Herbie Hancock ”Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert 1976” (Jazz/Funk) [Concert/Review] > Watch it Here <


Year: 1976
Genre: Jazz/Funk
Source: Professional Filmed for TV (But not the best quality here)

By 1976, Herbie Hancock was a true rock star. He had established himself as a huge talent during his Blue Note career in the 1960s before joined the legendary second Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. That in turn led to Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew, and the rock and jazz worlds melded into a delicious fusion cocktail.

Hancock, meanwhile, put out several superb albums on Warners, including Mwandishi and Crossings. When he switched labels again to Columbia, his album Sextant continued his fine output in March 1973.

Fast-forward to October… and Head Hunters. And everything changed. Blame it on “Chameleon.” Every funk player worth his salt today knows the changes to “Chameleon.” Following Head Hunters were Thrust (1974) and Man-Child (1975) plus a Japanese double live album, Flood

The Headhunters appeared on Don Kirschner’s New Rock Concert on October 16, 1976. The band for this set is: Herbie Hancock, piano, keyboards; Benny Maupin, tenor saxophone; Paul Jackson, bass; Wah Wah Watson (Melvin Ragin), guitar; and James Gadsen?, drums.


00:14  Gentle Thoughts
10:38  Doin’ It
19:58  Hang Up Your Hang Ups
25:38  commercials

Man-Child was the album with another of Hancock’s signature electric tunes, “Hang Up Your Hang-Ups.” Secrets had just come out in August, just ahead of this live show. “Gentle Thoughts” and “Doin’ It” are from Secrets.

Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert

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Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert was an American television music variety show that ran during the 1970s and early 1980s, created and produced by Don Kirshner and syndicated to television stations, initially through Viacom Enterprises, and later through Syndicast. It premiered on September 27, 1973, with a performance by The Rolling Stones and The Doobie Brothers; its last episode was in 1981.


Kirshner had been executive producer and “creative consultant” on ABC’s In Concert series which debuted with two shows in November and December 1972, in the 11:30 p.m. time slot usually held by The Dick Cavett Show. The programs, taped at the Hofstra Playhouse at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., featured performances by Alice Cooper, Curtis Mayfield, Seals & Crofts, Bo Diddley, The Allman Brothers Band, Chuck Berry, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Poco, The Steve Miller Band, and Joe Walsh. Their rating more than doubled the average rating of The Dick Cavett Showand even topped NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in some markets and among viewers under the age of 35.

In Concert became a bi-weekly series in January 1973. “Right now, we have more artists than we know what to do with,” Kirshner’s music director Wally Gold told The Washington Post late in 1972. “We pay them scale to appear, which is way below what they usually get for a concert, but they know that the publicity is well worth it. So everyone wants to be on. We’re getting hundreds of calls. At first, we had to beg the artists to appear. Now they’re begging us.”

In September 1973, Kirshner left In Concert—he received producing credits for three more shows—to launch his own syndicated “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.” The premiere, on September 27, 1973, featured The Rolling Stones, taped in London, in their first appearance on American TV in more than four years.

The program featured many of the popular performers of the day during its run and other notable guests included Rush, The Eagles, KISS, Foghat, The Ramones, Kansas, Van Morrison and The Allman Brothers Band. Kirshner personally commissioned rock designer Jim Evans to create a special logo for the show.

The show was hosted by Kirshner up till the last season. His on-air delivery was described as flat by viewers. Paul Shaffer often lampooned him in a convincing impersonation on Saturday Night Live, which went head-to-head against “Rock Concert” in some cities between 1975 and 1981. In its final season the show was hosted by Kirshner’s son and daughter.

As with The Midnight SpecialDon Kirshner’s Rock Concert was noted for featuring live performances, which was unusual for the period since most television appearances at that time used lip-synching to prerecorded music. Kirshner’s show was recorded in stereo utilizing simulcast to broadcast on FM Stereo radio stations and early Cable TV.

The series also occasionally aired vintage footage of older acts such as Bill Haley & His Comets, Dusty Springfield and Ritchie Valens, which due to the age of the recordings were broadcast in mono.

Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert library is owned by SOFA Entertainment and Historic films.