Music – 1980 – Ludwig Van Beethoven – Ode To Joy – With Sights + Moments Of Lake Placid Olympics

“Ode to Joy“ is an ode (poem) written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller….and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza. “Ode to Joy” is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final (fourth) movement of…

Music – 1982 – Debbie Harry + Blondie Band – Accidents Never Happen In A Perfect World

Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein…..as the band were pioneers in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres….and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until…

Music – 1982 Cheap Trick – Unknown Song – Live In Concert In Chicago

Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois….which was formed in 1973….with a classic lineup consisting of vocalist Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson and drummer  Bun E. Carlos….who released their debut album in 1977….while first finding success in Japan with the release of its second album, In Color, later that year. The band would achieve mainstream popularity in the United States in…

Music – 1982 – Men At Work – Down Under

“Down Under“ is a song recorded by Australian rock band Men at Work….which was originally released in 1980 as the B-side to their first local single titled “Keypunch Operator”….as it was released before the band signed with Columbia Records….while both early songs were written by the group’s co-founders   Colin Hay and Ron Strykert….for the early version of “Down Under” has a slightly different tempo…

Music – 1981 – Bobby Womack – America The Beautiful – Sung At Heavywt Title Fight Of Ali Vs Berbick

Bobby Womack (March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer….who started out in the early 1960’s as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos….as well as being Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist….as Womack’s career spanned more than 60 years….with multiple styles that included R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop and gospel. Womack was…

Music – 1981 – Ray Benson + Asleep At The Wheel – Believe Me Lil Darlin’ I Dont Mind – With Willie Nelson

Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group that was formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia…..  while being based in Austin, Texas…..as the band has won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 inception….released over twenty albums….and has charted more than 21 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-charting single, “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read”, peaked at # 10…

Music – 1980 – Cast Of Aint Misbehaving – Aint Misbehaving – Performed On NBC Super Bowl XV Pregame

“Ain’t Misbehavin‘“ is a 1929 stride jazz / early swing song….as Andy Razaf wrote the lyrics to a score by Thomas “Fats” Waller and Harry Brooks for the Broadway musical comedy play Connie’s Hot Chocolates….which has a thirty-two-bar form at a slow-to-moderate tempo.….and as Waller said, the song was written while “lodging” in prison for an alimony violation….and that is why he was not misbehaving. The song was…

Music – 1980 – Ella Fitzgerald + Billy Taylor & All Star Orchestra – Take The A Train

“Take the ‘A’ Train“ is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn….which was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra….as the use of the Strayhorn composition as the signature tune was made necessary by a ruling in 1940 by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)….when ASCAP raised its licensing fees for broadcast use….after which many ASCAP members…. including Ellington….could no…

Music – 1979 – Take Me Out To The Ballgame – Put To Great Photos Of Fans At The Ballgames

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game“ is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer….which has become the official anthem of baseball all over the world….although neither of its authors had attended a game prior to writing the song….as the song’s chorus is traditionally sung during the middle of the seventh inning of a baseball game….which is…