Music – 1989 – The 3Ds – Watching All Night Television – Sung Live On Stage In New York City

The 3Ds were a noise pop band based from Dunedin, New Zealand….who were together from 1978 to 1997…..as they recorded three albums and several EP’s….with the best known of which is The Venus Trail in 1993. They achieved commercial and critical success worldwide in the period between 1993 and 1995. The band was formed in May 1988 by Dominic Stones, Denise…

Music – 1979 – Donnie Harper + The Voices Of Tomorrow – Sing Sing A Song – Sung Live On Stage In NYC

“Sing“ is a 1971 song written by Joe Raposo for the children’s television show Sesame Street….as its  signature song…..which gained popularity in 1973 when performed by the Carpenters….who made it a # 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Raposo was one of the staff songwriters on Sesame Street….as the song became one of the most popular on the program….which was sung…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles – I Can See Clearly Now – Performed Live On Stage in New York City

“I Can See Clearly Now” is a song originally recorded by Johnny Nash….which was a single from the album of the same name….and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom….when it was released in 1972….while reaching # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart…..and covered by many artists throughout the years….including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff….who re-recorded…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles & His Original 50s Band – Ive Got A Woman + I Believe + Hit The Road Jack

“Hit the Road Jack“ is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield….which was first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe…..but it became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix….and eventually became one of Charles’ signature songs. Charles’s recording hit # 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100….as “Hit the…

Music – 1978 – Randy Newman – Short People – Performed Live On Stage In New York City

“Short People“ is a song by Randy Newman from his 1977 album, Little Criminals….as the verses and chorus are lyrically constructed as a prejudiced attack on short people…..all the while in contrast….the bridge states that “short people are just the same as you and I”….but Newman interprets the song to be about prejudice, as was widely thought, but added, “The guy…

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 – Paul Simon + Charles Grodin – Bridge Over Troubled Water – Sung Live On Stage In NYC

“Bridge over Troubled Water“ is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel….which was produced by the duo and Roy Halee….as the song was released as the follow-up single to “The Boxer” in January 1970….while the song is featured on their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water in 1970. Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon….the song is performed on piano and…

Music – 1978 – Steve Martin – Ramblin On The Banjo + Happy Banjo Songs – Played Live On Stage In NYC

In this 1978 excerpt from Saturday Night Live seen in this video herewith….legendary comedian Steve Martin plays Ramblin’ On The Banjo and Happy Banjo Songs…..which goes a long way in showing how gifted Martin was on the banjo….in addition to his comedic genius and acting prowess.   Evidence of his banjo mastery came in May 2009….when the popular bluegrass band…

Music – 1978 – Paul Simon – You’re Kind – Sung Live On Stage In New York City

During his distinguished career….Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards….which includes 12 Grammy Awards….while three of which….“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland”….were albums of the year.  In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon…