our Friends" --France Joli - "Don't Stop Dancing" & "Let Go" --Chic - "Good Times," "My Feet Keep Dancing" & "My Forbidden Lover" --Kermit the Frog - "Rainbow Connection" --David Steinberg - hosts a comedy segmentmoreless
  • Hosts: The Village People
    --The Village People (hosts) - "Ready for the '80's," "Y.M.C.A.," "Save Me" & "Rock and Roll Is Back Again" --Rupert Holmes - "Escape" & "Him" --The Little River Band - "Cool Change" & "Lonesome Loser" --The Spinners - "Working My Way Back to You" and a medley of hits ("Games People Play," "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love") --David Steinberg - hosts a comedy segmentmoreless
  • Co-hosts: Lou Rawls and Rita Coolidge
    --Lou Rawls and Rita Coolidge (co-hosts) - "Fever" --Lou Rawls - "Sit Down and Talk to Me," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" & "Time Will Take Care" --Rita Coolidge - "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love," "(Your Love Keeps Kiftin' Me) Higher and Higher" & "The Way You Do the Things you Do" --Jan & Dean - "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" & "Barbara Ann" --"Outrage" (The Outrageous Players) comedy segment featuring Gary Mule Deer, Pat McCormick, Emily Prager, David Rupprecht, Rufus Shaw Jr. and Bruce Vilanch.moreless
  • Host: Dr. Hook
    Host: Dr. Hook
    Episode 13
    --Dr. Hook (guest host) - "When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman," "Better Love Next Time," "What Do You Want?" "Clyde" & "Ooh Pooh Pah Doo" --Rupert Holmes - "Escape" & "Him" --Prince - "I Wanna Be Your Lover" & "Why Do You Wanna Treat Me So Bad" --Cliff Richard - "We Don't Talk Anymore" & "Carrie" --"Outrage" (The Outrageous Players) comedy segment with Sandra Bernhard, Joy Grdnic, Pat McCormick, Ron Stevens, Rufus Shaw Jr. and Bruce Vilanch discussing various topics.moreless
  • Host: Isaac Hayes
    Host: Isaac Hayes
    Episode 14
    --Isaac Hayes (guest host) - "Don't Let Go," "A Few More Kisses to Go" & "What Does It Take" --The Emotions - "Best of My Love" & "What's the Name of Your Love" --Isaac Hayes and The Emotions - "Money" --KC and the Sunshine Band - "Please Don't Go" --Kool and the Gang - "Ladies Night" --"Outrage" comedy segment with Joyce Burditt, Dee Dee Fay, Paul Mooney, Harry Reems, Rufus Shaw Jr. and Bruce Vilanch.moreless
  • Hosts: The Captain & Tennille (7th Anniversary Show)
    --The Captain & Tennille (guest hosts) - "Love Will Keep Us Together"
    Performances from earlier shows:
    --Jim Croce - "Operator" & "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" (early 1970s)
    --The Jacksons - "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
    --Elton John - "Your Song"
    --Barry Manilow - "Mandy" & "It's a Miracle"
    --Linda Ronstadt - "Long Long Time"
    --Rod Stewart - "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" (music video)
    --Donna Summer - "Heaven Knows"
    --Segment with Joyce Burditt, Steve Dahl, Ronnie Graham, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Rufus Shaw Jr. and Bruce Vilanchmoreless
  • Hosts: The Captain & Tennille
    --The Captain & Tennille (guest hosts) - "Do That to Me One More Time"
    --Andy Kaufman - sings "Stayin' Alive" while playing a cymbal
    --"Outrage" (The Outraged and Outrageous Players) comedy segments about "The Allies," "The Draft" & "Fat People"

    Performances from previous shows:
    --The Commodores - "Still" & "Sail On"
    --Crystal Gayle - "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue?"
    --Willie Nelson - "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"
    --Olivia Newton-John - "Have You Never Been Mellow"
    --Dolly Parton - "Here You Come Again" & "Two Doors Down"
    --The Village People - "Macho Man"moreless

  • Host: Tom Jones
    Host: Tom Jones
    Episode 17
    --Tom Jones (guest host) - "Star," "We Don't Talk Anymore," "Do That to Me One More Time," "I'll Never Love This Way Again," "Ladies Night," "She Believes in Me" & "Don't Let Go"
    --Teri De Sario and KC - "Yes I'm Ready" & "Dancin' in the Streets"
    --Queen - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" music video

    --Comedy segment with Eugenie Ross-Leming, Jaye P. Morgan, David Steinberg, Rufus Shaw Jr. and Bruce Vilanchmoreless

