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…

Music – 1978 – Johnny Gimble + The Texas Swing Pioneers – Bells Of St Mary – With Smokey Montgomery

“The Bells of St. Mary’s“ is a 1917 popular song…..with the music being written by A. Emmett Adams…and the lyrics by Douglas Furber….after a visit to St. Mary’s Church, Southampton, England.  It was published by the London company Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew…..as the song was revived in 1945 in the film of the same name….while being sung by Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Due to the inclusion in the…

Music – 1978 – Roy Clark + Gatemouth Brown – One OClock Jump – Performed Live On Austin City Limits

“One O’Clock Jump“ is a jazz standard, a 12-bar blues instrumental….which was written by Count Basie in 1937….as the melody derived from band members’ riffs….as Basie rarely wrote down musical ideas….so  Eddie Durham and Buster Smith helped him crystallize his ideas. The original 1937 recording of the tune by Basie and his band is noted for the saxophone work of Herschel Evans and Lester Young….with  trumpet by Buck…

Music – 1978 – Paul Simon – You’re Kind – Sung Live On Stage In New York City

During his distinguished career….Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards….which includes 12 Grammy Awards….while three of which….“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland”….were albums of the year.  In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon…

Music – 1979 – Andy Williams – The Days Of Wine And Roses – By Impersonator Bob Anderson

“Days of Wine and Roses“ is a popular song from the 1962 movie of the same name…..which was written by Henry Mancini….with lyrics by Johnny Mercer….as they received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for their work….as well as the 1964 Grammy Award for Best Song of the Year.  In 2004 the song finished at # 39 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in…

Music – 1979 – Stephen Frumholtz – Everybody Goin’ On The Road + Dear Darcie – Live On Austin City Limits

Steven Fromholz (June 8, 1945 – January 19, 2014) was an American entertainer, singer-songwriter ….who was selected as the Poet Laureate of Texas for 2007…..as Fromholz was born in Temple, Texas….and attended the University of North Texas….where he was president of the Folk Music Club. Fromholz began performing while he was serving in the United States Navy during the 1960’s….which after leaving, he…

Music – 1978 – Johnny Gimble + The Texas Swing Pioneers – Truck Drivers Blues – Played Live At ACL

Truck-driving Country is a subgenre of country and western music….which is characterised by lyrical content about trucks and truck drivers (truckers)….i.e. commercial vehicles, not pick-up trucks….and the trucking industry experience….which would include, for example, references to truck stops, CB (Citizens Band) radio, geography, drugs, teamsters, roads, weather, fuel, law enforcement, loads, traffic, ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission), contraband, DOT (Department of Transportation) and accidents,…