The Midnight Special - Season 9

NBC (ended 1981)




Episode Guide

  • Host: Ted Nugent (September 5, 1980)

    --Ted Nugent (host) - "Wango Tango," "Hard as Nails" and "Violent Love"
    --Ted Nugent (music video) - "Scream Dream"
    --Robbie Dupree - "Hot Rod Hearts"
    --Olivia Newton-John - "Magic"
    --Jackson Browne - "Running on Empty" (classic "Midnight Special" performance)

    Music Videos:
    --AC/DC - "You Shook Me All Night Long," "What Do You Do for Money Honey" & "Hell's Bells"
    --Roger Daltrey - "Free Me"
    --Pete Townshend - "Let My Love Open the Door" & "Rough Boys"

  • Host: Christopher Cross (September 12, 1980)

    --Christopher Cross (host) - "Ride Like the Wind," "Sailing" & "Never Be the Same."
    --Christopher Cross & Nicolette Larson - "Say You'll Be Mine"
    --Irene Cara - "Fame" & "Out Here on My Own"
    --The S.O.S. Band - "Take Your Time Do It Right" & "S.O.S."
    --Amy Holland - "How Do I Survive"
    --Johnny Lee - "Lookin' for Love"
    --Music videos: Genesis - "Mistunderstanding" & "Turn It on Again."
    --Music video: Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody."

  • Hosts: Cher and Black Rose

    --Cher and Black Rose (hosts) - "Never Should Have Started," "Julie," "You Know It" & "Ain't Got No Money."
    --Eddie Rabbitt - "Drivin' My Life Away," "Gone Too Far" & "Suspicions."
    --The Everly Brothers (performance from 19-Aug-1972) - "All I Have to Do Is Dream."

    Music videos:
    --David Bowie - "Ashes to Ashes."
    --The Rolling Stones - "She's So Cold" & an abridged version of "Emotional Rescue."
    --Paul Simon - "One Trick Pony" & "Ace in the Hole."

  • Host: Chevy Chase
    Host: Chevy Chase
    Episode 4
    --Chevy Chase (host) - sings "Short People, "I Shot the Sheriff" & "16 Tons" --Richard Belzer (comedian) - comedy monologue --Irene Cara - "Fame" --Johnny Lee - "Lookin' for Love" --Benny Mardones - "Into the Night" & "Hometown Girls" --Johnny Nash (on tape, 1973 clip) - "I Can See Clearly Now" --The Rolling Stones (music videos) - "Emotional Rescue" & "She's So Cold" --Richard Tee - "Now" & "A Train" --The Steve Merritt Dancers (series regulars)moreless
  • Host: America
    Host: America
    Episode 5
    --America (hosts) - "Sister Golden Hair," "Survival," "Valentine" & "You Could've Been the One" --America (music video) - "Horse with No Name" (concert footage) --Keith Carradine - "I'm Easy" (clip from the 1970's) --Larry Graham - "One in a Million You" & "When We Get Married" --Pure Prairie League

    Music Videos: --Air Supply - "All Out of Love" --The Cars - "Touch 'n' Go" & "Panorama"moreless

  • Hosts: The Spinners
    --The Spinners - "I Just Want to Fall in Love," "Now That You're Mine Again," "Cupid" & "Working My Way Back to You" --Ambrosia - "You're the Only Woman" & "No Big Deal" --Joan Armatrading - "All the Way from America" & "Me Myself I" --Robbie Dupree - "Hot Rod Hearts" music video --Jose Feliciano - "Light My Fire" (1970s clip) --The Pointer Sisters - "He's So Shy" & "Could I Be Dreamin'" (music video)moreless
  • Host: Mac Davis
    Host: Mac Davis
    Episode 7
    --Mac Davis (host) - "Me and Fat Boy Pruitt," "Rock 'n' Roll I Gave You All the Best Years of My Life" (1970s clip), "Texas in My rear View Mirror," "Secrets" & "Rodeo Clown" --Cher and Black Rose (from 19-Sep-80) - Never Should've Started," "You Know it" & "Ain't Got No Money" --Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard - "Suddenly" --Peaches & Herb - "Funtime" --Cliff Richard - "Dreaming" & "Everyman"moreless
  • Host: The Oak Ridge Boys
    --The Oak Ridge Boys (hosts) - "Trying to Love Two Women," "Leaving Louisiana in Broad Daylight," "Beautiful You," "Broad Daylight" & "Dream On" --Pat Benatar (on film) - "You Better Run" & "I'm Gonna Follow You" music videos --Debby Boone - "Are You on the Road to Loving Me Again" & "Take It Like a Woman" --Amy Holland - "How Do I Survive?" --Robert Palmer - "Looking for Clues" & "Johnny and Mary" --Queen - "Another One Bites the Dust" music video --Ray, Goodman & Brown - "Special Lady," "My Prayer" & "You"moreless
  • Host: Stephanie Mills
    --Stephanie Mills (host) - "Never Knew Love Like This Before," "Sweet Sensation," "Try My Love" & "I Just Wanna Say" --John Cougar Mellencamp - "This Time" & "Ain't Even Done with the Night" --The Pointer Sisters (on tape) - "He's So Shy" & "Could I Be Dreaming" --Leo Sayer - "More Than I Can Say," "When I Need You" & "Time Ran Out on You" --707 - "I Could Be for You" & "Tonight's Your Night" --Pete Townshend (music videos) - "Rough Boys" & "A Little Is Enough"moreless
  • Host: Billy Crystal
    Host: Billy Crystal
    Episode 10
    --Billy Crystal (host) - does three comedy monologues throughout the show --Susan Anton - "Dreaming My Dreams" & "Love Won't Always Pass Me By" --Susan Anton and Fred Knoblock - "Killing Time" --David Bowie - "Ashes to Ashes" music video --The Bus Boys - "Did You See Me," "There Goes the Neighborhood" & "Johnny's Soul'd Out" --Korgis - "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" music video --Don McLean - "Vincent" & "Dreidel" (probably 1970's clips) --The Vapors - "Turning Japanese" music video --Yes - "Into the Lens" music videomoreless
  • Hosts: The Captain & Tennille
    --The Captain & Tennille (hosts) - "Until You Come Back to me," "This Is Not the First Time," 'Do That to me One More Time," "Keeping Our Love Warm" & "I Think It's a Dream" --LaToya Jackson - "Night Time Lover" & "If You Feel the Funk" --Neilsen & Pearson - "Two Lonely Nights" & "If You Should Sail" --Leo Sayer - "More Than I Can Say," "Time Ran Out on You" & "Where Did We Go Wrong?"

