Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Great Fiddlers Medley – The Orange Blossom Special

DOG ASIDE: The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about a passenger train of the same name….and was written by Ervin T. Rouse (1917–1981) in 1938….with the original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is often called simply The Special. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem.   By the 1950’s, it had become a perennial favorite at bluegrass festivals….which…

Comedy – 1983 – Special – Bob Hope On The Road To Hollywood – Part 1I

DOG COMMENTARY: Bob Hope was widely praised for his comedic timing….his specialization in the use of one-liners….and his rapid-fire delivery of jokes….and especially with his style of self-deprecating jokes….after first building himself up….then tearing himself down, was unique. Working tirelessly, he performed live hundreds of times per year…..while starring in such early films as The Cat and…

Comedy – 1979 – Special – Red Skelton’s Funny Faces – Guest Marcel Marceau

DOG COMMENTARY: Red Skelton would always have some “mime comedy” segments in most of his television specials……as Red was a really good comedic mime….who developed a great fondness for Marcel Marceau…..as seen in this video herewith….as Skelton and Marceau team up for some absolutely wonderful pieces of comedic mime. Marcel Marceau was a French actor and mime most famous for…

Music – 1979 – Todd Rungren & Utopia – Dancing On The Desert Sand + Can’t Stop The Loving Action

DOG ASIDE Todd Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer….who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia….as seen in this video herewith. He is characterized for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music….along with his  flamboyant stage outfits…..and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. He…

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,…