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Behind the Music Season 1 Episodes

38 Episodes 1997 - 1998

Episode 1

Milli Vanilli

Sun, Aug 24, 1997 60 mins

Tracing the rise and fall of Milli Vanilli, the vocal duo that won the 1989 Grammy for Best New Artist, but later returned it when it was discovered that they had been lip-synching. Included: interviews with Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan.

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Episode 2

MC Hammer

Sun, Aug 24, 1997 60 mins

Tracing the ups and downs in the life of MC Hammer, the Grammy-winning rapper who topped the charts in the early '90s, but who filed for bankruptcy in 1994. Interviewed: Hammer, his wife and Arsenio Hall. Also: concert footage.

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Episode 3

Boy George

60 mins

An interview with Boy George, who discusses his former drug addiction, his homosexuality and the down side of being a celebrity. Also: his fall from Culture Club fame.

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Episode 4

Fleetwood Mac

60 mins

Charting the ups and downs of Fleetwood Mac. Included: interviews with band members Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Also: concert footage.

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Episode 5

Nowhere to Run

60 mins

A report on musicians who've been stalked by fans. Included: profiles of Mark David Chapman, who shot John Lennon; and Ricardo Lopez, who sent an acid bomb to Bjork before he videotaped his suicide with her music playing in the background.

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Episode 6

The Image Makers

Sun, Sep 28, 1997 60 mins

This survey of rock-music photography starts with its early days in the '50s, when "[posed studio shots] made wax figures of the people who made you move." Included: interviews with photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Neal Preston; the evolution of album-cover art.

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Episode 7

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sun, Oct 19, 1997 60 mins

A report on the ups and downs in the lives and careers of Lynyrd Skynyrd includes interviews with surviving members of the band and their families. Included: the group's rise to fame in the 1970s.

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Episode 8

Teddy Pendergrass

Sun, Oct 26, 1997 60 mins

A profile of singer Teddy Pendergrass includes an interview with the '70s icon, who discusses the 1982 auto accident that left him a quadriplegic. Also: concert clips; comments from his mother, Ida; his wife, Karen; and friends Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson.

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Episode 9

Billy Joel

Sun, Nov 9, 1997 60 mins

Recalling Billy Joel's financial troubles of the 1980s, especially his 1989 lawsuit against his former business manager for mismanagement of funds.

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Episode 10

Lilith Fair

60 mins

An inside look at Lilith Fair, the tour that featured an all-female lineup of singer-songwriters, including Sarah McLachlan and Fiona Apple.

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Episode 11

Andy Gibb

60 mins

A report on the life and career of Andy Gibb includes clips from his concerts and work in stage musicals; and his struggle against drug-and-alcohol abuse. Also: comments by family members, including the Bee Gees; and onetime love Victoria Principal.

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Episode 12

Jim Croce

60 mins

The life and death of Jim Croce (1943-73). Included: the songwriter's childhood in South Philadelphia; his struggle to make it in the business. Also: interviews and concert clips; comments from his widow, Ingrid, and friends including Arlo Guthrie and Cheech Marin.

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Episode 13

The Carpenters

60 mins

A profile of the Carpenters includes an interview with Richard Carpenter and a segment about the music he created with lyricist John Bettis. Also: comments by close friends of Karen Carpenter.

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Episode 14

Sonny Bono

60 mins

A report on Sonny Bono's contributions to music, television and public service. Included: interviews with the Representative's mother and sisters. Also: comments by friends.

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Episode 15

The Mamas and the Papas

60 mins

The Mamas and the Papas are profiled.

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Episode 16

Meat Loaf

Sun, Feb 1, 1998 60 mins

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Episode 17

Gladys Knight

60 mins

A report on the life and career of Gladys Knight. Included: comments by the singer on racism, her marriages and professional setbacks.

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Episode 18

Willie Nelson

60 mins

A profile of Willie Nelson includes his early years in Texas, his move to Nashville and the success of the compilation album "Wanted: The Outlaws," the first platinum country album. Also: the country star's past problems with the IRS.

