Los Angeles Boss Jock Robert W. Morgan’s syndicated radio program, “Special of the Week”s guest artist for the weekend of December 13-14, 1980 was singer-songwriter John Stewart. Morgan was more than familiar with John and his music. He had been a fan since first hearing John’s “California Bloodlines” album in 1969. It led to John co-hosting Robert’s “Groovy” television show on station KHJ-TV (Channel 9) for the remaining weeks that it was on the air. With cancellation in the wind, Robert and John created a free-wheeling comedy show that at one point had John and Robert dueling with blow dryers! And of course there was John’s music. He performed live on the show with Buffy Ford and his band. Only one videotape master exists of the “Groovy” show and it is purportedly in Morgan’s widow, Shelley’s and/or daughter, Susanna’s hands. It would be great to have the programmed digitally transferred to see the Robert and John act one more time.
For this “Special of the Week,” Robert “interviews” John in between audio clips of his songs as a solo artist and a member of the Kingston Trio. For good measure he even throws in a clip of the Monkees version of “Daydream Believer.” Of note at the beginning of the program are John’s fans waiting in line at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood who are asked there reactions to John and his music. Even Robert’s young daughter, Susanna, who is in line, gets into the act singing an acappella version of “Gold” which had been John’s hit recording at the time.
A Side Note: I worked at a law firm that represented Robert during the last few years of his life. When he called the office and we spoke he was even more humorous on the phone without the constraints of the FCC. It’s one of the few times in my life that I remember laughing so hard. Robert was a truly an outrageous character. He is sorely missed by those who grew up with him on Los Angeles radio.
To listen to Robert W, Morgan’s “Special of the Week” on John Stewart go to https://youtu.be/8MqrRD1P-Ac