Music – 1979 – Hoyt Axton – Joy To The World – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“Joy to the World“ is a song written by Hoyt Axton….which was made famous by the band Three Dog Night. The song is also popularly known by its opening lyric, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog“….as Three Dog Night originally released the song on their 4th studio album, Naturally, in November 1970….and subsequently released an edited version of the song as a single in…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Busted – Sung Live At Constitution Hall Concert

“Busted” is a song written by Harlan Howard in 1962…..which was recorded and first released by Johnny Cash (with the Carter Family) for Cash’s 1963 album Blood, Sweat and Tears.….with the first recording was by Burl Ives in 1962…..as it has subsequently been recorded by several notable artists including Ray Charles also in 1963 and Patty Loveless in 2009.  The song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling to…

Music – 1982 – Some Of Country Music Hottest Bands – Orange Blossom Special – Live Austin City Limit

The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about the passenger train of the same name….which was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938….with the original recording being created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939.  It is often called simply The Special…..and has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem…..and for that matter, country music’s national anthem. Rouse copyrighted the song before the Orange Blossom…

TV Ads – 1979 – Yellow Rose Gentlemen Club ATX + Nissan Cars + KTVV Ch 36 Austin + NBC Promo Dallas

Our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, went made Olympic fan history at the 1984 Los Angeles Games …..when he and his two friends attended a live event in EVERY sport (26) that was competed at the L A Games, which is a fan record that can never be broken…..and can ONLY be tied.  One of…

TV Ads – 1977 – Honda Motorcycles + Schick Razors + House Of Jeans Austin + Dog Stop Restaurants ATX

Honda is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Japan….and has been since it started production in 1955.  At its peak in 1982, Honda manufactured almost three million motorcycles annually…..but by 2006 this figure had reduced to around 550,000….which was still higher than its three domestic competitors. Schick is a brand of personal care and safety razors owned by Edgewell Personal Care. The company…

TV Ads – 1977 – Suzuki Motorcycles + Ultra Brite Toothpaste + Dog Stop Restaurants Of Austin

Right about the time that Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, was opening his sports bar in 1976 at 302 E.6th St. in Austin, Texas….two of his fraternity brothers at the University of Texas back in the late 1960’s….were also getting into the food and beverage industry….which was a hot dog / sandwich shop called “Dog…

TV Ads – 1977 – Memorex Audio Cassette Tapes + Schlitz Beer + AIM Toothpaste + Austin AquaRama

Memorex entered the consumer media business in 1971 and started the ad campaign, first with its “shattering glass” advertisements….and then with a series of famous television commercials that featured Ella Fitzgerald…..when in the commercials she would sing a note that shattered a glass while being recorded to a Memorex audio cassette…..then  The tape was played back and…

TV Ads – 1978 – Essex House NYC + Waverest Waterbeds + Lakehills Cinema Four ATX + T A Station Bar

This particular video features television commercials for one New York City hotel….Marriott’s Essex House….which is right next to Central Park in NYC…..and then there are ads for three Austin, Texas establishments…..Waverest Waterbeds….which started in Austin and spread across the Southwest….. which is followed by a commercial for Lakehills Cinema Four Theaters…..an upscale movie theater close…

TV Ads – 1978 – Honda Cars + Ultra Brite Toothpaste + Bill Munday Pontiac + Dog Stop Restaurants

Dog Stop Restaurants of Austin were owned by two of Bone Daddy’s (the original Sportsphile) fraternity brothers at the University of Texas back in the mid-to-late 1960’s and 1970’s…..as they started the business shortly after graduating from school.  The concept was very upscale as compared to Der Wienerschnitzel stands….as they were not only drive-thru hot…