Music – 1979 – Impressionist Johnny Dark Does Johnny Mathis + Bobby Vinton + Anthony Dooley Et Al

Johnny Dark is an American comedian and comic actor….who has been active on television since the 1970’s…..with his most recent notoriety coming from his recurring appearances on Late Show with David Letterman….along with appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson….Donny and Marie TV Series….and The Alan Hamel Show…..as he has also done stand-up comedy in Atlantic City….plus, as an actor who appeared in several films. However, Johnny Dark…

Music – 1979 – Manhattan Transfer – Gloria She Is Not In Love With Me – Performed Live In Concert

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969…..who sang a variety of genres of music to include a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues and pop music.    At the 1979 live concert of Manhattan Transfer, member of the group, Alan Paul, tells the story of him growing up in an…

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 & 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 – 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 – Slip Sliding Away – Sung Live On Stage In New York City

Paul Simon is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor…..whose musical career has spanned seven decades. He reached fame and commercial success as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel….which  was formed in 1956 with Art Garfunkel….as the duo was originally known as Tom & Jerry. Simon was responsible for writing nearly all of the pair’s songs….which included three that…

Music – 1977 – Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Sung Live On Stage In New York City

“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing“ is a song credited to British singer Leo Sayer….which was taken from his 1976 album Endless Flight….as the song reached # 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart….thus  making it his first # 1 single in the United States…..while reaching # 2 on the UK Singles Chart….while  Billboard  ranked it as the # 13 song of…

Music – 1983 – Four Tops + Temptations – I’ll Be There + Getting Ready + Same Old Song + My Girl

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan….who helped to define the city’s Motown sound of the 1960’s…..as the group’s repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, doo-wop, jazz and show tunes. Founded as the Four Aims….comprising of lead singer Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton….who remained together for over four decades….while performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel. The Four Tops were among a number…

Music – 1983 – The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back + I’ll Be There – Sung At Motown 25th Anniversary

The Jackson 5 were an American pop band composed of members of the Jackson family….as the group was founded in 1965 in Gary, Indiana by brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine….with younger brothers  Marlon and Michael joining soon after. They were among the first black American performers to attain a crossover following….while being preceded by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations. The Jackson 5 performed in talent shows…