Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WACKY WEDNESDAY: Schmaltz 'n' Roll -'70s Style

In the past several days I've seen the following video -- Donny & Marie Osmond performing Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" in 1978 on their old TV show -- posted on two or three friends' Facebook pages. (I saw yours first, Tommy T, so you're responsible for this.)



Did you make it all the way through the ice-skating sequence?

But Donny & Marie weren't the only Top 40 pop stars to have their own TV variety shows in the Me Decade. The airwaves were crawling with them.

Below are some memorable musical moments from some of these tacky shows.

Here's The Captain & Tennile backing up poet/spaceman Leonard Nimoy.

Former New Mexico Music Commissioner Tony Orlando with his back-up singers collectively known as Dawn, had their own show between 1974 and 1976. Watch 'em boogie!

So you want some rock 'n' roll? In 1973 on their variety show, Sonny & Cher did this medley featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, The Four Seasons and ... Bobby Vinton?????!!!??

The golden age of crappy TV variety shows is long gone. But a couple of decades later on their short-lived syndicated TV talk show, Donny & Marie outdid themselves with a big production where they attempted to lead the children in to the dark world of the occult with this song from a movie about a cross-dressing, multi-sexual vampire.

And speak of the devil, Donny & Marie will be appearing live July 23 at Sandia Pueblo Amphitheater. Don't miss 'em!

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