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 – 1980 – Ella Fitzgerald + Billy Taylor & All Star Orchestra – Take The A Train

“Take the ‘A’ Train“ is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn….which was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra….as the use of the Strayhorn composition as the signature tune was made necessary by a ruling in 1940 by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)….when ASCAP raised its licensing fees for broadcast use….after which many ASCAP members…. including Ellington….could no…

Music – 1979 – Manhattan Transfer – You Know You Can Count On Me – Performed Live In Concert

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969….who sang and recorded in vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm & blues, pop music and a cappella….as there have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer….with Tim Hauser as the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson,…

Music – 1979 – Tom T Hall – The Year That Clayton Delaney Died – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“The Year That Clayton Delaney Died“ is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Tom T. Hall…..which was released in July 1971….as the only single from the album, In Search of a Song….as it was Hall’s second # 1 hit on the country chart….which stayed at # 1 for two weeks….while spending a total of eighteen…

Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis – Good Woman Blues – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Good Woman Blues“ is a song written by Ken McDuffie…..and recorded by American country music artist Mel Tillis….which was released in September 1976….as the second single from the album Love Revival….as it became Mel Tillis’ second # 1 on the country chart…..which stayed at # 1 for two weeks…. while spending a total of twelve weeks on…

Music – 1979 – Martin Mull – I Woke Up With A Pig In A Blanket – Performed Live In Concert

Martin Mull is a talent of true comedic genius…..who can deliver laughs in a stand-up routine, a sit-down  “in your living room” music routine….as seen in this video herewith…..for where else except from the mind of Martin Mull could anyone come up with a song that tells the story of going out on the town…. while…

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 – Theresa Brewer – Honky Tonkin – Sung Live On Tribute To Hank Williams TV Special

“Honky Tonkin’“ is a 1948 country music song, written and recorded by Hank Williams….as the song went to # 14 on the Billboard country music charts…..and in 1982 it became the sixth chart topping single for Williams’ son, Hank Williams Jr.  Hank Williams released two versions of “Honky Tonkin’” ….with the first being cut at his second and final recording session for Sterling…