Music – 1981 – Michael Murphey & The Great American Honky Tonk Band – Hard Country – Live At ACL

Hard Country is the ninth album by American singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey….and his first soundtrack album for the 1981 film Hard Country starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger…..as Murphey wrote, produced and sang six songs for the film to include “Cowboy Cadillac”, “Hard Country”, “Hard Partyin’ Country Darlin’”,  “Cosmic Cowboy/Cowboy Breakdown”,  “Break My Mind”and “Take It As It Comes”….as he was joined on the album…

Music – 1982 – The Stripper – Put To Credits Of The HBO Special By The Same Name – With Gwen Verdon

“The Stripper“ is an instrumental composed by David Rose….which was recorded in 1958….and released four years later….as it evinces a jazz influence with especially prominent trombone slides….while evoking the feel of music used to accompany striptease artists. “The Stripper” reached # 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart in July, 1962…..which became a gold record….as  Billboard ranked the record as the # 5 song of 1962….as the tune came into prominence by…

Music – 1980 – The Blues Brothers – Jail House Rock – Sung At End Of Their Movie Review Of Actors

“Jailhouse Rock“ is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller….which became a hit for Elvis Presley…..after his RCA Victor release of the song on a 45 rpm single in 1957….as the song had a film release for Presley’s motion picture under the same name, Jailhouse Rock. Rolling Stone magazine included it at # 67 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Rainbow Band – Over The Rainbow – Performed Live At ACL

“Over the Rainbow“ is a ballad composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg.….which was written for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz….and was sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy Gale…..which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song….while becoming Garland’s signature song ….as the song has been covered by many artist over the years.  In this video seen herewith….Willie Nelson and The…

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 – 1979 – Rich Little – It Is Fun To Walk Talk Sing Dance And Act Like Celebrities

One of Rich Little’s best-known impressions is of US President Richard Nixon….while providing the voice of Tricky Dick reprising in 1991 the role of Nixon as ideal sperm donor in Gina’s fantasies on the soap opera Santa Barbara….as during the 1970’s, Little made many television appearances portraying Nixon. He was also a regular guest on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts in…

Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – Coca Cola Cowboy – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Coca-Cola Cowboy“ is a song written by Steve Dorff, Sandy Pinkard, Sam Atchley and Bud Dain….and recorded by American country music artist Mel Tillis…..as seen performed live on stage at Austin City Limits in this video herewith….as it was released in June 1979 as the first single from Tillis’s album Mr. Entertainer. The song was featured in the…

Music – 1980 – Chuck Mangione – Give It All You Got – Theme Of The Lake Placid Winter Olympics

In the late 1960’s, Chuck Mangione was a member of the band The National Gallery….which in 1968 released the album Performing Musical Interpretations of the Paintings of Paul Klee….while also serving as director of the Eastman jazz ensemble from 1968 to 1972.  In 1970, he returned to recording with the album Friends and Love….which was recorded in concert with the Rochester…

Music – 1979 – Judy Garland – Battle Hymn Of The Republic + Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Sung By Female Impersonator Craig Russell

Rich Little is a Canadian-American impressionist and voice actor…..who has been nicknamed “The Man of a Thousand Voices”…..and was extremely popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s…..during which time he hosted many hour long television specials….as well as special events covered by the networks….where Little would showcase many of the best impressionists and impersonators that were around at the time….. which…