“In 1974, Aerosmith Faced Struggles to Break Through; Their Fortunes Shifted After Appearing on The Midnight Special in LA”

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.


The transformative presentation by Aerosmith of the song “Train Kept A Rollin'” that significantly impacted their career.


During the initial half of 1974, Aerosmith faced challenges in their career. The single “Same Old Song And Dance,” released in March, did not make it to the charts. This fate was shared by two more singles, “S.O.S.” and their rendition of Tiny Bradshaw’s “Train Kept A Rollin’.” Their album “Get Your Wings,” from which these singles were derived, reached a plateau at #74 on the Billboard chart.

Undeterred, the band continued to tour, sharing stages with Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Kiss, and Lynyrd Skynyrd throughout 1974. Drummer Joey Kramer, reflecting in his memoir “Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom,” mentioned the exhaustive nature of their tour, nearly pushing them to their limits.

However, a turning point emerged. In June, Aerosmith traveled to Los Angeles to film a segment for NBC’s long-standing music program, “The Midnight Special.” Hosted by Little Richard, the episode aired on August 9, featuring Aerosmith alongside Blood Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas, Dutch rockers Golden Earring, R&B star Eddie Kendricks, and funk group Kool & The Gang. This marked the beginning of a positive shift in their fortunes.

For numerous Americans, Aerosmith’s rendition of “Train Kept A Rollin'” served as their initial introduction to the band, and the experience was nothing short of powerful. Recently restored footage, shared on The Midnight Special’s official YouTube channel, captures Steve Tyler and the band exuding youthful energy and delivering an electrifying performance. The sequence unfolds seamlessly, from Joe Perry’s laid-back introductory solo to the song’s resounding and dynamic conclusion.


Additionally, the band showcased “Dream On” on The Midnight Special, with the footage made available in June. This performance proved instrumental in propelling Aerosmith to significant success following the broadcast. Their third album, “Toys In The Attic,” released eight months later, nearly breached the top 10 and achieved a remarkable nine million in sales. Even the initially struggling “Get Your Wings” eventually earned a triple platinum certification.

This marked a pivotal moment as Aerosmith solidified their trajectory towards success.