15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark

15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark
It’s difficult to find an aspect of popular culture that Hugh Hefner didn’t influence during his long, remarkable life. Spanning journalism, television, film, fashion and, of course, sexuality, his impact on music is one of the least heralded aspects of his legacy. Over the course of two seasons, Hefner used his weekly syndicated variety show, Playboy After Dark, as a platform for a broad spectrum of artists.

Psychedelic sounds from San Fransisco (courtesy of the Grateful Dead), early heavy metal (provided by Deep Purple), country-tinged balladeers (thanks to Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds) and old-school crooners (like the
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Singer-Songwriter Joe South Dies At 72

Singer-Songwriter Joe South Dies At 72
Atlanta -- Singer-songwriter Joe South, who performed hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s such as "Games People Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and also penned songs including "Down in the Boondocks" for other artists, died Wednesday, his music publisher said. South was 72.

South, whose real name was Joseph Souter, died at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, according to Marion Merck of the Hall County Coroner's office. Merck said South died after having a heart attack.

"He's one of the greatest songwriters of all time," said Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group, which published South's music. "His songs have touched so many lives. He's such a wonderful guy and loved by many."

South worked as a session guitar player on recordings of some of the biggest names of the 1960s – Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, among others. But he had
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Marvin Hamlisch presents the '70s: The Way We Were on PBS July/Aug

Marvin Hamlisch hosts Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The .70s, The Way We Were, a television special featuring performers re-creating their big hits from the 1970s. The special stars Bj Thomas, Three Dog Night, Debby Boone, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Ray Stevens, Freda Payne, Guy and Ralna, Bobby Goldsboro, Billy Joe Royal, Peaches and Herb, Jonathan Edwards, Gloria Gaynor and composer and conductor Hamlisch himself. The event is part of special programming airing in July-August 2010 (check local listings) on PBS stations. In addition to the live stage performances, the program looks back at warm and wonderful memories of the 1970s. Hamlisch looks back on the 1970s with nostalgia. .The country breathed a sigh of relief when the
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