Music – 1988 – Meet Me In St Louie, Louie – Performed At Halftime Of The 54th Orange Bowl

Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 American Technicolor musical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer….which divided into a series of seasonal vignettes….while starting the Summer of 1903….as it relates the story of a year in the life of the Smith family in St. Louis…..after leading up to the opening of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition….which was more commonly referred to as the World’s Fair in the spring…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Johnny Cash – Battle Hymn Of The Republic – Live At Lady Liberty Concert

The “Battle Hymn of the Republic“…..which is also known as “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory“ outside of the United States….is a lyric by the abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body”…..as Howe’s famous lyrics were written in November 1861….and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862.  The song links the…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Barry Manilow – America The Beautiful + One Voice – Sung At Liberty Weekend

“One Voice” is the title song of Barry Manilow’s sixth studio album….which was released in 1979….while being recorded at United Western Studios and Allen Zentz Recording in Hollywood. The album was a signature of a minor decline in Manilow’s success…..cuz it reached 2x platinum, not 3x platinum, as his past six albums did…..and the album only contained…

Music – 1974 – Bad Company – Good Loving Gone Bad – Performed Live On Stage In Concert

“Good Lovin’ Gone Bad“ was a 1974 Top 40, major trans-Atlantic hit for English rock band, Bad Company …..on a track that was written by the band’s guitarist Mick Ralphs….as the song first appeared on the album, Straight Shooter….and was later referenced in 38 Special’s 1981 hit “Hold On Loosely” Bad Company are an English hard rock super-group formed in Westminster, London, in 1973…

Music – July 4th 1986 – America The Beautiful – John Williams & The Boston Pops At Liberty Weekend With John Denver + Barry Manilow + Melissa Manchester + Joel Grey + Whitney Houston Et Al

“America the Beautiful“ is a very popular American patriotic song…..with lyrics that were written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey…..and interestingly enough….the two never met….as Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, “Pikes Peak“….which was first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church…

Music – The Temptations Medley – You Got Smile So Bright + My Girl + Get Ready + Just My Imagination

Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams started singing together in church as children….when by their teenage years….they formed a doo-wop quartet in 1955 with Kell Osborne and Wiley Waller….while naming themselves the Cavaliers….then after Waller left the group in 1957….the remaining trio left Birmingham to break into the music business….as they settled in Detroit….where they changed their name…

Music – July 4th 1986 – Johnny Cash – That Ragged Old Flag – The Story Of The Stars And Stripes

Any way you cut the pie…..the video seen herewith is truly rare by any means…..as legendary country singer Johnny Cash performs the poem he wrote titled “That Old Rugged Flag” at the July 4, 1986 Lady Liberty Celebration in New York Harbor…..which is something that every “Red White and Blue American”  will simply love….for the words…

Music – July 4th 1986 – John Williams & The Boston Pops – Medley Of John Phillip Sousa March Songs

Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, served as an “officer and gentleman” three years in the U S Army from 1970 to 1973…..as a commander of the duty train (Army) that ran from Berlin to Frankfurt in Germany…..and as a member of the US Army Berlin Brigade….they were often required to get into “full dress uniform” and…

Music – 1978 – Johnny Gimble + The Texas Swing Pioneers – Just Because You Think You Are So Pretty

“Just Because (You Think You’re So Pretty)” is a song written by Joe Shelton, Sydney Robin and Bob Shelton…..which was originally recorded by Nelstone’s Hawaiians (Hubert Nelson and James D. Touchstone) in 1929….and later recorded by The Shelton Brothers in 1933…..as the song has since been recorded numerous times by various artists including Elvis Presley….who included it on his very first album titled “Elvis…