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 – 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 – 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…

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”. …

Comedy – 1981 – Special – Bobby Berosini + His Comedic Orangutans

DOG ASIDE:  How long has it been since you have seen a really good animal act on television…..since the days of Ed Sullivan!?!…..well, you’ve waited long enough….for Bobby Berosini + His Comedic Orangutans will surely fill the void for you…..as these guys are really funny…..as they perform with a sparkle in their eyes…..like all true entertainers…

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Merle Haggard + The Strangers – Old Fashion Love In My Heart

DOG ASIDE:  This lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile wasn’t much of a country and western music fan back 2.5 yaars when I first started posting videos on our web page herewith….but after having posted at least a hundred or so Austin City Limits concerts from 1976 to 1991…..but after doing my research and telling stories about…

Music – 1977 – Austin City Limits – Earl Scruggs Revue – Simply Pickin’

DOG ASIDE: Earl Eugene Scruggs was an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style….now called “Scruggs Style”….which is a defining characteristi of bluegrass music…as his three-finger style of playing was radically different from the ways the five-string banjo had been historically played….as Scruggs popularized the instrument in several genres of music….and elevated the…

Music – 1979 – Austin City Limits – Tom T Hall – The Year Clayton Delany Died

DOG COMMENTARY:  Thomas T. Hall is an American country music songwriter, singer, instrumentalist, novelist, and short-story writer. He has written 12 x # 1 hit songs….with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the # 1 international pop-crossover smash “Harper Valley PTA” and the hit “I Love”….which reached # 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. He became known to fans as…

Music – 1979 – ACL – Lightning Hopkins – Going to Louisiana + That Woman Can’t Carry No Heavy Load

DOG COMMENTARY: Lightnin’ Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas….and as a child was immersed in the sounds of the blues…..as he developed a deep appreciation for this music at the age of 8….when he met Blind Lemon Jefferson at a church picnic in Buffalo, Texas. That day, Hopkins felt the blues was “in him”….so he went on to learn from his…