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Episode 19

Jerry Lee Lewis

60 mins

Jerry Lee Lewis.

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Episode 20

Rick James

Sun, Mar 15, 1998 60 mins

A profile of Rick James includes comments from the one-time "king of funk" about his former drug addiction and his years in prison during the mid-'90s. Also: concert clips; remarks by band and family members, including his wife, Tanya.

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Episode 21

David Crosby

60 mins

A profile of David Crosby, who discusses Crosby, Stills and Nash; his 1994 liver transplant; and his reunion with his son, musician James Raymond, who as a child was given up for adoption. Also: father and son play in a group called CPR.

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Episode 22

Selena

60 mins

A profile of slain Tejano star Selena includes interviews with her father, Abraham Quintanilla; and her convicted killer, Yolanda Saldivar, who has been sentenced to life in prison. Also: comments from Selena's husband, Chris Perez, and designer Martin Gomez.

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Episode 23

Jefferson Airplane/Starship

60 mins

Profiling Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

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Episode 24

Takin' It to the Streets

Sun, Apr 12, 1998 60 mins

A survey of street musicians and artists who work in various U.S. cities, including New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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Episode 25

Ozzy Osbourne

Sun, Apr 19, 1998 60 mins

A profile of heavy-metal artist Ozzy Osbourne includes his days as frontman for Black Sabbath and his subsequent solo career. Also: his past struggles with substance abuse; lawsuits filed by families who claim their sons committed suicide because of Osbourne's music.

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Episode 26

Ted Nugent

Sun, Apr 26, 1998 60 mins

Tracing Ted Nugent's life and career from the days when he performed as a teen to his fame in the '70s and his gigs as a talk-radio host and member of the band Damn Yankees. Included: Nugent's political views.

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Episode 27

Joe Cocker

Sun, May 3, 1998 60 mins

A profile of Joe Cocker.

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Episode 28

Studio 54

90 mins

A report on Studio 54, the '70s nightclub that brought to its customers "a whole new over-the-top species of fun." Included: archival footage; the throngs that hoped to be admitted. Also: comments by the disco's co-owners; Liz Smith; Robin Leach, and former employees.

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Episode 29

Keith Moon

60 mins

A profile of Keith Moon features comments from Who bandmates Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle; personal assistant Douglas Butler; the drummer's ex-wife; and his girlfriend.

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Episode 30

Bonnie Raitt

Sun, Jun 7, 1998 60 mins

Profiling Bonnie Raitt, including the ups and downs in the career of the Grammy winner, and her dedication to social activism. Also: concert clips; her 1991 marriage; remarks by Raitt and fellow musicians such as Jackson Browne.

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Episode 31

Culture Club

60 mins

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Episode 32

Robbie Robertson

60 mins

A profile of Robbie Robertson.

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Episode 33

Def Leppard

Sun, Jun 21, 1998 60 mins

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Episode 34

Tony Orlando

60 mins

A profile of Tony Orlando.

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Episode 35

Gloria Estefan

60 mins

A profile of Gloria Estefan. Included: the Grammy winner's remarks about her recovery from a 1990 bus accident that occurred while she was on tour; the birth of her son in 1980 and her work to raise money for victims of Hurricane Andrew. Also: home movies.

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Episode 36

Jan and Dean

60 mins

A profile of Jan and Dean, the surf-music duo whose '60s hits numbered "Surf City" and "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)." Their career was cut short after Jan suffered brain damage following a 1966 car accident. Included: interviews; archival footage.

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Episode 37

Harry Chapin

60 mins

A biography of Harry Chapin charts his music career and social activism on behalf of causes such as world hunger. The 38-year-old troubadour died in a July 1981 traffic accident on the Long Island Expressway. Included: comments by his widow, Sandy.

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Episode 38

Gloria Gaynor

Sun, Jul 26, 1998 60 mins

A profile of former disco queen Gloria Gaynor includes her remarks about the ups and downs in her life and career, including the beating death of her sister in 1995. Also: her reborn faith, her long marriage to husband-manager Linwood Simon and her struggle with her weight.

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