    Music Videos: --David Bowie - "Fashion" --Bette Midler - "My Mother's Eyes" --The Ramones - "Rock 'n' Roll High School" & "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"moreless

  • Host: REO Speedwagon
    --REO Speedwagon (hosts) - "Time for Me to Fly," "Keep On Loving You," "Don't Let Him Go," "In Your Letter" & "Roll with the Changes" --The Babys - "Sweet 17," "Turn and Walk Away" & "She's My Girl" --Kim Carnes and Randy Meisner - "Deep Inside My Heart" --Randy Meisner - "Hearts on Fire," "Got to get Away" & "Trouble Ahead" --Rod Stewart - "Oh God" & "Passion" music videos --Thin Lizzy - "Chinatown" & "Killer on the Loose"moreless
  • Host: Robert Klein
    Host: Robert Klein
    Episode 13
    --Robert Klein (host) - stand-up comedy --Susan Anton and Fred Knoblock - "Killing Time" --Cliff Richard - "Dreaming" & "Everyman" --Kool & the Gang - "Celebration," "Ladies Night" & "Jones vs. Jones" --The Tremblers (with Peter Noone) - "Green Shirt" & "You Can't Do That"

    Music Videos: --ABBA - "The Winner Takes It All" --Dire Straits - "Skateaway" --The Rolling Stones - "She's So Cold"moreless

  • Host: The Pointer Sisters
    --The Pointer Sisters (hosts) - "He's So Shy," "Fire," "Could I Be Dreaming," "Where Did the Time Go?" & "Here Is Where Your Love Belongs" --Blondie - "The Tide Is High" music video --Harry Chapin - "Sequel" --Korgis - "Everybody's Gotta Learn Something" music video --Spyro Gyra - Percolator" & "Cafe Amore" --Supertramp - "Dreamer" music video --The Temptations - "Struck by Lightning Twice," "Power" & "Take Me Away"moreless
  • Host: Harry Chapin
    Host: Harry Chapin
    Episode 15
    --Harry Chapin (host) - "Sequel," "Remember When the Music," "Taxi" & "Story of a Life" --ABBA (music videos) - "the Way Old Friends Do," "The Winner Takes It All" & "Super Trouper" --Moom Martin - "Signal for Help" & "Five Days of Fever" --The Pointer Sisters (from 19-Dec-80) - "He's So Shy" & "Could I Be Dreaming" --Prince - "Uptown" music video --Leo Sayer - "More Than I Can Say" & "Time Ran Out on You"moreless
  • Host: Larry Hagman
    Host: Larry Hagman
    Episode 16
    --Larry Hagman (host) - "Ballad of the Good Luck Charm" & "My Favorite Sins" --George Burns - "Using Things and Loving People" --Heart - "Tell It Like It Is" (music video) --Olivia Newton-John (from 25-Jul-80) - "Suspended in Time" & "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" --Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard - "Suddenly" --Bette Midler - "My Mother's Eyes" (music video) --Marie Osmond - "It's the Falling in Love" --Rod Stewart - "She Won't Dance with Me," "Passion" & "Oh God" (music videos) --Tanya Tucker - "Can I See You Tonight," "Pecos Promenade" & "Love Knows We Tried"moreless
  • Host: Andy Kaufman
    Host: Andy Kaufman
    Episode 17
    --Andy Kaufman - comedy: foreign man doing impressions & skit with puppets. --Andy Kaufman (as Elvis) - "I Beg of You" & "Too Much" --Andy Kaufman (Joe Claton Group) - "It's a Small World" --Andy Kaufman (taped segments) - Andy's Other Job; Andy Wrestling; Andy the Entertainer; Parent's Reaction --Slim Whitman - "I Remember You," "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" & "When" --Freddy Cannon "Tallahassee Lassie" & "Palisades Park" --Queen (music video) - "Flash Gordon"moreless
  • Host: Lily Tomlin
    Host: Lily Tomlin
    Episode 18
    --Lily Tomlin (host) - does her "Suzi Sorority" & "Crystal" comedy routines. --Hall and Oates - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Kiss on My List" & "How Does It Feel to Be Back?" --Kool & the Gang - "Celebration" --The Police (music video) - De Do Do Do De Da Da Da" --The Motels - "Envy" & "Danger" Plus, Rock critic Robert Hilburn interviews lead singer Martha Davis. --Fred Willard (on film) - clips from the movie "First Family"moreless
  • Host: Lynda Carter
    Host: Lynda Carter
    Episode 19
    --Lynda Carter - "Last Song," "Tumble Down Love" & "Fantasy Man" (Plus, a 3-part profile of the actress.)

