Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Oh What A Beautiful Mornin – Sung Live At Constitutional Hall Wash D C

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’“ is the opening song from the musical Oklahoma!….which premiered on Broadway in 1943….and was written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The leading male character in Oklahoma!, Curly McLain, sings the song at the beginning of the first scene of the musical. The refrain runs: “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’! / Oh,…

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…

Music – 1978 – Johnny Rodriquez + Willie Nelson – Jambalaya – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

The pride and joy of the Austin Music Scene rests in the heart and soul of “favorite son” Willie Nelson…. so, every piece of video that we have of Shotgun Willie is nothing but “Pure Gold” to us here at ImaSportsphile….for Willie has serenaded music lovers in Austin, Texas for the better part of 60+ years…. and when you went…

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…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Just Because You Are Near – Sung Live At Constitution Hall

Ray Charles had so many successful and popular recordings throughout his long and distinguished singing career which spanned the better part of 60 years from 1947 to 2004…..with dozens and dozens of hits along the way…..after having recorded literally 100’s and 100’s of songs that charted from 1956 to 1996….as Brother Ray possessed one of the most…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Grow Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1965….but no prize was ultimately awarded that year…..and being then 66 years old, he joked….”Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be famous too young.”….and in 1999 he was posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer Prize “commemorating the centennial year of his birth, in recognition of…

Music – 1982 – Quarterflash – Find Another Fool – Performed Live In Concert

It is rare to find a female who plays the saxophone really well….cuz here at ImaSportsphile….we have always thought of the sax as a male instrument….with the shape….and the sounds that come out of it…., they all just look and sound very male….I mean, just think about it….can you think of any great female sax…

Music – 1980 – Joe Williams – Those Who Are Lonely Too – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

As the Depression worsened….the recording industry was in crisis….while dropping over 90% of its artists by 1933….that is when Ivie Anderson was hired as the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s featured vocalist in 1931….as she is the vocalist on “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” in 1932….while Sonny Greer had been providing occasional vocals….and as…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Busted – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

We at ImaSportsphile are so fortunate to have such a wonderful collection of The Genius known as Ray Charles in our music section….for there has never been another person in the entire spectrum of music that was quite like Brother Ray….as God truly threw the mold away after bringing that musical genius to the world….for the pure enjoyment…