Music – July 4th 1986 – America The Beautiful – John Williams & The Boston Pops At Liberty Weekend With John Denver + Barry Manilow + Melissa Manchester + Joel Grey + Whitney Houston Et Al

“America the Beautiful“ is a very popular American patriotic song…..with lyrics that were written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey…..and interestingly enough….the two never met….as Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, “Pikes Peak“….which was first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church…

Music – 1986 – Melissa Manchester – Rhapsody In Blue + The Man I Love + Ive Got Rhythm + Summer Time

Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter and actress…. whose songs have been carried by adult contemporary radio stations since the 1970’s….that’s dang near 50 years folks….plus, she has appeared on television, in films, and on stage.  Melissa studied songwriting at New York University with Paul Simon…. and played the Manhattan club scene….where she was discovered by Barry Manilow….who introduced her to Bette Midler….and…

TV Ads – 1977 – Memorex Audio Cassette Tapes + Schlitz Beer + AIM Toothpaste + Austin AquaRama

Memorex entered the consumer media business in 1971 and started the ad campaign, first with its “shattering glass” advertisements….and then with a series of famous television commercials that featured Ella Fitzgerald…..when in the commercials she would sing a note that shattered a glass while being recorded to a Memorex audio cassette…..then  The tape was played back and…

TV Ads – 1979 – MiniSeries The Thorn Birds + Memorex Audio Cassette Tapes + Cheer Laundry Detergent

Melissa Manchester ain’t no Ella Fitzgerald…..as we at ImaSportsphile don’t think she can break a crystal glass with one of her high notes…..whereas, we are pretty dang sure that Ella can….and when you think of Memorex tv ads….you think of Ella Fitzgerald.   The Thorn Birds is an American television miniseries broadcast on ABC from March 27 to 30, 1983….which starred Richard…

Music – 1986 – July 4th Liberty Weekend In New York Harbor – With John Williams + The Boston Pops Orchestra

DOG COMMENTARY:    Liberty Weekend was a four-day celebration of the 1984 restoration and the centenary of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) in New York City….as It began on July 3 and ended on July 6, 1986.   On the morning of July 4, 1986 the battleships and sailing ships of old took part in a naval revue…