Music – 1979 – Mel Tillis Medley – I Ain’t Never + I’ll Sign The Papers + I Wanna Go Stateside + I Love Just The Same

Mel Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter….and although he recorded songs since the late 1950’s….his biggest success occurred in the 1970’s….with a long list of Top 10 hits.  Tillis eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and began writing songs full-time….after which he wrote “I’m Tired”, a # 3 country hit for Webb Pierce in 1957…..and “Honky Tonk…

Music – 1980 – Beto Y Los Fairlanes – El Fabuloso + Fiddling – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

Beto y Los Fairlanes, now more commonly known as Beto and the Fairlanes, is a worldbeat, latin pop, jazz and salsa band from Austin, Texas….which was founded in the late 1970’s by Robert “Beto” Skiles….as the band came out of the prolific 1970’s Austin music scene….when in their early career, the band played at such legendary Austin venues like the Armadillo World Headquarters, Liberty Lunch and…

Music – 1979 – Theresa Brewer – Your Cheating Heart – Sung On Tribute To Hank Williams TV Special

Teresa Brewer (May 7, 1931 – October 17, 2007) was an American singer whose style incorporated pop, country, jazz, R&B, musicals and novelty songs…..as she was one of the most prolific and popular female singers of the 1950’s….while recording nearly 600 songs. An agent, Richie Lisella, heard her sing and took her career in hand….and soon…

Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & His All Star Orchestra + Ella Fitzgerald – Sophisticated Lady

“Sophisticated Lady“ is a jazz standard which was composed as an instrumental in 1932 by Duke Ellington…..as additional credit is given to publisher Irving Mills….whose words were added to the song by Mitchell Parish….whereas the words met with approval from Ellington….who described them as “wonderful, but not entirely fitted to my original conception”. That original conception was inspired by three…

Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & Orchestra – Caravan – Live On Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

“Caravan“ is an American jazz standard that was composed by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington….and first performed by Ellington in 1936….as Irving Mills wrote lyrics….but they are rarely sung. The exotic sound of “Caravan” interested exotica musicians….as Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, and Gordon Jenkins all covered it…..plus, Woody Allen used the song in two of his films….Alice and Sweet and Lowdown…..while  Steven Soderbergh used the Lyman version in his 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven. The…

Music – 1979 – Manhattan Transfer – Dino Santini Sings Turn Me Loose – Live In Concert

We find a music video every now and then that the words of the song being sung on the video tell the story of the song better than any research information can divulge….as is the case with this version of the song “Turn Me Loose” does…..which is sung by Alan Paul of Manhattan Transfer in their live concert…

Music – 1979 – Gail Davies – Live At Austin City Limits

Gail Davies is an American singer/songwriter and the first female record producer in country music….who was the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson….and the sister of songwriter Ron Davies…..while Gail’s son, Chris Scruggs, is a former co-lead singer and guitarist for the roots-country band BR549….and is currently on tour with Marty Stuart as a member of his Fabulous Superlatives. Gail Davies established herself…

Music – 1979 – Manhattan Transfer – Gloria She Is Not In Love With Me – Performed Live In Concert

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969…..who sang a variety of genres of music to include a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues and pop music.    At the 1979 live concert of Manhattan Transfer, member of the group, Alan Paul, tells the story of him growing up in an…

Music – 1979 – Kris Kristofferson – I Am So Lonesome I Could Cry – Sung At Tribute To Hank Williams

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” is a song recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949….which according to Colin Escott’s 2004 book Hank Williams: A Biography….Williams was inspired to write the song when he found it on a schedule of upcoming MGM releases….as the song was recorded on August 30, 1949, at Herzog Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio…..when Escott observed, the plaintive despair in…