Music – 1984 – The Republic Of South Korea National Anthem – L A Olympics Closing Ceremony

“Aegukga“ (“Love Country Song”), often translated as “The Patriotic Song“, is the national anthem of South Korea….which was adopted in 1948….when the country was founded….as its music was composed in the 1930’s….with its lyrics dating back to the 1890’s.  The lyrics of “Aegukga” were originally set to the music of the Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne” before Ahn Eak-tai composed a…

Music – 1984 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – USA Medal Winners At Sarajevo Olympics Hilights

“America the Beautiful“ is a patriotic song…..with the lyrics having been written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey….as the two never met. At various times in the more than 100 years that have elapsed since the song was written….and particularly during the John F. Kennedy administration…..there have…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – The Greek National Anthem – Closing Ceremony L A Olympics

The “Hymn to Liberty“ or “Hymn to Freedom“ is a poem written by Dionysios Solomos in 1823….which consists of 158 stanzas….and  is used as the national anthem of Greece and Cyprus.  It was set to music by Nikolaos Mantzaros…..and is the longest national anthem in the world by length of text.  In 1865, the first three stanzas (and later the first two) officially became…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – At L A Olympics Closing Ceremony

When I began to post this video seen herewith…..wherein the All American Olympic Band ….which is made up of 800 marching band musicians from all 50 States of the United States of America….who performed at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies….and many times in between the two…..at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games….that is when I…

Music – 1984 – All America Olympic Band + Chorus – The Olympic Anthem As Olympic Flag Is Taken Down

The Olympic Hymn is also known informally as the Olympic Anthem….is a choral cantata by opera  composer Spyridon Samaras….with lyrics by Greek poet Kostis Palamas…..as both poet and composer were the choice of the Greek Demetrius Vikelas….who was the first President of the International Olympic Committee. The anthem was performed for the first time for the ceremony of opening of the first edition at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece…..when in…

Music – 1984 – All American Olympic Band – Stars & Stripes Forever – And The Dance Theatre Of Harlem

The Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) is an American professional ballet company and school based in Harlem, New York City…..which was founded in 1969 under the co-directorship of Arthur Mitchell  and Karel Shook….while Milton Rosenstock served as the company’s music director. The Dance Theatre of Harlem is renowned for being both “the first Black classical ballet company” in the world….and “the first major ballet company to prioritize Black…

Music – 1984 – John Williams Boston Pops – Beethoven Ode To Joy – Highlights Of The L A Olympics

For a Sportsphile, there is nothing more magical than a really great piece of music put to highlights of really outstanding athletic endeavors….for this combination of music and sport is truly a match made in Heaven….so, when a Sportsphile gets to watch a video clip like this one….where legendary ABC Olympic  sportscaster Jim McKay introduces…

Music – 1984 – 800 Strong All American Olympic Band – Olympic Fanfare – Closing Ceremonies Of L A Games

We have told many stories of our Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile….and his incredible Olympics adventure at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games…..when he and two of his close friends set an Olympic fan record that can NEVER be beaten….ONLY TIED….when Los Tres Amigos from Texas saw a live competition of EVERY SPORT that was competed for…

Music – 1980 – The Olympic Choir – Star Spangled Banner – Closing Ceremony Of The Lake Placid Games

Olympic Games ceremonies of the Ancient Olympic Games were an integral part of these Games….as the modern Olympic games have opening, closing and medal ceremonies. Some of the elements of the modern ceremonies harken back to the Ancient Games from which the Modern Olympics draw their ancestry…..as an example of this is the prominence of Greece in both the opening and closing…