Music – 1982 – Some Of Country Music Hottest Bands – Orange Blossom Special – On Austin City Limits

In 1982, Austin City Limits aired a program called The Best Of Austin City Limits….which features the country fiddler’s national anthem of The Orange Blossom Special…..which featured an array of some of country’s hottest band playing the iconic fiddler’s song….as the bands include The Charlie Daniels Band  with Charlie on fiddle….The Mel Tillis Band features his three fiddlers….The Earl…

Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – My Heart Wont Let My Love For You Change + I Wanna Go Stateside

There comes a time while posting videos here at ImaSportsphile where I run out of reference material from which to write about….especially if the “star of the video” is someone who has a large number of videos posted in the library….and it turns out that singer / songwriter Mel Tillis is one of those folks.  So,…

Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – I Got The Hoss – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“I Got the Hoss“ is a song written by Gerald House….which was recorded by American country music artist Mel Tillis…..and was released in August 1977….as the first single from the album Love’s Troubled Waters….while the song reached # 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.  As seen in this video herewith….Mel Tillis sings “I Got the Hoss” with…

Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – Stay A Little Longer – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Stay a Little Longer” is a Western swing dance tune written by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan….as the title comes from a refrain in the chorus: Stay all night, stay a little longer, Dance all night, dance a little longer, Pull off your coat, throw it in the corner, Don’t see why you can’t stay a little longer. The…

Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – Ruby Dont Take Your Love To Town – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

After leaving the Air Force in 1955….Mel Tillis returned to Florida where he worked a number of odd jobs….and eventually finding employment with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Tampa, Florida….when he used his railroad pass to visit Nashville….and eventually met and auditioned for Wesley Rose of the famous Nashville publishing house Acuff-Rose Music….where Hank Williams resided whilte writing and…

Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – Orange Blossom Special – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about the passenger train of the same name….and was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938…..as the original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939…..and is often simply called The Special…..while being referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem….with the lyrics of the first verse being very reminiscent of the Jimmie Rodgers song “Freight Whistle Blues”. Johnny…

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 – 1979 – Mel Tillis Medley – I Ain’t Never + I’ll Sign The Papers + I Wanna Go Stateside + I Love Just The Same

Mel Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter….and although he recorded songs since the late 1950’s….his biggest success occurred in the 1970’s….with a long list of Top 10 hits.  Tillis eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and began writing songs full-time….after which he wrote “I’m Tired”, a # 3 country hit for Webb Pierce in 1957…..and “Honky Tonk…

Music – 1982 – Some Of Country Music Hottest Bands – Orange Blossom Special – Live Austin City Limit

The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special” is about the passenger train of the same name….which was written by Ervin T. Rouse in 1938….with the original recording being created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939.  It is often called simply The Special…..and has been referred to as the fiddle player’s national anthem…..and for that matter, country music’s national anthem. Rouse copyrighted the song before the Orange Blossom…