Music – 1980 – Billy Taylor & His Orchestra – C Jam Blues – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

“C Jam Blues”“ is a jazz standard composed in 1942 by Duke Ellington….and performed by countless other musicians such as Dave Grusin, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Peterson, and Charles Mingus….and as the title suggests….the piece follows a twelve-bar blues form in the key of C major….as the tune is well known for being extremely easy to play….with the entire melody featuring only two notes….G and C. A performance typically…

Music – 1979 – Manhattan Transfer – Four Brothers – Performed Live In Concert

Four Brothers is a jazz standard written by Jimmy Giuffre in 1947….which was based on the chord changes of ‘Jeepers Creepers’…..as the song was written for the “Four Brothers” saxophone section of Woody Herman’s second band….and has since been covered by many groups. Woody Herman recorded it on December 27, 1947 for Columbia records….with his second Herd….which had been…

Music – 1979 – Hank Williams Jr – Hey Good Lookin – Sung On TV Special Tribute To Hank Williams

“Hey, Good Lookin’“ is a 1951 song written and recorded by Hank Williams….which although covered by many singers, his version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001….and since its original 1951 recording, it has been covered by a variety of artists to includeTennessee Ernie Ford, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, Frankie Laine, Dean Martin, Del…

Music – 1979 – Hoyt Axton – Joy To The World – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

Hoyt Axton (March 25, 1938 – October 26, 1999) was an American folk music singer-songwriter, guitarist and a film / television actor….who became prominent in the early 1960’s….while establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with an earthy style and powerful voice.  As he matured, some of his songwriting became well known throughout…

Music – 1979 – Gale Davies – Taking My Bucket Down To The South Fork – Sung On Austin City Limits

Gail Davies is an American singer/songwriter….and the first female record producer in country music history….who was the daughter of country singer Tex Dickerson….and the sister of songwriter Ron Davies…..as 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…

Music – 1979 – Farren Young – Cold Cold Heart – Performed Live On Stage At Tribute To Hank Williams

“Cold, Cold Heart“ is a country music and pop song recorded by Hank Williams….as a blues ballad is both a classic of honky-tonk….and an entry in the Great American Songbook. The song would become a pop hit for Tony Bennett….which paved the way for country songs to make inroads into the lucrative pop market.  In the liner notes to the 1990 Polygram compilation Hank Williams: The Original Single…

Music – 1979 – Fleetwood Mac – Your Eyes Got Me Dreaming – Performed On USA Network NightFlight

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band….which was formed in London in 1967…..who have sold more than 120 million records worldwide….thus making them one of the world’s best-selling bands.  In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame….while    receiving the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Fleetwood Mac was founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles – Jazz Piece With His Original 1950s Band – With Brother Ray On Saxophone

In June 1952, Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’s contract for $2,500 (US $24,070 in 2019 dollars)….when in his first recording session for Atlantic….songs like “The Midnight Hour”and “Roll with My Baby” took place in September 1952….although his last Swing Time release of “Misery in My Heart”/”The Snow Is Falling” wouldn’t appear until February 1953. In 1953, “Mess…

Music – 1978 – Johnny Gimble + The Texas Swing Pioneers – Bells Of St Mary – With Smokey Montgomery

“The Bells of St. Mary’s“ is a 1917 popular song…..with the music being written by A. Emmett Adams…and the lyrics by Douglas Furber….after a visit to St. Mary’s Church, Southampton, England.  It was published by the London company Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew…..as the song was revived in 1945 in the film of the same name….while being sung by Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Due to the inclusion in the…