Louis Armstrong meets Johnny Cash in 1970 as they perform Jimmy Rogers' "Blue Yodel #9". Armstrong played on the original 1930 Jimmy Rogers recording.
Jeff Beck joins Stevie Wonder onstage to add some blazing guitar licks to "Superstition". Wow!
When the Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they closed with "Be My Baby". Original members Ronnie Spector and Nedra Talley were joined by background singer Trish Scotty, replacing original member Estelle Bennett (Ronnie's sister) who was too ill to perform. But watch at the very end.....they bring Estelle up to take the final bow.
Two key members of the Zombies perform on this marvelous show. This is only one episode of many Tiny Desk Concerts featuring some wonderful people. There are many more on youtube.
Someone once cornered me at a party and proclaimed that WMMS went downhill in the 1980s when we started to play people like Prince who "was not rock and roll". Is that so? Exhibit A.
This is a clip from a series of TV concerts that WMMS did with Channel 8 featuring various national performers. I don't know who owns the rights or where the original tapes are, but a few clips have surfaced on youtube which were home taped off the air. Here is Todd alone at the piano with "A Dream Goes On Forever" from one of the broadcasts..