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 – 1984 – The Showband Of The Southwest – It Dont Mean A Thing + Stars And Stripes Forever

As seen in this video herewith…..the University of Texas Longhorn Band performs at halftime of a 1984 SWC home football game between the Texas Longhorns and the SMU Mustangs on October 27,1984….as the Showband of the Southwest performs some wonderful marching maneuvers and complicated geometrical configurations…..while playing a delightful rendition of Duke Ellington’s famous song It Don’t Mean…

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 – 1981 – Tal Farrow + Red Mitchel + Cedar Walton – Jazz Trio Medley Of Songs

Tal Farlow (June 7, 1921 – July 25, 1998) was an American jazz guitarist….who was nicknamed “Octopus” because of how his large, quick hands spread over the fretboard….as Steve Rochinski notes, “Of all the guitarists to emerge in the first generation after Charlie Christian, Tal Farlow, more than any other, has been able to move beyond the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Blues Eyes Crying In The Rain – Live On ACL Stage

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain“ is a song written by songwriter Fred Rose….while being originally performed by Roy Acuff….as the song has been covered by many artists including Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Russell, and Charley Pride….and most notably, the song was recorded by Willie Nelson as part of his 1975 album Red Headed Stranger….when both the song and album became iconic in country…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – All Of Me – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“All of Me“ is a popular song and jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931….. which has an ABAC structure….and is written in the key of B-flat major…..with a 20-bar introductory verse, but this is routinely omitted…..and it has often been said that the melody combines the contradictory possibilities of the song….with the downward thrusts of the opening phrases which…

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 – 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 – 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,…