Music – 1984 – All America Olympic Band + Chorus – The Olympic Anthem As Olympic Flag Is Taken Down

The Olympic Hymn is also known informally as the Olympic Anthem….is a choral cantata by opera  composer Spyridon Samaras….with lyrics by Greek poet Kostis Palamas…..as both poet and composer were the choice of the Greek Demetrius Vikelas….who was the first President of the International Olympic Committee. The anthem was performed for the first time for the ceremony of opening of the first edition at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece…..when in…

Music – 1984 – John Williams Boston Pops – Beethoven Ode To Joy – Highlights Of The L A Olympics

For a Sportsphile, there is nothing more magical than a really great piece of music put to highlights of really outstanding athletic endeavors….for this combination of music and sport is truly a match made in Heaven….so, when a Sportsphile gets to watch a video clip like this one….where legendary ABC Olympic  sportscaster Jim McKay introduces…

Music – 1984 – 800 Strong All American Olympic Band – Olympic Fanfare – Closing Ceremonies Of L A Games

We have told many stories of our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile….and his incredible Olympics adventure at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games…..when he and two of his close friends set an Olympic fan record that can NEVER be beaten….ONLY TIED….when Los Tres Amigos from Texas saw a live competition of EVERY SPORT that was competed for…

Music – 1983 – Steve Martin Presents The American String Quarter – Bartok Concerto For Orchestra

Steve Martin is not only legendary for his comic genius…..but remarkable in his musical talent as a songwriter and musician….with special talents on the banjo…..and we at ImaSportsphile are totally fortunate to have so many videos in our Steve Martin section….especially the ones that include his comedy and his musical talent….like the one seen herewith…..as The…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Piano Instrumental – Featuring Classical + Jazz + Blues + Country

It is really rare to find a piano instrumental played by Ray Charles in any of his concerts or music videos….for Brother Ray was truly a virtuoso of the keyboard….as The Genius could really “tickle the ivories”….as evidenced by the video seen herewith….when Charles was performing on stage at Austin City Limits….with a mixed medley of classical, blues, jazz and country….and…

Music – 1980 – The NBC Classical Chorus – A Ship Set To Sea In The Month Of May

We have an incredible amount of video footage from well over 100 Saturday Night Live episodes from the mid-1970’s to the late 1980’s here at ImaSportsphile in our wonderful video library…..which amounts to about 150 hours of SNL content…..from comedy skits….to musical guest…..to weekend update news…..to Gary Weiss films….to Mr. Bill episodes…..and more….and albeit is difficult to…

Music – 1977 – Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake – With Dance Interpretation By Modern Dancers + Ballerinas

Swan Lake is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76…..which despite its initial failure, has now one of the most popular ballets of all time…..as the scenario, initially in two acts, was fashioned from Russian and German folk tales….and tells the story of Odette…..who was a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The choreographer of…

Music – 1980 – Ludwig Van Beethoven – Ode To Joy – With Sights + Moments Of Lake Placid Olympics

“Ode to Joy“ is an ode (poem) written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller….and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza. “Ode to Joy” is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final (fourth) movement of…

Music – 1936 – The Olympic Overture – Set To Hilites Of Mens Springboard Diving + March Of The Flags

The 1936 Summer Olympics was officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad….which was an international multi-sport event held in 1936 in Berlin, Nazi Germany.  Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain, on April 26, 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona. It marked the second and final time the International Olympic Committee gathered to vote in a city that was bidding to…