Playing Malaguena pretty much became Doc’s trademark song in the 70’s and 80’s. This performance was with the Texas Tech marching band in the fall of 1970. I was there and heard his performance because TCU was the opposing team that day. I remember watching him play from our perch in the stands. In fact, you can see our purple uniforms in the left side of the screen, as we watch from the stands.
It was super windy that day. If you look closely, you will see Doc have to anchor himself before playing. He was pointed directly into that strong wind, and it was extremely difficult to play under those conditions. The TCU band marched first, and I was whipped from trying to march and play into that wind. I don’t know how Doc played as well as he did that day. This is a rare video from 44 years ago and I’m glad it survived. I have no idea how much they had to pay Doc to come do this performance that day, but it wasn’t cheap since he was already leading the Tonight Show band.