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…

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 – 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 – 1976 – Kinky Friedman – Dear Abby

DOG ASIDE: By now my readers know that I am “full blown happy” when I get to write about any and all Austin icons that show up in a video that I have to post….cuz Austin is where it all started with ImaSportsphile…..so those folks whom we hold near and dear to our hearts….and Kinky Friedman is an…

Music – 1979 – The Doobie Brothers Live On Sound Stage – Listen To The Music

DOG ASIDE:  The Doobie Brothers were one of the great rock bands of all time…who sold more than 40 million albums worldwide….while being active for five decades….with its greatest success in the 1970’s…. as evidenced by their 1979 appearance on Sound Stage…..where they performed one of their most popular hit solo song Listen to the Music.   The band’s history…

Music – 1981 – Journey Live Tour With Albert King + Pinetop Perkins + Luther Allison + Jerry Portnoy

DOG COMMENTARY:  Sometimes this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile just likes to take a slow walk down memory lane….and watching this video of Journey Live in Concert during their 1981 tour….has brought back so many memories of Bone Daddy at his bar on 6th Street in Austin in 1981….and how often he spoke of going a block down…

Music – 1979 – Todd Rungren & Utopia – Love Is The Answer + You May Think That I’m A Fool

DOG ASIDE: Utopia is an American rock band formed in 1973 by Todd Rundgren….who were a progressive rock band with a somewhat fluid membership known as Todd Rundgren’s Utopia….with most of the members in this early incarnation that also played on Rundgren’s solo albums of the period up to 1975.  By 1976, the group was known simply as Utopia and…

Music – 1978 – Leo Sayers – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

DOG COMMENTARY: Leo Sayer is a British born singer-songwriter musician and entertainer whose singing career has spanned four decades….who is now an Australian citizen and resident.  Sayer launched his career in the United Kingdom in the early 1970’s….and became a top singles and album act on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970’s.  His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom all reached the Top 10….which…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles – Everything Is Going My Way + I Can’t Stop Loving You

DOG ASIDE:  There are more than a handful of wonderful Ray Charles videos in our music library that we cherish dearly….cuz in our books….there has never been anyone quite like Ray Charles….and we don’t think there ever will be again….for he like Chuck Berry….has been the subject of the only communications from outer space…..when we…