‘The Midnight Special’ pilot debuts 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: '(Take Me Home) Country Roads' by John Denver

(Saturday, August 19, 1972, 1:00 a.m. EDT)The Midnight Special, a musical variety special that would develop into a regular series (starting Feb. 2, 1973), aired this morning on NBC-TV.

The special was hosted by musician John Denver and presented as a 90-minute special encouraging young people to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

Video: 'Leaving On A Jet Plane' by John Denver and Mama Cass Elliott

Video: 'Hold Your Head Up' by Argent

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Video: 'Long Long Time' by Linda Ronstadt

Video: 'The Fast One' by Linda Ronstadt

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