Music – 1953 – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Caravan – Playing Live At The Apollo Theater

“Caravan“ is an American jazz standard that was composed by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington….and first performed by Ellington in 1936….whereas Irving Mills wrote lyrics, but they are rarely sung. The exotic sound of “Caravan” interested exotica musicians such as Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman and Gordon Jenkins….of whom all covered it. Woody Allen used the song in two of his films, Alice and Sweet and Lowdown….whereas, Steven Soderbergh used the Lyman version in his 2001…

Music – 1986 – John Williams & The Boston Pops – USA Composers Salute – Foster + Kern + Berlin + Ellington + Rodgers + Hammerstein

Every so often, we get a video that is so good that we just have to watch it….and this one is definitely one of those….cuz the truth be known, we watched it twice…..but first of all you have to understand we at ImaSportsphile are “red-blooded Americans”….who just love our country….for there is no place else…

TV Ads – 1982 – USA Network Promo Of Upcoming Events In Sports + Music + Night Flight Music Credits

USA Network is currently an American pay television channel that is owned by the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group division of NBC Universal, a subsidiary of Comcast…..which was originally launched in 1977 as Madison Square Garden Sports Network….while being one of the first national sports cable television channels….then it was relaunched as USA Network in 1980.  Once a minor player in basic-tier pay television….which has steadily…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Grow Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

“I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart“ is a 1938 composition by Duke Ellington….with lyrics added by Irving Mills, Henry Nemo and John Redmond….as this song became a # 1 hit for Ellington in 1938….while other hit versions the same year were by Benny Goodman with Martha Tilton singing, Connee Boswell, Hot Lips Page, and Mildred Bailey. In this video seen herewith….legendary jazz singer…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)“ is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington….whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills….which is now accepted as a jazz standard…..as jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title”.  The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I’ve Got It Bad & That Ain’t Good – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

“I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)“ is a pop and jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster published in 1941….when it was introduced in the musical revue Jump for Joy by Ivie Anderson….who also provided the vocals for Duke Ellington and His Orchestra on the single Victor 27531.  The list of artists that have recorded this song goes well…

Music – 1980 – Drummer Max Roach & Billy Taylor All Star Orchestra – What Am I Here For

Max Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz drummer and composer….who was a bebop pioneer….as he worked in many other styles of music….and is widely considered to be one of the most important drummers in history….while having worked with many famous jazz musicians to include Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Eric…

Music – 1980 – Joe Williams – Those Who Are Lonely Too – At Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and leader of a jazz orchestra….which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than six decades.  Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1965….but no prize was ultimately awarded that year…..when at 66 years old, he joked that…