Music – 1981 – Earl Thomas Conley – Somewhere Between Right And Wrong

Earl Thomas Conley (October 17, 1941 – April 10, 2019) was an American country music singer and songwriter….who between 1980 and 2003 recorded ten studio albums….with seven for RCA Records….as he charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart….of which eighteen reached # 1….and since all eighteen were during the decade of the 1980’s….as Conley had the most # 1…

Music – 1982 – REO Speedwagon – Everybody Sees It Differently

REO Speedwagon is an American rock band from Champaign, Illinois….which was formed in 1967….as the band cultivated a following during the 1970’s….while achieving significant commercial success throughout the 1980’s….when their album Hi Infidelity in 1980 contained four US Top 40 hits….and is the group’s best-selling album….with over 10 million copies sold. Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than…

Music – 1982 – Some Of Country Music Hottest Bands – Orange Blossom Special – On Austin City Limits

In 1982, Austin City Limits aired a program called The Best Of Austin City Limits….which features the country fiddler’s national anthem of The Orange Blossom Special…..which featured an array of some of country’s hottest band playing the iconic fiddler’s song….as the bands include The Charlie Daniels Band  with Charlie on fiddle….The Mel Tillis Band features his three fiddlers….The Earl…

Music – 1982 – The Commodores – We Gonna Tear This Mother Down – Performed Live In Concert

The Commodores original band was managed by Benny Ashburn….who brought them to his family’s vacation lodge on Martha’s Vineyard in 1971 and 1972…..where Ashburn test marketed the group by having them play in parking lots and summer festivals….plus, The Commodores made a brief appearance in the 1978 film Thank God It’s Friday….and they performed the song “Too…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Georgia On My Mind – Sung Live At Austin City Limit

“Georgia on My Mind“ is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell….while being first recorded that year…..albeit has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U.S. state of Georgia….who recorded it for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road….when in 1979, the State of Georgia designated it the official state song. Willie Nelson recorded the song on his Stardust album…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Crazy – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Crazy“ is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson….which has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline, whose version was a # 2 country hit in 1962.  Partly due to the genre-blending nature of the song….it has been covered by dozens of artists in several genres over the years….nevertheless, the song remains inextricably linked with Cline….as…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Instrumental – Beer Barrell Polka – Live At ACL

“Beer Barrel Polka“, also known as “Roll Out the Barrel“, is a song which became popular worldwide during World War II….as the music was composed by the Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927….then  Eduard Ingriš wrote the first arrangement of the piece….after Vejvoda came upon the melody and sought Ingriš’s help in refining it.  At that time, it was…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Somewhere Over The Rainbow – With Credits For ACL

In this 1981 Austin City Limits performance by Willie Nelson & The Family Band singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”….while the ACL credits scroll by as they showcase the many folks who had a hand in bringing one of the best weekly music programs on television for the past 50+ years….cuz they deserve our salute, since we have posted…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family – Blues Skies – Performed Live At Austin City Limits

“Blue Skies“ is a popular song, written by Irving Berlin in 1926…..as a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy…..and although the show ran for only 39 performances….“Blue Skies” was an instant success….with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star Belle Baker…..when during the final repetition….Ms. Baker forgot her lyrics….which prompted Berlin to sing them from…