Music – 1988 – Leslie Uggams + LeeRoy Reams – Bight Lights And Big Town Music – Orange Bowl Halftime

During the decade of the 1980’s, the Orange Bowl Classic was known for its halftime show…..which was typically a production of the highest order…..and if the 1988 Orange Bowl featuring the # 1 Oklahoma Sooners verses the # 2 Miami Hurricanes didn’t create enough excitement…..which it did with a truly great match-up in a truly…

Music – 1982 – Willie Nelson – Georgia On My Mind + All of Me + Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Willie Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist….whose critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973)….when combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978)….made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country….which was a sub-genre of…

Music – 1986 – Gatlin Brothers – Somebody Wants Her Back + Born With Texas In My Soul

In 1979, when Larry Gatlin signed with Columbia Records….and decided to officially have his brothers billed on his singles and on his albums….as in that year, their name was officially “Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers”.  In October, they released the album Straight Ahead…..which spawned the classic single “All the Gold in California”….which became their biggest hit together….while…

Music – 1979 – 14 Karat Soul Acapella Group – I Wish That We Were Married + That Is My Baby

14 Karat Soul is an a cappella group from East Orange, N.J…..who were active in the 1980’s. They were originally a strictly doo-wop group….but later branched out into other genres.  The group were featured in the 1980 Mabou Mines short film Sister Suzie Cinema….which was a 20-minute doo-wop opera by Bob Telson and Lee Breuer. The discography of 14 Karat Soul includes several albums and compilations on Pony Canyon for the Japanese market….where the group…

Music – 1968 – The Temptations – You Got What I Need + Firefly + Butterfly + Sweet Talking Mama

The Temptations would settle into a group that consisted of Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, and David Ruffin…..and the success that would follow the group would result in what would, in later years, would be frequently referred to as the “Classic Five”….as seen in the lineup in this video herewith. In January 1964, Smokey…

Music – 1978 – Todd Rundgren + Utopia – Caravan + Can’t Stop the Loving Action + Road To Utopia

    Utopia is an American rock band formed in 1973 by Todd Rundgren. During its first three years, the group was a progressive rock band with a somewhat fluid membership known as Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. Most of the members in this early incarnation also played on Rundgren’s solo albums of the period up to 1975. By 1976, the group was known…

Music – 1979 – The Rolling Stones – Beast Of Burden + Respectable + Shattered

“Beast of Burden“ is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones….which was featured on the 1978 album Some Girls…..when in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song # 435 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”….and # 433 on the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time. The song was released as…

Music – 1978 – The Temptations – You Gota Smile So Bright + My Girl + Get Ready + Don’t Leave Girl

   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…..wherein the group’s work with producer Norman Whitfield began with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968….which pioneered psychedelic soul…..and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music.  The band members are known for their choreography, distinct harmonies…

Music – 1978 – The Band – The Weight + Old Time Religion + The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down

The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, drums, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar, vocals) and Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin, guitar). The members of the Band first came together as rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins’s Toronto, Ontario-based backing group, The Hawks, which they joined one by one between 1958 and 1963. In 1964, they separated from Hawkins…