  • Host: Bonnie Pointer
    --Bonnie Pointer (guest host) - "I Can't Help Myself," "Heaven Must Have Sent You," "Nowhere to Run" & "Deep Inside My Soul" --Electric Light Orchestra - Last Train to London" (music video) --Nicolette Larson - "Let Me Go Love" & "Back in My Arms Again" --The Spinners - "Working My Way Back to You" & "Let's Boogie, Let's Dance" --Comedy segment with Eugenie Ross-Leming, Rufus Shaw Jr., Lonnie Shorr, Bruce Vilanch and Carol Wayne.moreless
  • Host: Mac Davis
    Host: Mac Davis
    Episode 19
    --Mac Davis (guest host) - "Tequila Sheila," "Why Don't We Sleep on It," "It's Hard to be Humble" & "I Wanna Wake Up with You" --ABBA - "Gimme, Gimmie, Gimmie (A Man After Midnight)" music video --Andy Gibb - "Desire" --Thelma Houston - "Suspicious Minds" & "What Was That Song" --Comedy segment hosted by Jay Wolpert with Eugenie Ross-Leming, Rufus Shaw Jr., Bruce Vilanch and Carol Wayne.moreless
  • Host: Andy Gibb
    Host: Andy Gibb
    Episode 20
    --Andy Gibb (guest host) - "Desire," "After Dark" & "Falling in Love with You" --Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - "Refugee" & "There Goes My Girl" (music videos) --Queen - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (music video) --Paul Warren & Explorer - "One of the Kids," "For the Love of a Girl" & "Taking My Girl Back" --The Whispers - "And the Beat Goes On" & "Lady"moreless
  • Hosts: Janis Ian and The Babys

    --Janis Ian - "Fly Too High," "The Other Side of the Sun" & "Memories."
    --The Babys - "Back on My Feet Again," "Midnight Rendezvous" & "True Love Confessions."
    --Janis Ian and the Babys - "When A Man Loves A Woman."
    --Rupert Holmes - "Him" & "Partners in Crime"

    --Music videos: Heart - "Even it Up" & "Break."

  • Host: The Spinners
    Host: The Spinners
    Episode 22
    --The Spinners (guest hosts) - "Working My Way Back to You," "Body Language," "Let's Boogie, Let's Dance" & "Not That You're Mind Again" --The Byrds (from 1973) - "Mr. Tambourine Man" & "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" --Andy Gibb - "Desire" --Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" (1970's clip) --Pink Floyd - "Another Brick in the Wall" music video --Gary Numan - "Cars" (music video?) --Sister Sledge - "I Got to Love Somebody" & "Reach Your Peak"moreless
  • Co-hosts: Sissy Spacek and Levon Helm

    Tribute to the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter":
    --Sissy Spacek and Levon Helm (movie co-stars, appearing as co-hosts) - perform a few songs.
    --Beverly D'Angelo (played Patsy Cline in "Coal Miner's Daughter") - sings a few songs from the film.
    --Phyllis Boyens - sings with Helm, Spacek and D'Angelo.
    --Also, scenes from the movie are shown.

    Other performers:
    --Rupert Holmes - "Him."
    --Queen (music video) - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."
    --Anne Murray (1970s performance) - "Snowbird."
    --The Spinners - "Working My Way Back to You."

  • Host: Gladys Knight and the Pips
    --Gladys Knight and the Pips (hosts) - "Landlord," "Bourgie Bourgie" & "You Bring Out the Best in Me" --Gladys Knight and the Pips - medley ("Every Beat of My Heart," "Friendship Train," "If I Were your Woman," Daddy Could Swear I Declare," "Neigher One of Us" & "Just My Imagination" --Michael Jackson - "Rock with You" (music video) --Billy Preston and Syreeta - "With You I'm Born Again" --The Pretenders - "Brass in Pocket" (music video) --Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze" (classic moment, 1970's clip) --Carly Simon - "You're So Vain" (classic clip, music video) --Comedy segment with Eugenie Ross-Leming, Jack Riley, Rufus Shaw Jr., and Bruce Vilanch.moreless
  • Host: Roy Orbison
    Host: Roy Orbison
    Episode 25
    --Roy Orbison (host) - "Oh Pretty Woman," "Only the Lonely," "Crying," "Running Scared," "Hound Dog Man" & "Blue Bayou"
    --On film: Roy Orbison - "The Eyes of Texas" (from the movie "Roadie")
    --David Bowie - "Fame" (1970's clip)
    --Genesis - "Turn It on Again" music video
    --Patti LaBelle - "I Don't Go Shopping," "Give It Up" & "You Are My Friend"
    --Billy Preston and Syreeta - "With You I'm Born Again"
    --The Rockets - "Desire" & "Oh Well"moreless
  • Hosts: Billy Preston and Syreeta

    --Billy Preston and Syreeta (co-hosts) - "With You I'm Born Again" & "One More Time for Love."
    --Billy Preston - "Nothing from Nothing," "That's the Way God Planned It" & "Outa-Space."
    --Syreeta - "Love Fire" & "Blame It on the Sun."
    --Robbie Dupree - "Steal Away" & "Hot Rod Hearts."
    --Mickey Gilley - "Stand By Me" & "True Love Ways."
    --Gary Numan - "Cars" (probably a music video).
    --Ozone - "Walk On."
    --Cliff Richard - "Devil Woman."

