Music – 1978 – Austin City Limits – Great Fiddlers Medley – The Orange Blossom Special

DOG ASIDE: The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about a passenger train of the same name….and was written by Ervin T. Rouse (1917–1981) in 1938….with the original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is often called simply The Special. It has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem.   By the 1950’s, it had become a perennial favorite at bluegrass festivals….which…

Comedy – 1983 – Special – Bob Hope On The Road To Hollywood – Part 1I

DOG COMMENTARY: Bob Hope was widely praised for his comedic timing….his specialization in the use of one-liners….and his rapid-fire delivery of jokes….and especially with his style of self-deprecating jokes….after first building himself up….then tearing himself down, was unique. Working tirelessly, he performed live hundreds of times per year…..while starring in such early films as The Cat and…

Music – 1984 – Halftime Show – Texas Vs OU – Longhorns Show Band Of The Southwest

DOG ASIDE: It is rare when a nationally televised NCAA football game as high profile as when the Texas Longhorns do battle with the Oklahoma Sooners….that the networks carrying the contests ever gives much live coverage time to the halftime shows….but on this October 8, 1983 telecast on ABC featuring legendary NCAA football sportscaster Keith…

Comedy – 1979 – Special – Red Skelton’s Funny Faces – Guest Marcel Marceau

DOG COMMENTARY: Red Skelton would always have some “mime comedy” segments in most of his television specials……as Red was a really good comedic mime….who developed a great fondness for Marcel Marceau…..as seen in this video herewith….as Skelton and Marceau team up for some absolutely wonderful pieces of comedic mime. Marcel Marceau was a French actor and mime most famous for…

Music – 1979 – Todd Rungren & Utopia – Dancing On The Desert Sand + Can’t Stop The Loving Action

DOG ASIDE Todd Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer….who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia….as seen in this video herewith. He is characterized for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music….along with his  flamboyant stage outfits…..and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. He…

Comedy – 1981 – Special – Robin Williams – Live At The Great American Music Hall – San Francisco

DOG ASIDE: Since we have multiple Robin Williams videos here at ImaSportsphile….I have written several pieces about the talents and challenges of this incredible entertainer….so, today I am going to give you some history on this uniquely gifted artist.   In late 1963, when Williams was 12….his father was transferred to Detroit….where the family lived in…

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…

Comedy – 1987 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News

DOG ASIDE: Not Necessarily the News (shortened as NNTN) is an American satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special….and then ran as a series from 1983 to 1990….which was Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels’s first professional television writing gig. The show was considered an inspiration and a predecessor to future news satirical programs like The Daily…

Music – 1978 – The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone + Just The Way You Are + My Girl + More

DOG COMMENTARY:  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….as their work with producer Norman Whitfield…. which started with the Top 10 hit single “Cloud Nine” in October 1968….pioneered psychedelic soul and was significant in the evolution of R&B and soul music….as te band members are known for…