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 – Lord Keep Me Singing – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

As we listen to Ray Charles sing “Lord Keep Me Singing” while in concert live at Austin City Limits in 1980….we realized how much we identify with the words of the song…..which causes us to chime in with the request in the title and the words of the song….cuz we agree, “Lord, let Brother Ray keep on singing”. …

Music – 1981 – Instrumental – Willie Nelson + Johnny Gimble + Dean Buskirk + Freddy Powers + Dean Reynolds

This 1981 Austin City Limits (ACL) episode of Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Willie Nelson and The Rainbow Band….comprising of Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Freddie Powers on rhythm guitar, Dean Buskirk on lead guitar and mandolin and Dean Rynolds on bass….and of course, Willie Nelson on guitar and vocals….as this video is truly one of our favorites here at…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Rainbow Band – Over The Rainbow – Performed Live At ACL

“Over the Rainbow“ is a ballad composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Yip Harburg.….which was written for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz….and was sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy Gale…..which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song….while becoming Garland’s signature song ….as the song has been covered by many artist over the years.  In this video seen herewith….Willie Nelson and The…

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 – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Rainbow Band – Mona Lisa – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“Mona Lisa“ is a popular song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film Captain Carey, U.S.A. in 1950….as the title and lyrics refer to the renaissance portrait Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci…..as the song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1950….while the Billboard sales charts of 1950 also showed significant sales on versions by Dennis Day, Victor Young with vocal by Don Cherry, Art Lund, Ralph Flanagan with vocal by Harry Prime, Charlie…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)“ is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington….whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills….which is now accepted as a jazz standard…..as jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title”.  The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during…

Music – 1981 – Ray Benson + Willie Nelson – After You’ve Gone Away – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

In 1981, legendary musicians Willie Nelson and Johnny Gimble join Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel on Austin City Limits for a musical tribute to legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhart….as they perform an all time favorite “After You’ve Gone Away”…..which is seen in this video herewith….for this video is truly a “rare jewel” in our ImaSportsphile treasure chest…