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…

Boxing – 1989 – Jim Lampley + Sugar Ray Leonard + Larry Merchant PreFight Show For Tyson Vs Bruno

After the long time HBO Boxing broadcasting team of Barry Tompkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Larry Merchant broke-up in late 1987 due to the departure of Barry Tompkins….HBO turned the host reigns that Tompkins held over the years to highly experienced ABC sportscaster Jim Lampley….who seamlessly joined Sugar and Larry to bring HBO Boxing events…

Boxing – 1989 – Larry Merchant Interviews Prior Mike Tyson Trainer Kevin Rooney After Iron Mike Win

Kevin Rooney is an American former boxer and a current boxing trainer…..who was portrayed by Clark Gregg in the 1995 movie Tyson….and by Aaron Eckhart in the 2016 movie Bleed for This….simply because he had trained world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson from the start of his professional career in 1985 until Tyson’s bout with Michael Spinks in 1988. During the period when Rooney was Tyson’s trainer….Tyson had a record…

Boxing – 1981 – 15 Rnd WBC Heavywt Title Fight – Trevor Berbick Vs Larry Holmes – With HBO Broadcast

Trevor Berbick was a Jamaican Canadian heavyweight professional boxer…..who competed from 1976 to 2000….and won the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 by defeating Pinklon Thomas….then he lost it in his first defense in the same year to Mike Tyson…..and was also the last boxer to fight Muhammad Ali…. defeating him in 1981…..when The Greatest was sadly way past his prime. Larry Holmes is an American former professional heavyweight…

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

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

Boxing – 1982 – Larry Merchant Interviews Aaron Pryor After Retaining Title Against Alexis Arguello

Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor simply destroyed one of the greatest featherweight boxers of all time…..when he KO’d Alexis Arguello in the 10th round of their 2nd fight at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas….as it is our opinion here at ImaSportsphile that Aaron Pryor was the greatest Light Welterwt Champion of all time….who has been forgotten by fight…

Boxing – 1982 – Jr Welterwt Title Fight – Alexis Arguello Vs Aaron Pryor – Fight 1 – Rnds 13 + 14

The Battle of the Champions was the term used by promoter Bob Arum regarding the junior welterweight boxing title fight between Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Argüello on November 12, 1982….. as Arguello had previously won three boxing titles including the Featherweight title….the Junior Lightweight title….and the Lightweight title…..and he hoped to become the first boxer ever to win world titles in four divisions by…

Comedy – 1981 – Red Skelton Live – Stand Up Routine – On Things That Always Seem To Happen

The truly great comedians can all find humor and a good laugh from the simplest of things in every day life….for the great ones don’t need a big punch line to a funny joke….or the expression of a human frailty to get a good laugh….cuz truly funny people like America’s Clown Prince can simply state that they…

Comedy – 1981 – Red Skelton Live – A VerbaMime On How To Dunk Donuts

In this wonderful video…..the master of comedic mime, Red Skelton….explains the differences between a mime….a pantomime….and a verbomime….as he performs a verbomime on how to dunk a donut during his 1981 HBO comedy special….which provides another example of just how funny and talented America’s Clown Prince really was.