Music – July 4th 1986 – Johnny Cash – Battle Hymn Of The Republic – Live At Lady Liberty Concert

The “Battle Hymn of the Republic“…..which is also known as “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory“ outside of the United States….is a lyric by the abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body”…..as Howe’s famous lyrics were written in November 1861….and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862.  The song links the…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Barry Manilow – America The Beautiful + One Voice – Sung At Liberty Weekend

“One Voice” is the title song of Barry Manilow’s sixth studio album….which was released in 1979….while being recorded at United Western Studios and Allen Zentz Recording in Hollywood. The album was a signature of a minor decline in Manilow’s success…..cuz it reached 2x platinum, not 3x platinum, as his past six albums did…..and the album only contained…

Music – July 4th 1986 – America The Beautiful – John Williams & The Boston Pops At Liberty Weekend With John Denver + Barry Manilow + Melissa Manchester + Joel Grey + Whitney Houston Et Al

“America the Beautiful“ is a very popular American patriotic song…..with lyrics that were written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey…..and interestingly enough….the two never met….as Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, “Pikes Peak“….which was first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Johnny Cash – That Ragged Old Flag – The Story Of The Stars And Stripes

Any way you cut the pie…..the video seen herewith is truly rare by any means…..as legendary country singer Johnny Cash performs the poem he wrote titled “That Old Rugged Flag” at the July 4, 1986 Lady Liberty Celebration in New York Harbor…..which is something that every “Red White and Blue American”  will simply love….for the words…

Music – July 4th 1986 – John Williams & The Boston Pops – Medley Of John Phillip Sousa March Songs

Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, served as an “officer and gentleman” three years in the U S Army from 1970 to 1973…..as a commander of the duty train (Army) that ran from Berlin to Frankfurt in Germany…..and as a member of the US Army Berlin Brigade….they were often required to get into “full dress uniform” and…

Music – 1986 – John Denver – America, The Dream Goes On – John Williams Composition Sung At Lady Liberty July 4th Concert In NYC Harbor

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist and humanitarian….whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer….for Denver began his music career with folk music groups during the late 1960’s…..then starting in the 1970’s, he became one of the most popular acoustic artists…

Music – 1986 – John Williams & The Boston Pops – USA Composers Salute – Foster + Kern + Berlin + Ellington + Rodgers + Hammerstein

Every so often, we get a video that is so good that we just have to watch it….and this one is definitely one of those….cuz the truth be known, we watched it twice…..but first of all you have to understand we at ImaSportsphile are “red-blooded Americans”….who just love our country….for there is no place else…

Music – 1986 – Melissa Manchester – Rhapsody In Blue + The Man I Love + Ive Got Rhythm + Summer Time

Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter and actress…. whose songs have been carried by adult contemporary radio stations since the 1970’s….that’s dang near 50 years folks….plus, she has appeared on television, in films, and on stage.  Melissa studied songwriting at New York University with Paul Simon…. and played the Manhattan club scene….where she was discovered by Barry Manilow….who introduced her to Bette Midler….and…

Music – 1986 – John Williams And Boston Pops – Stars & Stripes Forever + The Washington Post

At the Liberty Weekend Celebration in New York Harbor on July 4, 1986…..conductor John Williams And the Boston Pops Orchestra performs throughout the entire USA Independence Day celebration….with one particular segment that of the celebration that provides a rousing American feeling while performing two famous John Phillip Souza marches….The Stars and Stripes Forever and The Washington Post…