Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & His Orchestra – C Jam Blues – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

“C Jam Blues”“ is a jazz standard composed in 1942 by Duke Ellington….and performed by countless other musicians such as Dave Grusin, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Peterson, and Charles Mingus….and as the title suggests….the piece follows a twelve-bar blues form in the key of C major….as the tune is well known for being extremely easy to play….with the entire melody featuring only two notes….G and C. A performance typically…

Music – 1979 – Farren Young – Cold Cold Heart – Performed Live On Stage At Tribute To Hank Williams

“Cold, Cold Heart“ is a country music and pop song recorded by Hank Williams….as a blues ballad is both a classic of honky-tonk….and an entry in the Great American Songbook. The song would become a pop hit for Tony Bennett….which paved the way for country songs to make inroads into the lucrative pop market.  In the liner notes to the 1990 Polygram compilation Hank Williams: The Original Single…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles & His Original 50s Band – Ive Got A Woman + I Believe + Hit The Road Jack

“Hit the Road Jack“ is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield….which was first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe…..but it became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix….and eventually became one of Charles’ signature songs. Charles’s recording hit # 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100….as “Hit the…

Music – 1978 – Roy Clark + Gatemouth Brown – One OClock Jump – Performed Live On Austin City Limits

“One O’Clock Jump“ is a jazz standard, a 12-bar blues instrumental….which was written by Count Basie in 1937….as the melody derived from band members’ riffs….as Basie rarely wrote down musical ideas….so  Eddie Durham and Buster Smith helped him crystallize his ideas. The original 1937 recording of the tune by Basie and his band is noted for the saxophone work of Herschel Evans and Lester Young….with  trumpet by Buck…

Music – 1978 – Johnny Gimble + The Texas Swing Pioneers – Truck Drivers Blues – Played Live At ACL

Truck-driving Country is a subgenre of country and western music….which is characterised by lyrical content about trucks and truck drivers (truckers)….i.e. commercial vehicles, not pick-up trucks….and the trucking industry experience….which would include, for example, references to truck stops, CB (Citizens Band) radio, geography, drugs, teamsters, roads, weather, fuel, law enforcement, loads, traffic, ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission), contraband, DOT (Department of Transportation) and accidents,…

Music – 1979 – Art Garfunkel – Crying In My Sleep Sung Live On Stage In New York City

“Crying in My Sleep“ was the second single released from Squeeze‘s ninth album, Play….while in the U.S….it was released only as a single-track, promotional CD….which reached # 14 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.  Squeeze are a British rock band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the new wave period of the late 1970’s….who continued recording in the 1980’s and 1990’s. In the…

Music – 1978 – The Blues Brothers – Doin My Best To Get Back To You – Sung Live On Stage In NYC

The words say it all……ENJOY! Caught a ride into South Dakota With two girls in a light blue Desoto One’s name was Jane, the other was plain But they both had racing motors Next I caught a ride with a gamblers wife She had a brand new lay down Rambler She parked inside of town,…

Music – 1978 – Muddy Waters – Im A Man – Performed Live With The Band At The Last Waltz Concert

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913  – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician…..who is often cited as the “father of modern Chicago blues“….as he was an important figure on the post-war blues scene….whereby his style of playing has been described as “raining down Delta beatitude”. Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi….who by age 17 was playing…

Music – 1950 – Hank Williams – Why Don’t You Love Me – From The TV Special Tribute To Hank Williams

“Why Don’t You Love Me“ is a song by American singer / songwriter Hank Williams….as the song reached # 1 on the U.S. Country & Western chart….which was released as a single in 1950 with the B-side being “A House Without Love”. Like his previous hits “You’re Gonna Change (Or I’m Gonna Leave)” and “I Just Don’t…