Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special

Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special {rare}

I don’t care who Burt Sugarman was. I’m sure he had “ties” to the private club that was once known as “mainstream media.” But back in the 70’s, it was probably a lot different. Sure, one hand washed the other like in any industry – but to a much more localized scale. Today it’s all big-time global.

The Midnight Special Aerosmith - Burt Sugarman's The Midnight SpecialSo with that said – there are still silver linings to whatever monopolies people had over others back in the day.

One such historical point was The Midnight Special. A pretty much one-of-a-kind musical program with genuine great artists.

Nefarious or not – there is nothing like this anymore.

There are very few truly talented musicians as well. Music has gone down the tubes. In our ears at least.

I hear some of the stuff people are touting as “awesome” these days, and I experience an event similar to the movie “The Exorcist.” It’s God-awful.

I’ll be willing to guess that 30-40 years from now – ALMOST ALL of today’s “hits” will NOT be registered on any kind of respectable list of legendary music. It’s just not possible.

Below are a few (five) from the collection that I happen to like.

We own the entire DVD series (snagged on eBay for $15 bucks. What a steal!) One day I’ll rip these to portable format if someone wants to make an offer.


Burt Sugarmans The Midnight Special DVD collection - Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:03 am

I very clearly remember the Edgar Winter show. I was a fan of his brother Johnny, and had never seen Edgar but had been hearing the song on the radio ( a lot!) and, well let’s just say, the brotherly relationship was obvious. At first I thought it might just be Johnny doing an alter ego, but Edgar had even less color than Johnny (something I didn’t believe possible until I saw it on TV!). The scope of the bands on that show was amazing too – Kool and the Gang or KC and the Sunshine Band, followed by some hard rock group. Probably my favorite was Sly and the Family Stone – all of them actually played instruments, well! We all tend to dismiss the 70’s as an era of great music but I think it stands the test of time – a few bad years there in 75-77, but then a complete shift. Good times. Thanks for triggering the memories.

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