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 – Indianapolis Opera Star John Davies – Back Home In Indiana – At Start Of The Indy 500

“Back Home Again In Indiana” is a song composed by James F. Hanley with lyrics by Ballard MacDonald….which was published in January 1917….and although “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away” is the state song of Indiana….it is perhaps the best-known song that pays tribute to the Hoosier  state. Since 1946, “Back Home Again in Indiana” has been performed during pre-race ceremonies before the Indianapolis 500…..and…

Music – 1984 – God Save The Queen – At Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal Ceremony Of GBR Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson is an English former decathlete…..who won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 and in Los Angeles in 1984…..while breaking the world record for the event on four different occasions…..and with four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth  titles and wins in the World and European Championships, Thompson is considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – USA Valerie Briscoe Hooks Gold Medal Ceremony Women 400m

Valerie Brisco-Hooks was an Olympic track and field athlete at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics….where  she became only the 2nd American woman, after Wilma Rudolph, to win three gold medals in track….and becoming the first Olympian (female or male) to win gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter races at a single Olympics. Our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was at…

Music – 1984 – The Republic Of South Korea National Anthem – L A Olympics Closing Ceremony

“Aegukga“ (“Love Country Song”), often translated as “The Patriotic Song“, is the national anthem of South Korea….which was adopted in 1948….when the country was founded….as its music was composed in the 1930’s….with its lyrics dating back to the 1890’s.  The lyrics of “Aegukga” were originally set to the music of the Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne” before Ahn Eak-tai composed a…

Music – 1984 – Yugoslavia National Anthem – Olympic Medal Ceremony For Mens Water Polo Gold Medal

“Hey, Slavs“ is a patriotic song dedicated to the Slavic peoples ….which was used as the national anthem of various countries during the 20th century….as its lyrics were first written in 1834 under the title “Hey, Slovaks“ (“Hej, Slováci”) by Samuel Tomášik….and it has since served as the ethnic anthem of the Pan-Slavic movement….organizational anthem of the Sokol physical education and political movement….and…

Music – 1984 – The Star Spangled Banner – Equestrian Gold Medal For USA Joe Fargis & Touch Of Class

Before the 1982 World Championships, the American equestrian team went to Hickstead….as a warm-up for the event….when Joe Fargis had a fall that broke his leg….and he was sidelined for much of the rest of the year….but by fall 1982, Fargis was competing again….while riding the mare Touch of Class….while winning classes at Pennsylvania National,…

Music – 1984 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – USA Medal Winners At Sarajevo Olympics Hilights

“America the Beautiful“ is a patriotic song…..with the lyrics having been 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….as the two never met. At various times in the more than 100 years that have elapsed since the song was written….and particularly during the John F. Kennedy administration…..there have…

Music – 1984 – The Showband Of The Southwest – It Dont Mean A Thing + Stars And Stripes Forever

As seen in this video herewith…..the University of Texas Longhorn Band performs at halftime of a 1984 SWC home football game between the Texas Longhorns and the SMU Mustangs on October 27,1984….as the Showband of the Southwest performs some wonderful marching maneuvers and complicated geometrical configurations…..while playing a delightful rendition of Duke Ellington’s famous song It Don’t Mean…