Music – 1979 – Gale Davies – Taking My Bucket Down To The South Fork – Sung On Austin City Limits

Gail Davies is an American singer/songwriter….and the first female record producer in country music history….who was the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson….and the sister of songwriter Ron Davies…..as Gail’s son, Chris Scruggs, is a former co-lead singer and guitarist for the roots-country band BR549….and is currently on tour with Marty Stuart as a member of his Fabulous Superlatives. Gail Davies established…

Music – 1979 – Frank Sinatra – I Have Got You Under My Skin – With Voice Impersonator Bob Anderson

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin“ is a song written by Cole Porter in 1936…..which was introduced that year in the Eleanor Powell musical film Born to Dance….in which it was performed by Virginia Bruce…..and it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song also that year….as it became a signature song for Frank Sinatra…..and,in 1966, the song became a top 10 hit for the…

Music – 1979 – Farren Young – Cold Cold Heart – Performed Live On Stage At Tribute To Hank Williams

“Cold, Cold Heart“ is a country music and pop song recorded by Hank Williams….as a blues ballad is both a classic of honky-tonk….and an entry in the Great American Songbook. The song would become a pop hit for Tony Bennett….which paved the way for country songs to make inroads into the lucrative pop market.  In the liner notes to the 1990 Polygram compilation Hank Williams: The Original Single…

Music – 1979 – Donnie Harper + The Voices Of Tomorrow – Sing Sing A Song – Sung Live On Stage In NYC

“Sing“ is a 1971 song written by Joe Raposo for the children’s television show Sesame Street….as its  signature song…..which gained popularity in 1973 when performed by the Carpenters….who made it a # 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Raposo was one of the staff songwriters on Sesame Street….as the song became one of the most popular on the program….which was sung…

Music – 1979 – Dean Martin – Release Me Let Me Go – With Impersonators Rich Little + Bob Anderson

“Release Me“….which is sometimes rendered as “Release Me (and Let Me Love Again)” is a popular  song written by Eddie “Piano” Miller and Robert Yount in 1949. Four years later it was recorded by Jimmy Heap & the Melody Masters in 1953….and with even better success by Patti Page in 1954….Ray Price in  1954….and Kitty Wells in 1954….which was subsequently recorded by Jivin’ Gene [Bourgeois] & the Jokers in 1960….and that…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles & His Original 50s Band – Ive Got A Woman + I Believe + Hit The Road Jack

“Hit the Road Jack“ is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield….which was first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe…..but it became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix….and eventually became one of Charles’ signature songs. Charles’s recording hit # 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100….as “Hit the…

Music – 1978 – Randy Newman – Short People – Performed Live On Stage In New York City

“Short People“ is a song by Randy Newman from his 1977 album, Little Criminals….as the verses and chorus are lyrically constructed as a prejudiced attack on short people…..all the while in contrast….the bridge states that “short people are just the same as you and I”….but Newman interprets the song to be about prejudice, as was widely thought, but added, “The guy…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles – Jazz Piece With His Original 1950s Band – With Brother Ray On Saxophone

In June 1952, Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’s contract for $2,500 (US $24,070 in 2019 dollars)….when in his first recording session for Atlantic….songs like “The Midnight Hour”and “Roll with My Baby” took place in September 1952….although his last Swing Time release of “Misery in My Heart”/”The Snow Is Falling” wouldn’t appear until February 1953. In 1953, “Mess…

Music – 1978 – Paul Simon + Charles Grodin – Bridge Over Troubled Water – Sung Live On Stage In NYC

“Bridge over Troubled Water“ is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel….which was produced by the duo and Roy Halee….as the song was released as the follow-up single to “The Boxer” in January 1970….while the song is featured on their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water in 1970. Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon….the song is performed on piano and…