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…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Night Life – Performed Live On Stage At ACL

“Night Life“ is a song written by country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson….after being inspired to write the song during one of his trips from his home in Pasadena, Texas, to his work while singing at the Esquire Ballroom in Houston, Texas.  Due to financial issues, Nelson sold the song to guitar instructor Paul Buskirk for $150. The recording of the song was…

Music – 1982 – Quarterflash – Cruisin With The Deuce – Live In Concert

Quarterflash is an American rock group formed in 1980 in Portland, Oregon….as the band was originally made up of the two current members, Orinda Sue “Rindy” Ross (lead vocals and saxophone) and her husband Marv Ross (guitars), along with Jack Charles (guitars), Rick DiGiallonardo (keyboards), Rich Gooch (electric bass) and Brian David Willis (drums and percussion). Having a lead singer…

Music – 1982 – Quarterflash – Find Another Fool – Live In Concert

Quarterflash is the debut album of American rock band Quarterflash….which was released in 1981 on Geffen Records…. and features the single, “Harden My Heart”….which reached # 3 on the Billboard Hot 100….while also reaching # 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart…..as the follow-up single from the album was “Find Another Fool”….which reached # 16 on the Hot 100….and is seen in…

1982 – Music – Paul Simon – American Tune – Performed Live In Concert

“American Tune“ is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon….which was the third single  from his third studio album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon in 1973….and released on Columbia Records. The song, a meditation on the American experience, is based on the melody of the hymn “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”….as the song reached # 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. “The…

Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Aint It Funny How Time Slips Away – Live At ACL

Can you imagine the joy of playing music with someone for the better part of 70 years….what joy and comfort that comes from spending that much time with another person doing the thing you love most…. playing music with your friends!?!….which brings up the question of how it would feel when you were the  one…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles & The Raelettes – Hit The Road Jack – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“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 became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix….after which it  eventually became one of Charles’ signature songs. Charles’s recording hit # 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961…..while…