Music – 1978 – Willie Nelson – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

DOG COMMENTARY: There have been so many great musical artists who have performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow….as this ballad with music by Harold Arien and lyrics by Yip Harburg….was written originally for the movie The Wizard of Oz….where it was sung by actress Judy Garland….in her starring role as Dorothy Gale….but this rendition by Willie Nelson…

Music – 1978 – The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone + Just The Way You Are + My Girl + More

DOG COMMENTARY:  The Temptations are an American vocal group who released a series of successful singles and albums with Motown Records during the 1960’s and 1970’s….as their work with producer Norman Whitfield…. which started with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968….pioneered psychedelic soul and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music….as te band members are known for…

Music – 1980 – Best Of ACL – Roy Clark & Gatemouth Brown + John Hartford + Jimmy Buffet

DOG COMMENTARY: In our opinion here at ImaSportsphile…..we believe that Austin City Limits is by far the best long running televised music program ever….as ACL has gone a long way in making Austin, Texas what it is known as in 2018….the Live Music Capital of The World.  This best of ACL program features country music’s national anthem…..The Orange…

Comedy – 1977 – Special – Dan Akroyd + Steve Martin – Two Wild And Crazy Guys – Ping Pong

DOG ASIDE: The comedic talents of Dan Akroyd and Steve Martin were on display throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s on many episodes of Saturday Night Live.….with the skits of Two Wild and Crazy Guys being some of their funniest work….as seen in this video herewith….where the skit is titled “Ping Pong”…..which features SNL icons Jane Curtain and Gilda…

Music – 1978 – Sting & The Police – We Are Spirits In A Material World

DOG COMMENTARY:   The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977…..who for most of their history the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter)….Andy Summers (guitar)….and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion)…..as The Police became globally popular in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s….who are generally regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success …..while playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae,…

Music – 1979 – The Rolling Stones – Someone To Lean On + You Make A Grown Man Cry + Honky Tonk Woman

DOG ASIDE: There are really only two musical groups that rank as the best rock and roll musicians of all time…..The Beatles and The Rolling Stones….as all other great rock groups are merely pretenders to the crown of best of all time….and t The Beatles with members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr became widely regarded as the…

Comedy – 1976 – Bette Midler – The Divine Miss M’s Live Stand Up Routine

DOG ASIDE:  Without question, Bette Midler, The Divine Miss M, is the sum total of many outstanding talents including….singing, acting, impersonating, story telling, costume changing, musical skits, comedy and stand-up routines…. which combine to create one of the truly greatest entertainers of all time….man or woman.  As far as this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphiles is concerned…..one…

Fast Pitch Softball – 1988 – Special – Tribute To Eddie Feigner – The King And His Court

DOG COMMENTARY:  There are heroes and then there are HEROES….and fast pitch softball pitcher Eddie “The King” Feigner is one of those HEROS….as anointed by the original Sportsphile back in 1957 in Midland, Texas…..and then re-confirmed as one of those HEROES in 1965 in Odessa, TX….when The King and His Court barnstormed throughout West Texas…..while playing the very best…

Music – 1979 – Austin City Limits – Larry Gatlin + The Gatlin Brothers – She Is A Broken Lady

DOG COMMENTARY; Larry Gatlin is known for his rich falsetto singing style and for the unique pop-inflected songs he wrote and recorded in the 1970’s and 1980’s….with some of his biggest hits include “Broken Lady”….“All the Gold in California”….“Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”….“She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby” and “Talkin’ to the Moon”. …