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 – 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…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Cup – Women’s All Around Vault – USA Lisa Cawthron – With Charlie Jones

In 1977, USA gymnast Lisa Cawthorn had a spectacular year by winning her USA National Championship in the vault ….and then competing in the women’s all around vault finals at the Women’s World Cup Championships…..as seen in this video herewith. There is a famous photograph of USA Gymnast Lisa Cawthorn being interviewed by sportscaster Nancy…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Cup – Womens All Around Floor Exercise – USSR Maria Filatova

In this 1977 Women’s World Cup Gymnastics video seen herewith….. NBC Sportsworld host Charlie Jones….along with his sidekick, Cathy Rigby, behind the mike….provide coverage of the women’s all around floor exercise routine by USSR Maria Filatova.   Charlie Jones (November 9, 1930 – June 12, 2008) was an American sportscaster for NBC and ABC….who  began his sportscasting career at local television…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Cup – Womens All Around Vault – HUN Marta Egervari – With Charlie Jones

Márta Egervári is a retired Hungarian artistic gymnast….who competed in two consecutive Olympicas for her native country….starting in 1976 at the Innsbruck Winter Games…..and followed by the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games…..with her best result coming in at Innsbruck…..when she won a bronze medal on the uneven bars.  In this video seen herewith…..NBC Sportsworld host Charlie Jones and…

Gymnastics – 1977 – World Championships – Women’s All Around Vault – USSR Maria Filatova

Maria Filatova is a retired Soviet gymnast who competed at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games and 1980 Lake Placid Olympics…..after beginning to compete for the USSR junior team in 1974…..when in 1976, she placed fourth at the USSR National Championships…..while competing well in various international events. Filatova was originally named as an alternate to the Soviet team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. However,…