Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Rainbow Band – Over The Rainbow – Performed Live At ACL

“Over the Rainbow“ is a ballad composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg.….which was written for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz….and was sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy Gale…..which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song….while becoming Garland’s signature song ….as the song has been covered by many artist over the years.  In this video seen herewith….Willie Nelson and The…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Piano Instrumental – Featuring Classical + Jazz + Blues + Country

It is really rare to find a piano instrumental played by Ray Charles in any of his concerts or music videos….for Brother Ray was truly a virtuoso of the keyboard….as The Genius could really “tickle the ivories”….as evidenced by the video seen herewith….when Charles was performing on stage at Austin City Limits….with a mixed medley of classical, blues, jazz and country….and…

Music – 1980 – The Olympic Choir – Star Spangled Banner – Closing Ceremony Of The Lake Placid Games

Olympic Games ceremonies of the Ancient Olympic Games were an integral part of these Games….as the modern Olympic games have opening, closing and medal ceremonies. Some of the elements of the modern ceremonies harken back to the Ancient Games from which the Modern Olympics draw their ancestry…..as an example of this is the prominence of Greece in both the opening and closing…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Grow Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

“I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart“ is a 1938 composition by Duke Ellington….with lyrics added by Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond….as this song became a # 1 hit for Ellington in 1938….while other hit versions the same year were by Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton singing, Connee Boswell, Hot Lips Page, and Mildred Bailey. In this video seen herewith….legendary jazz singer…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Rainbow Band – Mona Lisa – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“Mona Lisa“ is a popular song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film Captain Carey, U.S.A. in 1950….as the title and lyrics refer to the renaissance portrait Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci…..as the song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1950….while the Billboard sales charts of 1950 also showed significant sales on versions by Dennis Day, Victor Young with vocal by Don Cherry, Art Lund, Ralph Flanagan with vocal by Harry Prime, Charlie…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Oh What A Beautiful Morning – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’“ is the opening song from the musical Oklahoma!….which premiered on Broadway in 1943….after being written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II….man, Oscar and Hammerstein songs were played often by Bone Daddy on Granny Jean’s piano throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s….cuz he played them all, be it South Pacific, The Sound of Music,…

Music – 1981 – Well Hello Baseball – Set To MLB Highlights As The Strike Ends And Baseball Returns

The 1981 Major League Baseball strike was the first work stoppage in Major League Baseball since the 1972 Major League Baseball strike that resulted in regular season games being cancelled. Overall, it was the fourth work stoppage since 1972….but actions in 1973, 1976, and 1980 did not result in any regular season games being cancelled.   The 1981 MLB strike began on…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – I Can See Clearly Now – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“I Can See Clearly Now” is a song originally recorded by Johnny Nash…..which was a single from the album of the same name…..and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom when it was released in 1972…..while reaching# 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart…..and as covered by many artists throughout the years….including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff,…

Music – 1980 – The NBC Classical Chorus – A Ship Set To Sea In The Month Of May

We have an incredible amount of video footage from well over 100 Saturday Night Live episodes from the mid-1970’s to the late 1980’s here at ImaSportsphile in our wonderful video library…..which amounts to about 150 hours of SNL content…..from comedy skits….to musical guest…..to weekend update news…..to Gary Weiss films….to Mr. Bill episodes…..and more….and albeit is difficult to…