Music – 1983 – Four Tops + Temptations – I’ll Be There + Getting Ready + Same Old Song + My Girl

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan….who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960’s…..as the group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz and show tunes. Founded as the Four Aims….comprising of lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton….who remained together for over four decades….while performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel. The Four Tops were among a number…

Music – 1983 – The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back + I’ll Be There – Sung At Motown 25th Anniversary

The Jackson 5 were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family….as the group was founded in 1965 in Gary, Indiana by brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine….with younger brothers  Marlon and Michael joining soon after. They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following….while being preceded by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations. The Jackson 5 performed in talent shows…

“Mystery Train“ is a song written and recorded by American blues musician Junior Parker in 1953….which was originally performed in the style of a Memphis blues or rhythm and blues tune….as it was inspired by earlier songs….and later became a popular rockabilly song….as first covered by Elvis Presley, then numerous others.  In 1973, with the approval of Sam Phillips, Robbie Robertson of The Band wrote additional lyrics for…

Music – 1983 – Martha Reeves + Mary Wells + Commodores – Live On Motown 25th Anniversary TV Special

“Heat Wave“ is a 1963 song written by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting team….which was first made popular by the Motown vocal group Martha and the Vandellas….and released as a 45 rpm single on July 9, 1963, on the Motown subsidiary Gordy label….as the song hit # 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart ….where it stayed for four weeks running….while peaking at # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It was…

Music – 1978 – Van Morrison – Turn Up Your Radio – Performed Live At The Band Last Waltz Concert

“Caravan“ is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison…..which was included on his 1970 album, Moondance…..as it was a concert highlight for several years….and was included as one of the songs on Morrison’s 1974 acclaimed live album, It’s Too Late to Stop Now.  It was also performed by Morrison with The Band in the 1978 film by Martin Scorsese entitled The Last Waltz….as seen…

Music – 1978 – The Band – The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down – Performed Live In Concert

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“ is a song written by Robbie Robertson….and originally recorded by the Canadian-American roots rock group The Band in 1969….and released on their second album….as   Levon Helm provided the lead vocals. The song is a first-person narrative relating the economic and social distress experienced by the protagonist, a poor white Southerner, during the last year of…

Music – 1983 – Smokey Robinson + Linda Ronstadt In Concert – Ooo Baby Baby & Tracks Of My Tears

“Ooo Baby Baby” is a song written by Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore….which is a classic 1965 hit single by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label.  The song achieved its greatest commercial success when Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1978….when it reached # 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has inspired numerous other cover versions by other artists over the…

Music – 1978 – Eric Clapton – Further On Up The Road – Played Live In Concert

“Farther On Up The Road” and “Further On Up The Road“ is a blues song first recorded in 1957 by Bobby “Blue” Bland…..which is an early influential Texas shuffle….and features guitar playing that represents the transition from the 1940’s blues style to the 1960’s blues-rock style….as the song became Bland’s first record chart success and one of his best-known tunes. As…

Music – 1978 – Joni Mitchell – Coyote – Performed Live In Concert

“Coyote“ is the opening song from Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album Hejira….and also the album’s first single…. albeit the song had been introduced on the tour to support 1975’s The Hissing of Summer Lawns….as “Coyote” was a significant musical departure….whereby Hissing was ornate with pianos, layered vocals and percussion….while “Coyote” was stripped down to electric and acoustic guitars and a fretless bass guitar played by virtuoso Jaco Pastorius. …