  • Host: The Temptations
    --The Temptations (hosts) - "Just My Imagination," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," "Beauty's Only Skin Deep," "Power" & "Shadow of My Love"
    --The Temptations - medly of hits ("The Way You Do the Things you Do," "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)," "My Girl," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Cloud Nine" and "I Can't Get Next to You")
    --Robbie Dupree - "Steal Away"
    --Electric Light Orchestra - "Telephone Line" (classic performance)
    --Firefall - Headed for a Fall" & "Love That Got Away"
    --Gary Numan - "Cars" (music video)
    --Jim Photoglo - "We Were Ment to be Lovers" & "20th Century Fool"
    --Jackie Wilson - "(Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me) Higher and Higher" & "Lonely Teardrops" (classic clips)moreless
  • Host: The Brothers Johnson
    --The Brothers Johnson (hosts) - "Stomp," "Light Up the Night," "All About Heaven" & "Strawberry Letter 23" --The J. Geils Band - "Love Stinks" & "Come Back" --Jermaine Jackson - "Let's Get Serious" --Neil Sedaka - "Letting Go" --Neil and Dara Sedaka - "Should've Never Let You Go" & "You're So Good for Me" --Del Shannon - "Runaway" & "Hats Off to Larry" --Bonnie Tyler - "It's a Heartache"moreless
  • Co-hosts: Eddie Rabbitt and Kim Carnes
    --Eddie Rabbitt (co-host) - "Gone Too Far," "Drivin' My Life Away" "Suspicious," "747" & "Gone Too Far" (closing titles) --Kim Carnes (co-host) - "Tear Me Apart," "More Love" & "Swept Me off My Feet" --ABBA - "Take a Chance on Me" (music video) --Jermaine Jackson - "Let's Get Serious," "Burnin' Hot" & "You're Supposed to Be in Love with Me" --Teena Marie - "Behind the Groove" --Randy Van Warmer - "Just When I Needed You the Most," "Whatever You Decide" & "Down Like a Rock"moreless
  • Host: Ambrosia
    Host: Ambrosia
    Episode 30

    --Ambrosia (hosts) - "No Big Deal," "Biggest Part of Me," "Rock and a Hard Place" & "Crying in the Rain."
    --Rocky Burnette - "Tired of Toein' the Line" & "The Boogie Man."
    --Music video: Paul McCartney - "Coming Up."
    --Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street" (classic clip, possibly a music video).
    --Music videos: The Pretenders - "Tattoed Love Boys" & "Brass in Pocket."
    --Music videos: Pete Townshend - "Let My Love Open the Door" & "Rough Boys."

  • Host: Rupert Holmes
    Host: Rupert Holmes
    Episode 31
    --Rupert Holmes (host) - "Answering Machine," "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)," "Him" & "Partners in Crime" --The Manhattans - "Shining Star" & "Girl of My Dreams" --The Ritchie Family - "Give Me a Break" & "All My Love" --The Village People - "Magic Night," "Can't Stop the Music," "Milkshake" & 'I Love You to Death" --On film: Movie clip from "Can't Stop the Music" with the Village People and Valerie Perrine.moreless
  • Host: The Spinners
    Host: The Spinners
    Episode 32

    --The Spinners (hosts) - "Cupid," "I've Loved You for a Long Time," "Pipe Dream," "I Just Want to Be with You," "Working My Way Back to You" & "Forgive Me Girl."
    --The Spinners (classic clip) - "I'll Be Around."
    --Rocky Burnette (from 27-Jun-80) - "Tired of Toein' the Line" & "The Boogie Man."
    --Stephanie Mills - "Sweet Sensation" & "D-A-N-C-I-N."
    --Neil and Dara Sedaka (from 13-Jun-80) - "Should've Never Let You Go" & "You're So Good for Me."
    --Music video: Grace Slick - "Dreams."

  • Host: Olivia Newton-John
    --Olivia Newton-John - "Magic," "Suspended in Time" & "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" --Olivia Newton-John and the Tubes - "Dancin'" --Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard - "Suddenly" --Cliff Richard - "Dreaming" & "Everyman" --The Tubes - "(Brother Brother) Don't Slow Down" & "T.V. Is King" --The Manhattans - "Shining Star"
  • Co-hosts: Glen Campbell & Tayna Tucker

    --Glen Campbell and Tayna Tucker (co-hosts) - "Dream Lover," "Texas When I Die" & "Something 'bout You Baby I Like."
    --Glen Campbell - "Milk Cow Blues" & "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms."
    --Glen Campbell - "Southern Nights."
    --Tayna Tucker - "Somebody Must've Loved You Right Last Night" & "Not Fade Away."
    --Ambrosia - "You're the Only Woman," "No Big Deal" & "Living on My Own."
    --Olivia Newton-John (performance from previous show?) - "Magic."