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 – Ella Fitzgerald + Billy Taylor & All Star Orchestra – Take The A Train

“Take the ‘A’ Train“ is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn….which was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra….as the use of the Strayhorn composition as the signature tune was made necessary by a ruling in 1940 by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)….when ASCAP raised its licensing fees for broadcast use….after which many ASCAP members…. including Ellington….could no…

Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & His All Star Orchestra + Ella Fitzgerald – Sophisticated Lady

“Sophisticated Lady“ is a jazz standard which was composed as an instrumental in 1932 by Duke Ellington…..as additional credit is given to publisher Irving Mills….whose words were added to the song by Mitchell Parish….whereas the words met with approval from Ellington….who described them as “wonderful, but not entirely fitted to my original conception”. That original conception was inspired by three…

Music – 1956 – Ella Fitzgerald – Anything Goes – Put To Highlights Of Major League Baseball

“Anything Goes“ is a song written by Cole Porter for his 1934 musical Anything Goes….as many of the lyrics include humorous references to figures of scandal and gossip from Depression-era high society. One couplet refers to Samuel Goldwyn’s box-office failure Nana starring Anna Sten….whose English was said to be incomprehensible to all except Goldwyn….since Goldwyn was from Poland and Sten Ukraine).   Frank Sinatra recorded the song…

Music – 1980 – Kennedy Center Presents A Salute To Duke – With Sarah Vaughn + Ella Fitzgerald Et Al

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 fifty years.  Although Duke was born in Washington, D.C….he lived in New York City from the mid-1920’s until his death….while gaining a national profile through…