Music – 1978 – Ray Charles + The Young Caucasians – Tell Me What Did I Say

DOG ASIDE: This 1978 SNL skit featuring legendary r&b and soul singer Ray Charles at a 1957 music recording studio in Memphis….as his manager, Garrett Morris , introduces Ray to an all white singing group call The Young Caucasians….who are going to record Ray’s song “Tell Me What I Say”.   This wonderful musical skit was a spoof…

Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Chet Atkins – The Autumn Leaves

DOG COMMENTARY: Chet Atkins was known as “Mr. Guitar“ and “The Country Gentleman“….who was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer….who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to be known as the Nashville sound….which expanded country music’s appeal to adult pop music fans.  He was primarily known as a guitarist…..but  also played…

Music – 1986 – The Stephen Foster Singers – My Old Kentucky Home At The Kentucky Derby

DOG ASIDE:    My Old Kentucky Home is an anti-slavery ballad originally written and composed in 1852  by Stephen Foster….which was published in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York….as Foster likely composed the song after having been inspired by the narrative of popular anti-slavery novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin….while likely referencing imagery witnessed on his visits to the Bardstown, Kentucky farm…

Music – 1983 – Marvin Gaye – Brother Brother + Talking Black Music

DOG COMMENTARY:    Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and record producer….who helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960’s and 1970’s….originally as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits including…. “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You”….”I Heard It Through The…

Music – 1983 – DeBarge – Learn The Ways of Love & High Society – Open To Love + Need You Tonight

DOG ASIDE:   DeBarge was an American musical recording group composed of several members of the DeBarge family….which was a family of musical talent that was often compared to the Jackson family. In addition to various solo projects completed by members of the family….DeBarge was active between 1979 to 1989 as an R&B group…who enjoyed popularity throughout that time…