Music – 1978 – Muddy Waters – Im A Man – Performed Live With The Band At The Last Waltz Concert

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913  – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician…..who is often cited as the “father of modern Chicago blues“….as he was an important figure on the post-war blues scene….whereby his style of playing has been described as “raining down Delta beatitude”. Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi….who by age 17 was playing…

“Mystery Train“ is a song written and recorded by American blues musician Junior Parker in 1953….which was originally performed in the style of a Memphis blues or rhythm and blues tune….as it was inspired by earlier songs….and later became a popular rockabilly song….as first covered by Elvis Presley, then numerous others.  In 1973, with the approval of Sam Phillips, Robbie Robertson of The Band wrote additional lyrics for…

Music – 1978 – Van Morrison – Turn Up Your Radio – Performed Live At The Band Last Waltz Concert

“Caravan“ is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison…..which was included on his 1970 album, Moondance…..as it was a concert highlight for several years….and was included as one of the songs on Morrison’s 1974 acclaimed live album, It’s Too Late to Stop Now.  It was also performed by Morrison with The Band in the 1978 film by Martin Scorsese entitled The Last Waltz….as seen…

Music – 1978 – The Band – The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down – Performed Live In Concert

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“ is a song written by Robbie Robertson….and originally recorded by the Canadian-American roots rock group The Band in 1969….and released on their second album….as   Levon Helm provided the lead vocals. The song is a first-person narrative relating the economic and social distress experienced by the protagonist, a poor white Southerner, during the last year of…

Music – 1978 – Eric Clapton – Further On Up The Road – Played Live In Concert

“Farther On Up The Road” and “Further On Up The Road“ is a blues song first recorded in 1957 by Bobby “Blue” Bland…..which is an early influential Texas shuffle….and features guitar playing that represents the transition from the 1940’s blues style to the 1960’s blues-rock style….as the song became Bland’s first record chart success and one of his best-known tunes. As…

“Ophelia“ is a song written by Robbie Robertson of The Band….which was first released by the group on their 1975 album Northern Lights – Southern Cross…..as it was the lead single from the album. It has also appeared on several of the group’s live and compilation albums….and has been covered by such artists as Vince Gill and My Morning Jacket. The lyrics tell of the singer’s attempt…

Music – 1979 – Elton John – Back In The USSR + Saturday Nites Alright + Sure Plays A Mean Pinball – Live On Tour In Soviet Union

“Back in the U.S.S.R.“ is a song by the English rock band the Beatles that opens their 1968 double album The Beatles….which is also known as the “White Album”….which was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership….as the song is in the rock and roll style and is a parody of Chuck Berry’s “Back in the U.S.A.” ….and the Beach Boys’ “California Girls”.  The…

Music – 1979 – Joe Ely – On Stage Live At Austin City Limits

Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll….who has had a genre-crossing career….while performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, the Chieftains and James McMurtry….which was in addition to his early work with the Clash…..with more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and Guy Clark. Ely spent his formative years from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Monterey High School…..for…

Music – 1978 – Neil Diamond – Dry Your Eyes – Performed Live At The Last Waltz Concert Of The Band

Neil Diamond is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor…..with 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts….as Diamond has sold more than 100 million records worldwide….which makes him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.  On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten # 1 singles to include “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung…