Vintage Video: Phoebe Snow Performs "Poetry Man" on "The Midnight Special"

by VVN Music

For nine seasons, from 1973 to 1981, NBC presented The Midnight Special on Friday nights after The Tonight Show.

For ninety minutes every week, some of the biggest names in music took the stage to play their music in a studio setting along with an occasional special like 1973's The Last Floor with the last performance of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust.

41 years ago tonight (June 20, 1975), the show was hosted by Herb Alpert who played a number of songs including a medley of his hits. Guests included the Captain and Tennille, Billy Preston, Phoebe Snow and Supertramp.

The set list for the show:
  • Herb Alpert
    • Coney Island
    • Carmine
    • Never Never Land
    • Desert Dance
    • Medley of Hits: Lonely Bull / Spanish Flea / This Guy's in Love With You / Taste of Honey / Zorba the Greek
  • Captain & Tennille
    • Love Will Keep Us Together
    • Cuddle Up
  • Billy Preston
    • Song of Joy
  • Phoebe Snow
    • Poetry Man
    • Harpo's Blues
  • Supertramp
    • Hide in Your Shell
    • Bloody Well Right

The top ten singles on June 20, 1975:
  1. Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille
  2. When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
  3. Wildfire - Michael Murphey
  4. I'm Not Lisa - Jessi Colter
  5. Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris
  6. Sister Golden Hair - America
  7. The Hustle - Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony
  8. Get Down, Get Down (Get On the Floor) - Joe Simon
  9. Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
  10. Cut the Cake - Average White Band (AWB)
The top ten albums:
  1. One of These Nights - Eagles
  2. Venus and Mars - Wings
  3. Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille
  4. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John
  5. Cut the Cake - Average White Band (AWB)
  6. Made in the Shade - Rolling Stones
  7. The Heat is On - Isley Brothers
  8. That's the Way of the World - Earth, Wind & Fire
  9. Gorilla - James Taylor
  10. Metamorphosis - Rolling Stones

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