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 – 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 – 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 – Jackson 5 – I Want You Back + I’ll Be There & Michael Jackson – Billy Jean

The Jackson 5 were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family….as the group was founded in 1964 in Gary, Indiana by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, with younger brothers Marlon and Michael Jackson joining soon after….who became among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following….as they were preceded by the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations.  The Jackson 5 have sold more…

Music – 1979 – The Blues Brothers – I Got Everything I Need, Almost + Trying to Get Next To You

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of previously well-known musicians….and debuted as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978, episode of Saturday…

Music – 1978 – The Grateful Dead – If I Get My Way + Keep on Trucking

The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California….with a group ranging from quintet to septet….as the band is known for its eclectic style….which fused elements of rock, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel, modal jazz, reggae, experimental music, psychedelia, and space rock for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams….and for their devoted fan base, known as “Deadheads”. “ “Their music”, writes Lenny Kaye, “touches on ground that most other groups…

Music – 1986 – Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love Of All – Performed At Liberty Weekend

Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress…..who was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records….and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.  She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums….all of which have been…