Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Special – Inside Look At Black Cloud Over Mario Andretti At Indy 500

Andy Granatelli was an American businessman….who was most prominent as the CEO of STP…..as well as a major figure in automobile racing events….who was finally rewarded with an Indianapolis 500 winner in 1969…..when after his innovative Lotus four-wheel drive car was destroyed in practice upon establishing itself as one of the most dominants cars to date….and his driver Mario Andretti….while …

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – The Race – With ABCs Jim Lampley + Sam Posey + Bobby Unser

The 71st Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, on Sunday May 24, 1987….when after dominating practice….qualifying….and most of the race….driving leader Mario Andretti slowed with mechanical problems with only 23 laps to go…..and a mere five laps later….Al Unser Sr. assumed the lead….and won his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory.  During the month of May, an unusually high 25…

Music – 1980 – The NBC Classical Chorus – A Ship Set To Sea In The Month Of May

Whenever a Monthy Python comedian….like Eric Idle….appeared on Saturday Night Live….the viewing audience was guaranteed to have a very serious skit….that was just funny as all heck….as evidenced by the NBC Classical Chorus skit where Eric Idle (Python) joins Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin and Bill Murray in singing the British round….“A Ship Set To Sea In The…

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 – 1982 – Ray Charles – Just Because You Are Near – Sung Live At Constitution Hall

Ray Charles had so many successful and popular recordings throughout his long and distinguished singing career which spanned the better part of 60 years from 1947 to 2004…..with dozens and dozens of hits along the way…..after having recorded literally 100’s and 100’s of songs that charted from 1956 to 1996….as Brother Ray possessed one of the most…

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 – 1982 – Quarterflash – Find Another Fool – Performed Live In Concert

It is rare to find a female who plays the saxophone really well….cuz here at ImaSportsphile….we have always thought of the sax as a male instrument….with the shape….and the sounds that come out of it…., they all just look and sound very male….I mean, just think about it….can you think of any great female sax…

Music – 1953 – Bob Hope + Rosemary Clooney – You’ve Got Class – From Movie Here Come The Girls

Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney starred in several movies together during the mid-1950’s…..including White Christmas in 1954…..which is still today an all time favorite holiday movie in 2019….and Here Come The Girls in 1955….so, they were song and dance partners from way back in the day.  In this video herewith….they sing a duet “You’ve Got Class” in a clip…

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…