Music – 1982 – Quarterflash – Harden My Heart – Performed Live In Concert

“Harden My Heart“ is a song by rock group Quarterflash….which was written by their guitarist Marv Ross…..as it is a million-selling Gold-certified single….and was featured on the band’s  platinum-selling Quarterflash album, released in 1981. The song was originally released as a single in early 1980 by Seafood Mama, Quarterflash’s predecessor band….and it featured more sparse instrumentation but a more dramatic vocal arrangement…

Music – 1982 – Lionel Richie & The Comodores – Come Celebrate – Sung Live In Concert

The Commodores released fifteen studio albums and thirty-nine singles spanning three decades from 1974 to 1993.  The band reached the top of the Billboard charts twice with their international smash hit singles “Three Times a Lady” and “Still”. They also topped the US R&B singles chart on seven occasions…..and reached the top ten no fewer than five times…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles & The Raelettes – I Cant Stop Loving You – Sung Live In Concert At Constitution Hall

“I Can’t Stop Loving You“ is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter, and musician Don Gibson….who first recorded it on December 30, 1957 for RCA Victor Records. It was released in 1958 as the B-side of “Oh, Lonesome Me”…thus becoming a double-sided  country hit single. At the time of Gibson’s death in 2003, the song had been recorded by more than…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Dont Mean A Thing If It Aint Got Tha Swing

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)“ is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington….  whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills…..which is now accepted as a jazz standard….as jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title”.  The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – You Dont Know Me – Sung Live In Concert At Constitution Hall

“You Don’t Know Me“ is a song written by Cindy Walker….which was based on a title and story line given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955…..and was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956 on RCA Victor. The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956, peaking at #…

Music – 1980 – Roy Clark + Gatemouth Brown – One OClock Jump – Performed Live On Austin City Limits

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (April 18, 1924 – September 10, 2005) was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas….who was best known for his work as a blues musician…..as well as other styles of music…..as he spent his career fighting purism by synthesizing old blues, country,  Cajun music, r & b music and jazz….as seen in this rendition of Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump”…..for his…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Just Because – Performed Live At Constitution Hall

Brother Ray, Oh Brother Ray…..your genius never ceases to move our emotions…..for you can deliver a ballad or a love song like nobody else….with those rough notes laced with soft gentle kindness…..it’s just because you’re near that the cold nights grow warmer….as Heaven’s not so far away….so, whisper in my ear….cuz gentle is the darkness…

Music – 1978 – Master Guitarist Chet Atkins – Autumn Leaves – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

“Autumn Leaves“ is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Joseph Kosma with original lyrics by Jacques Prévert in French, and later by Johnny Mercer in English. An instrumental version by pianist Roger Williams was a # 1 best-seller in the USA Billboard charts of 1955. Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as “Mr. Guitar“ and “The Country Gentleman“, was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record…

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

“Joy to the World“ is a song written by Hoyt Axton….which was made famous by the band Three Dog Night. The song is also popularly known by its opening lyric, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog“….as Three Dog Night originally released the song on their 4th studio album, Naturally, in November 1970….and subsequently released an edited version of the song as a single in…