Eric Clapton & Robert Cray, ca. 1989-1990

Originally posted October 11, 2007

Boy, once again, a reminder of the things you miss when you’re not paying attention!

For two seasons – from 1988 into 1990 – the NBC television network aired a show first called Sunday Night, later named Michelob Presents Night Music. Hosted first by Jools Holland and later by David Sanborn, the show’s guest list was nothing but eclectic.

Among the performers listed at Wikipedia as having performed are: Ruth Brown, Ivan Neville, Phoebe Snow, Dizzy Gillespie, Dr. John, Randy Newman, Boz Scaggs, Al Green, Darlene Love, Joe Cocker, Youssou N’Dour, Branford Marsalis, Lou Reed, Tracy Nelson, Little Milton . . . and that was just a small sampling of the first season!

What a show! And I never caught a glimpse of it. It could be that during the first season, the NBC affiliate in Minot, North Dakota, aired something else. That type of thing happened out on the prairie. But I was in the Twin Cities during the second season and missed it completely. Oh, well.

A little bit of digging found a clip from the show’s second season of Eric Clapton and Robert Cray performing “Old Love,” a song they co-wrote that was released on Clapton’s Journeyman album in 1989.

It’s followed by an odd little bit that evidently was the type of thing the show used as transitions from performance to commercials.

Afternote: Well, 200 posts. Whodathunkit? Thanks to everyone who stops by. I’m having a lot of fun doing this and evidently those of you who stop by are having fun, too. Thanks again!

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