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…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That 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…

Music – 1982 – Down Home Country Music Special – Steve Wariner – I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me

Steve Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist…..who started out as a backing musician for Dottie West…..while also working with Bob Luman and Chet Atkins before beginning a solo career in the late 1970’s. He has released eighteen studio albums for multiple labels….which included the Nashville divisions of RCA, MCA, Arista and Capitol Records….along with his own SelecTone label….as he charted more 50+ singles on the Billboard Hot…

Music – 1981 – Ray Benson + Willie Nelson – After You’ve Gone Away – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

In 1981, legendary musicians Willie Nelson and Johnny Gimble join Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel on Austin City Limits for a musical tribute to legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhart….as they perform an all time favorite “After You’ve Gone Away”…..which is seen in this video herewith….for this video is truly a “rare jewel” in our ImaSportsphile treasure chest…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – I Cant Stop Loving You – Performed Live On Stage AT Austin City Limits

“I Can’t Stop Loving You“ is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson….who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records….which was released in 1958 as the B-side of “Oh, Lonesome Me”….and thus becoming a double-sided country hit  single….whereas aAt the time of Gibson’s death in 2003…..the song had been recorded by more than 700…

Music – 1980 – Star Spangled Banner – At Lake Placid Olympics Mens Hockey USA Gold Medal Ceremony

The “Miracle on Ice“ was a medal-round game during the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York….which was played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games….and were the favorites to win once more in…