Music – 1980 – Floyd Tillman – Slippin Around – Sung Live At Austin City Limits Songwriters Special

“Slippin’ Around“ is a song written and recorded by Floyd Tillman in 1949. The most popular recording was a cover version by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely….which reached # 1 on the Retail Folk (Country) Best Sellers chart…..and is a song about a person cheating on his/her spouse. Tillman wrote a follow-up song, the same year, with essentially the same melody, called “I’ll…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Dont Mean A Thing If It Aint Got Tha Swing

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)“ is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington….  whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills…..which is now accepted as a jazz standard….as jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title”.  The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during…

Comedy – 1983 – Bob Hope + Martha Raye Stand Up Duet + Excerpt From 1939 Movie Never Say Die

Martha Raye (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994) was an American comic actress and singer…..who performed in movies, Broadway plays and later starred on television.  She was honored in 1969 at the Academy Awards as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops.  A talented performer whose career spans the better part…

Music – 1980 – Kennedy Center Presents A Salute To Duke – With Sarah Vaughn + Ella Fitzgerald Et Al

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and leader of a jazz orchestra….which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than fifty years.  Although Duke was born in Washington, D.C….he lived in New York City from the mid-1920’s until his death….while gaining a national profile through…

Music – 1980 – Joe Williams – Those Who Are Lonely Too – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

As the Depression worsened….the recording industry was in crisis….while dropping over 90% of its artists by 1933….that is when Ivie Anderson was hired as the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s featured vocalist in 1931….as she is the vocalist on “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” in 1932….while Sonny Greer had been providing occasional vocals….and as…

Comedy – 1983 – Bob Hope + Martha Raye Stand Up Duet + With Clip From 1938 Movie Never Say Die

Martha Raye was an American comic actress and singer who performed in movies and later on television ….as she also acted in plays including Broadway….plus, she was honored in 1969 at the Academy Awards as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops….when she joined the USO in 1942….soon after the US entered World War…

Comedy – 1983 – Stand Up Routine – Bob Hope + Rosemary Clooney – On The Road To Hollywood Special

Rosemary Clooney was an American singer and actress….who came to prominence in the early 1950’s with the song “Come On-a My House”…. which was followed by other pop numbers such as “Botch-a-Me”, “Mambo Italiano”, “Tenderly”, “Half as Much”, “Hey There” and “This Ole House”….while she also had success as a jazz vocalist….but Clooney’s career languished in the…

MLB – 1910 To 1950 – The Story Of Black Baseball + The Negro League – With Host Audrey Kates

We at ImaSportsphile are just “tickled pink” to have these excerpts from the 1980 made for TV special The Boys In The Field….cuz it provides the very best footage of highlights from action in The Negro Professional Baseball Leagues from 1910 to 1950….for these video clips are nothing less than “pure gold” in our treasure chest of vintage memories…

Special – 1980 – TV Program Sports Afield – Special Film Clip – Autumn At Yellowstone National Park

Sports Afield was founded in 1887 by Claude King…. as a hunting and fishing magazine….as it is the oldest continuously published outdoor magazine in North America….with a first issue that was eight pages in entirety….hitting the newstands in January 1888….which was printed on newspaper stock and published in Denver, Colorado.  Initially only a magazine, Sports Afield started applying its name…