    --Gail Davies - "I'll Be There" & "It's a Lovely, Lovely World" --Devo - "Whip It" (possibly a music video) Plus, Robert Hilburn interviews the group. --Charles Grodin (a 3-part profile of the actor, filmed by Albert Brooks) --T.G. Sheppard (country singer) - "Do You Want to Go to Heaven?" & "I Feel Like Loving You Again"moreless

  • Host: Bob Uecker
    Host: Bob Uecker
    Episode 20
    --Bob Uecker (host) - comedy segment --Bellamy Brothers - "Do You Love As Good As You Look?" "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body" & "Let your Love Flow" --Blondie - "Rapture" (probably a music video) --Neil Diamond - 5-part interview --Rick Nelson - "It Hasn't Happened Yet," "Believe What You Say" & "Almost Saturday Night"moreless
  • Host: Marilu Henner
    Host: Marilu Henner
    Episode 21
    --Marilu Henner (host) - appears in a 3-part taped segment with Jeff Conaway, Tony Danza, Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, Jim Jacobs, and Christopher Lloyd. --Firefall - "Staying with It," "Strange Way" and "I Don't Want to Hear It" --Sir Douglas Quintet - "She's About a Mover," "Who'll Be the Next in Line" & "Mendocino" --Michael O'Donoghue (comedian & comedy writer) - 4-part "Mr. Mike" feature with Paul Klein, Lorne Michaels and Tim White. --Peter Ustinov (an interview with the actor)moreless
  • Host: Laraine Newman
    --Laraine Newman (host) and Van Dyke Parks - "Cheek to Cheek" --David Bowie - "Fashion" music video --Peter Gabriel - "Games Without Frontiers" music video --Etta James - "Take It to the Limit" & "Miss You" --Juice Newton - "Angel of the Morning," "Queen of Hearts" & "Ride 'Em Cowboy" --Michael O'Donoghue (on tape) - Mr. Mike feature --Cliff Richard - "A Little in Love" & "Give a Little Bit More" --Also: "Catch a Rising Star" segment with Richard Belzer, Pat Benatar, Rich Newman, David Sayh and Adrianne Tolsch.moreless
  • Host: John Schneider
    --John Schneider (host) - "It's Now or Never," "34 in Atlanta" & "These Good Old Boys Are Bad"
    --On videotape: John Schneider with the "Dukes of Hazzard" cast: James Best, Denver Pyle, Catherine Bach, Sorrel Brooke and Tom Wopat.
    Also appearing:
    --Sheena Easton - "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" & "Modern Girl"
    --Donna Summer - interviewed by Robert Hilburn.
    --Dottie West - "Are You Happy Baby," "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" & "Lesson in Leaving"moreless
  • Host: Patricia Davis
    --Patricia Davis (Ronald Reagan's daughter) - sings "Dark Side of the Night" & "Crying Over You"
    --Rich Little & Patricia Davis - comedy bit with Rich playing Ronald Reagan
    --Albert Brooks - appears in a four-part segment with Kathryn Harrold & Carl Reiner
    --Emmylou Harris - "Mr. Sandman," "I Don't Have to Crawl" music video, "White Girl" & "Once Over Twice." (Plus, a 2-part interview with Robert Hilburn).
    --The Police - "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (music video)
    --On film: movie clip from "Modern Romance"moreless
  • Hosts: Skip Stephenson & Byron Allen
    --Skip Stephenson & Byron Allen ("Real People" co-hosts)
    --Creedence Clearwater Revival (on tape, footage from a 1970s U.K. concert) - "Proud Mary," "Green River" & "Midnight Special"
    --Cathy Moriarty (taped segment, a profile of the actress)
    --Waylon Jennings - interviewed by Robert Hilburn
    --Robert Urich (a profile of the actor, with comments by Bart Braverman, Howard Cosell, Phyllis Davis & Heather Menzies)
    --Yarbrough and Peoples - "Don't Stop the Music" & "Easy Tonight"moreless