Music – 1981 – Well Hello Baseball – Set To MLB Highlights As The Strike Ends And Baseball Returns

The 1981 Major League Baseball strike was the first work stoppage in Major League Baseball since the 1972 Major League Baseball strike that resulted in regular season games being cancelled. Overall, it was the fourth work stoppage since 1972….but actions in 1973, 1976, and 1980 did not result in any regular season games being cancelled.   The 1981 MLB strike began on…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – I Can See Clearly Now – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“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 as covered by many artists throughout the years….including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff,…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan + Joe Williams – It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)“ is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington….whose lyrics were written by Irving Mills….which is now accepted as a jazz standard…..as jazz historian Gunther Schuller characterized it as “now legendary” and “a prophetic piece and a prophetic title”.  The music was composed and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during…

Music – 1982 – Down Home Country Music Special – Steve Wariner – I Can Hear Kentucky Calling Me

Steve Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist…..who started out as a backing musician for Dottie West…..while also working with Bob Luman and Chet Atkins before beginning a solo career in the late 1970’s. He has released eighteen studio albums for multiple labels….which included the Nashville divisions of RCA, MCA, Arista and Capitol Records….along with his own SelecTone label….as he charted more 50+ singles on the Billboard Hot…

Music – 1981 – Ray Benson + Willie Nelson – After You’ve Gone Away – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

In 1981, legendary musicians Willie Nelson and Johnny Gimble join Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel on Austin City Limits for a musical tribute to legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhart….as they perform an all time favorite “After You’ve Gone Away”…..which is seen in this video herewith….for this video is truly a “rare jewel” in our ImaSportsphile treasure chest…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – I Cant Stop Loving You – Performed Live On Stage AT Austin City Limits

“I Can’t Stop Loving You“ is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson….who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records….which was released in 1958 as the B-side of “Oh, Lonesome Me”….and thus becoming a double-sided country hit  single….whereas aAt the time of Gibson’s death in 2003…..the song had been recorded by more than 700…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Born To Lose – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

Ted Daffan (September 21, 1912 – October 6, 1996) was an American country musician noted for composing the seminal “Truck Driver’s Blues”….along with two often covered country anthems of unrequited love, “Born to Lose” and “I’m a Fool to Care”….when in the 1930’s Western Swing bandleader  Milton Brown convinced Daffan to start performing….and soon there after he scored his first success as a…

Music – 1981 – Terry Cashman – Talkin Baseball – With MLB Highlights Of Willie Mickey + The Duke

“Talkin’ Baseball (Willie, Mickey & The Duke)“ is a 1981 song written and performed by Terry Cashman…. in a song describes the history of American major league baseball from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 1980’s…..when the song was originally released during the 1981 Major League Baseball strike….while being inspired by a picture of the three New York City…

Music – 1981 – Ray Benson & Friends – Djangology Meledy – In A Tribute To Django Reinhardt On ACL

Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953), known by his stage name Django Reinhardt….as a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer…..who was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe….and remains the most significant still today in 2020. With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934….as the group was among the first…