BOOTLEG FILES 811: “Olivia Newton-John – Hollywood Nights” (1980 TV special).
LAST SEEN: On YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: The expense in clearing the music and performance rights.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: There is no great call for this one.
In April 1980, Olivia Newton-John was at a career peak – she ended the 1970s as one of the decade’s most popular recording stars and her first Hollywood movie, the 1978 production of “Grease,” immediately established her as a box office presence. Her star power was so strong that ABC recruited her for a one-hour variety special that would air ahead of its telecast of the Academy Awards ceremony.