Let’s go back to a time when watching TV was a privilege and your parents controlled the channel knob… this was before remotes.  When I was a kid, we watched what our parents watched, which explains why I have a vague memory of shows like the Lawrence Welk Show and the Perry Como Show.  Come to think of it, why were my parents watchin’ those old folk shows… back then, they were pretty young themselves.  Oh well, things you watched when the choices were few.  Anyway, CLASSIC TV PERFORMANCES is an article that recalls good ol’ special moments when the families used to huddle around the home’s one TV and watch it together.  I’m talkin’ ‘bout a time that even precedes the times when cable only provided one TV signal to the whole house, no matter how many TV’s you had.  Yes, a simpler time when my family was just thankful we finally got a color TV set.  Don’t worry, only one of this article’s videos is in Black & White.  C’mon with me and check out this unburied treasure… some of the JAMS… I mean GEMS… from back in the day.  Hopefully the CLASSIC TV PERFORMANCES I selected for you will have NO SKIPSNO SCRATCHES.  Let’s dig on ‘em and boogie on to these priceless videos we found on YOUTUBE.
Sammy Strain was the third O’Jay who didn’t lead the songs but held the background down by staying vocally solid between Eddie and Walter.  You had to see them live back in the day to really appreciate how three men can bring so much energy and sound to the stage.  Check out the O’Jays doin’ just that with their rock solid dance HIT, “I Love Music.”

posted by Masahiro Sanada

Aaahhh, the 70’s… gotta love ‘em.  T’was a time when banana yellow jumpsuits weren’t odd apparel and eggplant purple elephant leg jeans were the bomb diggity.  I’m Just tryin’ to prepare you for Al Wilson… a manly man… sportin’ his picture perfect pink bell bottomed walking suit with black velvet trim while performing his biggest HIT on Soul Train.  Ready?  Just as an extra precaution, put on some dark shades to protect your eyes and enjoy, “Show And Tell.”

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Where would we be without the video archive of Don Cornelius’ Soul Train dance show?  I know my life would’a been different had Soul Train not been a part of it growing up.  Everybody who was anybody performed on this incredibly important piece of TV history.  Well, the Angel Of The Night appeared on Soul Train on this day and rocked the house with a slow jam.  They didn’t slow it down often so when they did, you know it had to be for a sho’ nuff slammerAngela Bofill, one of my “crushes” as a young man, certainly brought it when she sang one of my favorites, “Tonight I Give In.”  Go Angie!

posted by brownboykb

Isaac Hayes penned this song with his songwriting partner in the early days, the great David Porter.  Of course, they wrote all of these two dudes HITS back then.  Tie your wig on tighter and prepare for the high energy of Sam & Dave getting’ down with, “I Thank You.”

posted by Diane McGrier

“Put on your wig woman, we’re goin’ out to shake and finger pop!”  Yeah!  That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout, Jr. Walker.  This brotha’, along with his slammin’ band, the Allstars, got down with dey bad selves on the regular.  Man, I hate that he’s no longer with us having lost him to cancer in 1995.  With his signature wailing saxophone, Jr. Walker struck a beautiful dance chord in 1965 with this JAM, “Shake And Finger Pop.”

posted by Giulio Nutti

These two guys were a songwriting & producing team for Philly International Records when someone decided they would release one of their own songs.  This song became a DISCO anthem.  I especially loved the song because it showed how good DISCO could be with a little SOUL added in.  Quiet as kept, they wrote and/or produced HITS for others like, “Back Stabbers” for the O’Jays, “I’ll Always Love My Mama” for the Intruders, “Bad Luck,” “Where Are All My Friends” and “Wake Up Everybody” for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.  Get your roller skates out, head down to the nearest rink and groove to the smokin’ McFadden & Whitehead classic, “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.”

posted by Disko Heaven

“The Little guy with the great big voice.”  That’s how Jeffrey Osborne was described back when he exploded onto the music scene with his Super Bad band, LTD (Love, Togetherness & Devotion).  Talk about “makin’ a Soulful noise.”  Jeffrey and LTD couldn’t miss for their first few albums back in the 70’s beginning with their first big one, 1976’s Love To The World LP, featuring the incredible Skip Scarborough-written CLASSIC hit, “Love Ballad.”  Fast forward to 1990 where we find Jeffrey Osborne flying solo, performing live on Showtime At The Apollo; this is, “I’m Only Human.”

posted by Bee Gordon

In the 80’s, we saw JAZZ purist (probably not what he considered himself, ever), Herbie Hancock come from behind the piano and proceeded to Rock the House.  Refusing to let music innovations leave him behind, this INNOVATOR released a slammer called, “Rock It.”  It was 9 cans of shavin’ powder FUNKY.  He got the chance to perform it before a live studio audience at the 1983 Grammy Awards.  I’m sure he raised plenty o’ eyebrows at this prestigious affair but Herbie was bein’ Herbie, one of the BADDEST musicians on the planet.  I’ll wrap up this edition of CLASSIC TV PERFORMANCES in NO SKIPS NO SCRATCHES and feature Herbie Hancock steppin’ wa-a-a-ay outside the box, Kickin’ Out The Jam with, “Rock It.”  Peace!

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