Burt Sugarman

By Gary:

This post will be very different and for the people in Europe totally new.  Burt Sugarman:  Not a musician, singer or song writer, he was a television producer.  In the 1970’s (1972-1981) he produced,  for the NBC Television network, on Friday nights at 12:30 am “The Midnight Special”. 

It was broadcast very late at night, but fans who loved live music like Shindig would not miss it.  Over the Nine years he had some of the greatest groups PLAYING LIVE – NO LIP SYNCING.

So this post will be about those Fantastic Live performances.  For those of you so inclined, Burt married TV personality Mary Hart in 1989 and today is 81 and living in L.A.

TV Personality Mary Hart And Lovely Husband Burt Sugarman Enjoy A Romantic  Dinner Date Even After 30 Years Together

Mary Hart and Burt Sugarman

Burton Roy Sugarman (born January 4, 1939) is an American film and television producer best known for creating and producing the iconic 1970s/early ’80s showcase for rock-n-roll groups The Midnight Special.

Sugarman also produced the 1970s game show Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Richard Pryor Show, Whew! and The Wizard of Odds. During 1979, Sugarman also owned shares in Old Tucson Corporation, which owned the Old Tucson and Old Vegas amusement parks in Arizona and Nevada.

In the 1980s, he produced the motion pictures Kiss Me Goodbye, Extremities and Children of a Lesser God. He was the executive producer of the film Crimes of the Heart in 1986 and television series The Newlywed Game 1988. He was also part owner of Barris Industries (later known as the Guber-Peters Entertainment Company) before it was sold to Sony in 1989.

It would be impossible to give you the links to all of the Great Performances, so I will pick some of my favourites. See “Guest Stars” at the end for links for the rest. 

1975 Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton Reflects on 'Frampton Comes Alive!' 40 Years Later: 'I Went  From Musician to Pop Star Overnight' | Billboard

The Four Seasons / December 1963

Artist Countdown: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Top 30 Hits 6pm ET  @RadioMax – RadioMaxMusic

The Doobie Brothers / Listen to the Music

Doobie Brothers rocker Michael McDonald opens up on his current projects |  Express.co.uk

Blondie / Heart of Glass

1973 / The Great Jim Croce / Bad Bad Leroy Brown

Jim Croce, Five Others Die in Plane Crash - Rolling Stone

1979 / The Pointer Sisters / Fire

The guilt kills me': Pointer Sisters star's regret over 'abandoning' kids -  Starts at 60

1973 / Johnny Nash / I can see clearly now

Johnny Nash, reggae singer best known for I Can See Clearly Now, dies aged  80 | Music | The Guardian

1976 / The Sylvers (one family and one very slick group) /

the whole sylvers clan - The Sylvers Photo (32269495) - Fanpop

1976 /Fleetwood Mac / Rhiannon / 

1977 / Glenn Campbell / Southern Nights / 

The Midnight Special More 1977 - 14 - Glen Campbell - Southern Nights -  YouTube

1973 / John Denver / Take me home Country Roads / 

The Untold Truth About John Denver – Rock Music Revival

1977 / Leo Sayer / You make me feel like Dancing / 

Special Events – Malta

Guest stars

ABBA
AC/DC
Aerosmith
America
Aretha Franklin
New Birth
The Bay City Rollers
The Beach Boys
The Bee Gees
Chuck Berry
Blondie
David Bowie
Dr. Hook
Bread
Brooklyn Dreams
James Brown
The Cars
The Chambers Brothers
Jerry Bell
Ray Charles
Cheap Trick
Lou Christie
Petula Clark
Jim Croce
Billy Crystal
Bo Diddley
The Doobie Brothers
Earth, Wind & Fire
Electric Light Orchestra
Mama Cass Elliot
Fleetwood Mac
Peter Frampton
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Aretha Franklin
Marvin Gaye
Genesis
Andy Gibb
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Golden Earring
Goldstar
Al Green
The Guess Who
Heart
Janis Ian
Wolfman Jack
The Jackson 5
Rick James
Billy Joel
Elton John
Journey
KC and the Sunshine Band
Andy Kaufman
B.B. King
Kiss
Kris Kristofferson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Gordon Lightfoot
Little Feat
Loggins & Messina
Barry Manilow
Steve Martin
Eddie Money
Van Morrison
Randy Newman
Olivia Newton-John
The New York Dolls
Ted Nugent
The O’Jays
Dolly Parton
Prince
Richard Pryor
Robert Fripp
Helen Reddy
REO Speedwagon
Linda Ronstadt
Roxy Music
Diana Ross
T. Rex
Rufus
Todd Rundgren
The Spinners
Steely Dan
Rod Stewart
Sugarloaf
Donna Summer
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The Three Degrees
Thin Lizzy
Ike & Tina Turner Revue
Village People
War
Weather Report
Barry White
XTC
Gary Wright

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