Blake I. Collier | The Dirty Deacon

Contributor for Mockingbird | Co-creator of Son of Byford | Contributor for Christ & Pop Culture


Curtis Mayfield performing “Move On Up” among other songs live…great song, but what’s up with the green-screened-in white guys at the beginning?? Hmmmm…

Nice VHS copy of the Double Exposure live concert in 1971.  Donny Hathaway performing “The Ghetto.”

Bill Withers live in Zaire in 1974 performing “Hope She’ll Be Happier.”  Great live video.

Bill Withers performing one of his funkiest songs, “Use Me,” on Soul Train.

Complete Bill Withers concert footage he did for BBC Television in 1973.

Set List:

Ain’t No Sunshine
Lonely Town, Lonely Street
Grandma’s Hands
Use Me
Let Me In Your Life
Lean On Me 

I decided to start out the week of Bill Withers with my favorite live track from Carnegie Hall: “I Can’t Write Left-Handed”.  Gotta be one of his greatest moments.

And, as added bonus, here is the cover of it by John Legend & The Roots live:

The Temptations performing “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” live.  Always have loved this song.

How does it get any better than this?  I am not sure it does…

Diana Ross and the Supremes & The Temptations performing a medley of each others’ songs on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Jackson 5 performing a medley of songs live on The Carol Burnett Show.

It’s that moment when listening to a live recording of “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” performed at The Kennedy Center where Marvin dedicates the song to the parents he loves who are in the audience that night.  Knowing at the same time that it was his father who shot and killed him on April 1, 1984.  Goosebumps and hair raising on the back of my neck…

Marvin Gaye performing “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” live at Montreaux in 1980.

Marvin Gaye performing “Distant Lover” live on Soul Train in the 70s.  Excellent video, excellent song.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell performing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” live on TV in the late sixties before her death in 1970.

Marvin Gaye performing “Can I Get A Witness” live on TV, Hollywood, 1965. 

This is hilarious. A nice take on an old tune.

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