Auto Racing – 1982 – Special – Bob Costas Salutes The King Of NASCAR – Richard Petty In Car #43

Richard Petty, nicknamed The King….is a former NASCAR driver….who raced from 1958 to 1992 in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series….which is now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series…..and was the first driver to win the NASCAR Cup Championship seven times….as Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson are the only other drivers to accomplish this feat….while winning a record 200 races…

Auto Racing – 1961 To 1986 – Jim McKay Wide World Of Sports 25th Anniversary Auto Racing Special – When Is Going Faster Going Too Fast

This video seen herewith is MUST SEE TV for any and all auto racing fans…..as Jim McKay hosts ABC’s Wide World of Sports 25th Anniversary Show…..and he provides a look back at their coverage of auto racing events over the past 25 years from 1961 to 1986….when the always “elegant and eloquent”  sportscaster provides an array of…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jack Arute Profile Of Life And Career Of Driver A J Foyt + Dad Tony

A J Foyt is an American retired auto racing driver….who has raced in numerous genres of motorsports…..with his open wheel racing including the United States Automobile Club Champ cars, sprint cars and midget cars….plus, he raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC….while having won several major sports car racing events….whereas he holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories….along with the American championship racing career wins record with 67.    His father was an auto-mechanic…

Auto Racing – 1958 To 1992 – Bob Costas + Gary Gerould Tribute To Life & Career Of Richard Petty

Richard Petty was nicknamed The King….is a former NASCAR driver who raced from 1958 to 1992 in the former NASCAR Grand National and Winston Cup Series…which is now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series)….who was the first driver to win the NASCAR Cup Championship seven times…. wih Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson being the only other drivers to accomplish this feat….when The King won a…

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

Duke Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1965….but no prize was ultimately awarded that year…..and being then 66 years old, he joked….”Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be famous too young.”….and in 1999 he was posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer Prize “commemorating the centennial year of his birth, in recognition of…

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…

Music – 1980 – Joe Williams – Do Nothing Til You Hear It From Me – From Salute To Duke Ellington

Joe Williams had a powerful voice with a smooth delivery that provide some of the best jazz vocals to ever grace the stage…..and after spending years on the road with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and the Count Bassie Orchestra….he join Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Max Roach and Billy Taylor + His All Star Orchestra to…

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

Joe Williams (December 12, 1918 – March 29, 1999) was an American jazz singer….who sang with big bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra….and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra….plus with his combos…. while singing in two films with the Basie orchestra….and sometimes he worked as an actor.  Williams worked as a singer and bouncer in Chicago in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s….when he began singing…