Music – 1978 – Manhattan Transfer Live In Concert

DOG COMMENTARY: The Manhattan Transfer is a jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a capella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music….as there has been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser being the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins,…

Music – 1980 – Austin City Limits – Don Williams – Amanda Light Of My Life

DOG COMMENTARY: Don Williams was an American country singer, songwriter and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame….who began his solo career in 1971 while singing popular ballads and amassing 17 # 1 country hits….with his straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice….soft tones….and imposing build earned him the nickname “Gentle Giant” of country music.  It was with the group the…

Music – 1980 – Men At Work – Land Down Under

DOG ASIDE: Men at Work was an Australian rock band formed in 1979….who were best known for their 1981 hit “Down Under”…..as seen in this video herewith….as their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals….as he formed the group with Jerry Speiser on drums and Ron Strykert on lead guitar….then they were joined by Greg Ham on flute, saxophone, and keyboards and John…

Music – 1980 – Austin City Limits – Floyd Tillman – Slipping Around – 1st Cheating Song

DOG COMMENTARY:  Floyd Tillman is Texas original and a beloved music icon in an around Central Texas….especially by Austin music lovers….as Tillman was an American country musician…..who in the 1930’s and 1940’s helped create the Western swing and honky tonk genres. Tillman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970….and the Country  Music Hall of Fame in 1984.   Floyd Tillman grew up in the…

Music – 1980 – NBC Special – Garrett Morris Sings Schubert – An Die Musik

DOG ASIDE: Garrett Morris is an American comedian, actor, and singer….who was an original member of The Not Ready For Prime Time Players cast of the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live….while appearing from 1975 to 1980. Morris also had a role as Junior “Uncle Junior” King on the sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show….which aired from 1996–2001….along with a starring role as Earl Washington on the CBS sitcom of 2…

Comedy – 1987 – Special – Showtime At The Apollo – Duke Ellington & Nipsy Russell + Man Tan Moreland

DOG COMMENTARY: The Apollo Theater at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (formerly 7th Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (formerly 8th Avenue) in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City is a music hall which is a noted venue for African-American performers. It’s the home of Showtime at the Apollo….which is a nationally syndicated television variety show which showcased new talent, from 1987 to 2008….while encompassing 1,093 episodes….as…

Music – 1980 – The Blues Brothers Live – Something Special Just For You

DOG COMMENTARY: The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band which was founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live….as Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band….respectively in character as lead vocalist “Joliet” Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues.  The band was composed of well-known and respected musicians….and debuted as the musical…

Music – 1980 – Austin City Limits – Gail Davies

DOG ASIDE: Gail Davies is an American singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in country music….as se is the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson and the sister of songwriter Ron Davies….who established herself as a successful singer and songwriter during the 1970’s and 1980’s by scoring numerous Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard hits.  She was one of country…

Music – 1980 – Austin City Limits – Marty Robbins – El Paso

DOG COMMENTARY: Marty Robbins was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist and racing driver. One of the most popular and successful country and western singers of all time for most of his near four-decade career….while often topping the country music charts…..with several of his songs having crossover success as pop hits.   After his discharge from the military in 1947, he…