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…

Music – 1980 – Chuck Mangione – Give It All You Got – Theme Of The Lake Placid Winter Olympics

In the late 1960’s, Chuck Mangione was a member of the band The National Gallery….which in 1968 released the album Performing Musical Interpretations of the Paintings of Paul Klee….while also serving as director of the Eastman jazz ensemble from 1968 to 1972.  In 1970, he returned to recording with the album Friends and Love….which was recorded in concert with the Rochester…

Music – 1980 – Beto Y Los Fairlanes – El Fabuloso + Fiddling – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

Beto y Los Fairlanes, now more commonly known as Beto and the Fairlanes, is a worldbeat, latin pop, jazz and salsa band from Austin, Texas….which was founded in the late 1970’s by Robert “Beto” Skiles….as the band came out of the prolific 1970’s Austin music scene….when in their early career, the band played at such legendary Austin venues like the Armadillo World Headquarters, Liberty Lunch and…

Music – 1981 – Broadway Cast Aint Misbehaving – This Town Is Really Jumping + Hilites Super Bowl XV

This video seen herewith was part of NBC’s pregame telecast of Super Bowl XV…..as the Philadelphia Eagles took on the “Bad Boys” from Oakland….for we at ImaSportsphile are part of Raider Nation….as the game was played on January 25, 1981 at the New Orleans Superdome in the Bayou City….cuz this event carries fond memories of when our Bone Daddy,…

Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & His All Star Orchestra + Ella Fitzgerald – Sophisticated Lady

“Sophisticated Lady“ is a jazz standard which was composed as an instrumental in 1932 by Duke Ellington…..as additional credit is given to publisher Irving Mills….whose words were added to the song by Mitchell Parish….whereas the words met with approval from Ellington….who described them as “wonderful, but not entirely fitted to my original conception”. That original conception was inspired by three…

Music – 1989 – The 3Ds – Watching All Night Television – Sung Live On Stage In New York City

The 3Ds were a noise pop band based from Dunedin, New Zealand….who were together from 1978 to 1997…..as they recorded three albums and several EP’s….with the best known of which is The Venus Trail in 1993. They achieved commercial and critical success worldwide in the period between 1993 and 1995. The band was formed in May 1988 by Dominic Stones, Denise…

Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & Orchestra – Caravan – Live On Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

“Caravan“ is an American jazz standard that was composed by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington….and first performed by Ellington in 1936….as Irving Mills wrote lyrics….but they are rarely sung. The exotic sound of “Caravan” interested exotica musicians….as Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, and Gordon Jenkins all covered it…..plus, Woody Allen used the song in two of his films….Alice and Sweet and Lowdown…..while  Steven Soderbergh used the Lyman version in his 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven. The…

Music – 1979 – Manhattan Transfer – Eldorado Cadillac Sings Diddlie Diddlie Diddlie Wamp

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that performed a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s with wide popularity. There have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser….who is Eldorado Cadillac in this video herewith….as the only person…