Music – 1978 – Master Guitarist Chet Atkins – Autumn Leaves – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

“Autumn Leaves“ is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Joseph Kosma with original lyrics by Jacques Prévert in French, and later by Johnny Mercer in English. An instrumental version by pianist Roger Williams was a # 1 best-seller in the USA Billboard charts of 1955. Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “Mr. Guitar“ and “The Country Gentleman“, was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record…

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 – Oh What A Beautiful Mornin – Sung Live At Constitutional Hall Wash D C

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’“ is the opening song from the musical Oklahoma!….which premiered on Broadway in 1943….and was written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The leading male character in Oklahoma!, Curly McLain, sings the song at the beginning of the first scene of the musical. The refrain runs: “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! / Oh,…

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…

Music – 1978 – Johnny Rodriquez + Willie Nelson – Jambalaya – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

The pride and joy of the Austin Music Scene rests in the heart and soul of “favorite son” Willie Nelson…. so, every piece of video that we have of Shotgun Willie is nothing but “Pure Gold” to us here at ImaSportsphile….for Willie has serenaded music lovers in Austin, Texas for the better part of 60+ years…. and when you went…

Music – 1987 – Jim Nabors – Back Home Again In Indiana – Performed At Start Of The 1987 Indy 500

Who would have ever thought that the popular “Southern country bumpkin” television personality Gomer Pyle….who was the naive….which was merely due to his pure, uncorrupted and non-degenerate mind….and extremely moral auto mechanic turned United States Marine Corps PFC, from Mayberry, North Carolina…. who  provided comic relief while being awestruck by the simplest of things….which resulted in the exclamation of his catchphrases, “Shazam!”, “Golly”,…

TV Ads – 1979 – Candlelite Music Presents – Bright Lights And Country Music – A Collection Of Honky Tonk Favorites

Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s there were all kinds of tv commercials for products like Time Life Music collection….Ronco Vegematics Chopping Systems…..Wham-O Products…..and Candlelite Music’s Bright Lights and Country Music Collection…..that were simply not sold in retail stores….but rather ONLY through tv offers and 1-800 phone numbers….as evidenced by this video herewith….where Candlelite Music offers to…

Music – 1980 – Marty Robbins – El Paso – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“El Paso“ is a country and western ballad….which was written and originally recorded by Marty Robbins….and first released on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in September 1959…..then It was released as a single the following month….and became a major hit on both the country and pop music charts….after reaching # 1 in both….at the start of 1960. …after which It won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western…

Music – 1982 – Country Music Hottest Bands – Orange Blossom Special – Live At Austin City Limits

Now folks…..there may not be another piece of video that embodies more great country music fiddlers that what you have here…..as there’s Mel Tillis with his triple fiddles band….with Charlie Daniels and his band….then there’s Earl Scruggs and his Review Band….when all of a sudden there’s the fiddling legend Johnny Gimble…..and when you top that…