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…

Music – 1984 – Halftime Show – Texas Vs OU – Longhorns Show Band Of The Southwest

DOG ASIDE: It is rare when a nationally televised NCAA football game as high profile as when the Texas Longhorns do battle with the Oklahoma Sooners….that the networks carrying the contests ever gives much live coverage time to the halftime shows….but on this October 8, 1983 telecast on ABC featuring legendary NCAA football sportscaster Keith…

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…

Comedy – 1981 – Special – Robin Williams – Live At The Great American Music Hall – San Francisco

DOG ASIDE: Since we have multiple Robin Williams videos here at ImaSportsphile….I have written several pieces about the talents and challenges of this incredible entertainer….so, today I am going to give you some history on this uniquely gifted artist.   In late 1963, when Williams was 12….his father was transferred to Detroit….where the family lived in…

Comedy – 1987 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News

DOG ASIDE: Not Necessarily the News (shortened as NNTN) is an American satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special….and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990….which was Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels’s first professional television writing gig. The show was considered an inspiration and a predecessor to future news satirical programs like The Daily…

Special – 1981 – Year Of Sports In Review – Host George Plimpton Covers The World Of Sports In 1981

DOG ASIDE:    Nobody produced better highlight reviews of the year in sports than George Plimpton’s syndicated programs….as his specials just seemed to be a little more special than the others produced by various networks….and this review of the year 1981 by Plimpton was no exception.    1981 was an outstanding year in sports….which provided…

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 – 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…