Music – 1986 – Simon Estes + Clamma Dale – Bess You Is My Woman Now – Song From Porgy + Bess Musical

Clamma Dale is an American operatic soprano…..who is best known for portraying “Bess” in the highly successful 1976 Houston Grand Opera production of Porgy and Bess…..resulting in the show being transferred from Houston to Broadway…..whereby Dale was awarded a Drama Desk Award….in addition to receiving a Tony Award nomination.   Simon Estes is an operatic bass-baritone….who had a major international opera career beginning in the 1960’s….as he has…

Music – 1987 – Phil Collins – Interview + Introduction To His 1987 Live Concert

The many musical talents of Phil Collins were overshadowed by the talents of Peter Gabriel during his lengthy tenure with the band Genesis….but any time there are two really great talents in any band…. kinda like Lennon & McCartney, Jagger & Richards, Daltry & Townsend, Plant & Page, Henley & Frey, Robertson & Helm, Nicks & Fleetwood…

Music – 1988 – Meet Me In St Louie, Louie – Performed At Halftime Of The 54th Orange Bowl

Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 American Technicolor musical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer….which divided into a series of seasonal vignettes….while starting the Summer of 1903….as it relates the story of a year in the life of the Smith family in St. Louis…..after leading up to the opening of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition….which was more commonly referred to as the World’s Fair in the spring…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Johnny Cash – Battle Hymn Of The Republic – Live At Lady Liberty Concert

The “Battle Hymn of the Republic“…..which is also known as “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory“ outside of the United States….is a lyric by the abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body”…..as Howe’s famous lyrics were written in November 1861….and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862.  The song links the…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Barry Manilow – America The Beautiful + One Voice – Sung At Liberty Weekend

“One Voice” is the title song of Barry Manilow’s sixth studio album….which was released in 1979….while being recorded at United Western Studios and Allen Zentz Recording in Hollywood. The album was a signature of a minor decline in Manilow’s success…..cuz it reached 2x platinum, not 3x platinum, as his past six albums did…..and the album only contained…

Music – 1974 – Bad Company – Good Loving Gone Bad – Performed Live On Stage In Concert

“Good Lovin’ Gone Bad“ was a 1974 Top 40, major trans-Atlantic hit for English rock band, Bad Company …..on a track that was written by the band’s guitarist Mick Ralphs….as the song first appeared on the album, Straight Shooter….and was later referenced in 38 Special’s 1981 hit “Hold On Loosely” Bad Company are an English hard rock super-group formed in Westminster, London, in 1973…

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 – The Temptations Medley – You Got Smile So Bright + My Girl + Get Ready + Just My Imagination

Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams started singing together in church as children….when by their teenage years….they formed a doo-wop quartet in 1955 with Kell Osborne and Wiley Waller….while naming themselves the Cavaliers….then after Waller left the group in 1957….the remaining trio left Birmingham to break into the music business….as they settled in Detroit….where they changed their name…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Johnny Cash – That Ragged Old Flag – The Story Of The Stars And Stripes

Any way you cut the pie…..the video seen herewith is truly rare by any means…..as legendary country singer Johnny Cash performs the poem he wrote titled “That Old Rugged Flag” at the July 4, 1986 Lady Liberty Celebration in New York Harbor…..which is something that every “Red White and Blue American”  will simply love….for the words…