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 – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Rainbow Band – Mona Lisa – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“Mona Lisa“ is a popular song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film Captain Carey, U.S.A. in 1950….as the title and lyrics refer to the renaissance portrait Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci…..as the song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1950….while the Billboard sales charts of 1950 also showed significant sales on versions by Dennis Day, Victor Young with vocal by Don Cherry, Art Lund, Ralph Flanagan with vocal by Harry Prime, Charlie…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Oh What A Beautiful Morning – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’“ is the opening song from the musical Oklahoma!….which premiered on Broadway in 1943….after being written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II….man, Oscar and Hammerstein songs were played often by Bone Daddy on Granny Jean’s piano throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s….cuz he played them all, be it South Pacific, The Sound of Music,…

Music – 1982 – Down Home Country Music Special – Steve Wariner – I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me

Steve Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist…..who started out as a backing musician for Dottie West…..while also working with Bob Luman and Chet Atkins before beginning a solo career in the late 1970’s. He has released eighteen studio albums for multiple labels….which included the Nashville divisions of RCA, MCA, Arista and Capitol Records….along with his own SelecTone label….as he charted more 50+ singles on the Billboard Hot…

Music – 1981 – Ray Benson + Willie Nelson – After You’ve Gone Away – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

In 1981, legendary musicians Willie Nelson and Johnny Gimble join Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel on Austin City Limits for a musical tribute to legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhart….as they perform an all time favorite “After You’ve Gone Away”…..which is seen in this video herewith….for this video is truly a “rare jewel” in our ImaSportsphile treasure chest…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – I Cant Stop Loving You – Performed Live On Stage AT Austin City Limits

“I Can’t Stop Loving You“ is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson….who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records….which was released in 1958 as the B-side of “Oh, Lonesome Me”….and thus becoming a double-sided country hit  single….whereas aAt the time of Gibson’s death in 2003…..the song had been recorded by more than 700…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Born To Lose – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

Ted Daffan (September 21, 1912 – October 6, 1996) was an American country musician noted for composing the seminal “Truck Driver’s Blues”….along with two often covered country anthems of unrequited love, “Born to Lose” and “I’m a Fool to Care”….when in the 1930’s Western Swing bandleader  Milton Brown convinced Daffan to start performing….and soon there after he scored his first success as a…

Music – 1981 – Ray Benson + Asleep At The Wheel – I Found A New Baby – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“I Found a New Baby“ is a popular song written by Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams….which was introduced by Clarence Williams’ Blue Five in 1926….with popular recorded versions in the same year by Ted Lewis and by Ethel Waters….and has since been recorded by many artists…. which has made it a popular jazz standard…as Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1945….and Bobby Darin included the song in his album Winners in 1960….while “I’ve…

Music – 1979 – Ray Charles – Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

After being born and raised in Texas….that makes us just a “tab bit” more fond of anything and all things doing with The Lone Star State….especially when the iconic song “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” is being performed…..especially when it is performed by the likes and genius of Ray Charles….the undisputed  king of blues, soul, r…