Series / The Midnight Special

An NBC music Variety Show, which ran from 1973 to 1981. It was one of the very first shows to break past the average 1AM sign-off time, as well as one of the very first to eschew lip-synching in favor of straight-up live performances. The show primarily consisted of live musical acts from popular performers, with the occasional dip into archival concert footage and comedy performances.

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