Music – 1970 – The Staple Singers – The Weight – Take A Load Off Annie

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group…..as Roebuck “Pops” Staples was the patriarch of the family….who formed the group with his children Cleotha,  Pervis and Mavis….whereby Yvonne replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army….and again in 1970. They are best known for their 1970’s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go…

Music – 1988 – Trumpeter Herb Alpert – Start Spangled Banner – At Super Bowl XXII Skins Vs Broncos

This rendition of The Star Spangled Banner is beautifully played by world famous trumpeter Herb Albert at the start of Super Bowl XXII between the Washington Redskins verses the Denver Broncos….which was play on January 31, 1988 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CA.  Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935) is an American jazz musician most associated with the group…

Music – 1985 – Mary Wells – My Guy + Junior Walker – Shotgun + The Commodores – Brick House

This video excerpt from the 1985 MoTown 25 Year Anniversary Show feature Mary Wells singing My Guy….Junior Walker singing Shotgun….and The Commodores performing Brick House….all of which were # 1 songs for MoTown Records….plus they are introduced by famous Cincinnatti disc jockeys Johnny Fever (Tim Reed) and Venus Fly Trap (Howard Hessman).   Motown in the early 1960s. Along with the…

Music – 1976 – Bob Dylan + The Band + Et Al – I Shall Be Released – Performed At The Last Waltz

“I Shall Be Released“ is a 1967 song, written by Bob Dylan…..as The Band recorded the first officially released version of the song for their 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink, with Richard Manuel singing lead vocals….and Rick Danko and Levon Helm harmonizing in the chorus. The song was also performed near the end of the Band’s 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, in…

Music – 1985 – Stevie Wonder – Come Back For More + My Cheri Amor + You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

 Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist….who early on was a child prodigy…..who became one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century.  Wonder signed with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11…..and he continued performing and recording for Motown into the 2010’s.   Among Wonder’s works are…

Music – 1976 – The Band – Ophelia Where Have You Gone – Sung At Their Last Waltz Concert

  After touring with as Bob Dylan’s band in 1966….and because they were always “the band” to various front men and the locals in Woodstock….member Levon Helm said the name “the Band” worked well when the group came into its own. The group began performing as the Band in 1968….and went on to release ten studio albums….as Dylan…

Music – 1985 – The 4 Tops + The Temptations Medley – I’ll Be There & My Girl & Getting Ready More

There were many wonderful highlights from the 1985 television special MoTown 25….which was a celebration of MoTown Records first 25 years of operation…..as many of their stars coming back to honor the record label that truly put black music and black entertainers on the map….with none bigger for the night than when The Four Tops and The Temptations came on…

Boxing – 1988 – Special – Down For The Count – The Greatest 1st Round Knockouts In Boxing History

This video provides boxing fans with a video highlight history of the greatest 1st round knockouts in boxing history….as HBO’s Larry Merchant provides the commentary for this wonderful highlights reel….including title fights with Joe Louis vs Max Schmelling 2nd fight…..Rocky Marciano vs Jersey Joe Walcott 2nd fight…..Sonny Liston vs Floyd Patterson….Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston…

Comedy – 1978 – The Johnny Carson Show – With Psychic Carnac The Magnificent and Actor Dom DeLuise

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is an American talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992.  It originally aired during late-night….and for its first decade was based at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, with some episodes recorded at NBC-TV’s West Coast studios in Burbank, California….then on May 1, 1972, the show moved to…