Music – 1986 – John Williams & The Boston Pops – USA Composers Salute – Foster + Kern + Berlin + Ellington + Rodgers + Hammerstein

Every so often, we get a video that is so good that we just have to watch it….and this one is definitely one of those….cuz the truth be known, we watched it twice…..but first of all you have to understand we at ImaSportsphile are “red-blooded Americans”….who just love our country….for there is no place else…

Music – 1986 – Melissa Manchester – Rhapsody In Blue + The Man I Love + Ive Got Rhythm + Summer Time

Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter and actress…. whose songs have been carried by adult contemporary radio stations since the 1970’s….that’s dang near 50 years folks….plus, she has appeared on television, in films, and on stage.  Melissa studied songwriting at New York University with Paul Simon…. and played the Manhattan club scene….where she was discovered by Barry Manilow….who introduced her to Bette Midler….and…

Music – 1979 – The Pretenders – Brass In Pockets – Put To MLB Great Plays Highlights For Season

“Brass in Pocket“ is a 1979 single by The Pretenders….which was written by Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott….while being produced by Chris Thomas…..as The Pretenders third single was their first big success….after soaring to # 1 one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in January 1980 by making it the first new # 1 single of the 1980’s….plus, it was # 2 in Australia…

Music – 1987 – I Read It Everyday – Jane Byrne +Charles Schwab + Willard Scott + Sey Hey + The Mick

As seen in this video herewith….this little jingle “I read it everyday”…..while being sung by celebrities like Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne having her morning cup of coffee with her USA Today newspaper….followed  by young famous investment broker Charles Schwab…..then comes the Today Show national weatherman Willard Scott…..who just happened to be the first Ronald McDonald ever….as he was…

Music – 1987 – Guy Lavqie – The Soviet National Anthem – Sung At Rendez Vous 87 With NHL Vs USSR

The “State Anthem of the Soviet Union“ was the national anthem of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics….and the regional anthem of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1944 to 1990….which replaced “The Internationale”…..as Its lyrics were written by Sergey Mikhalkov in collaboration with Gabriel El-Registan…. and its music composed by Alexander Alexandrov….albeit   Russia adopted a new anthem in 1990 and the Soviet Union was dissolved in December 1991….wherein,…

NCAAF – 1987 – CBS Sports Special – Highlights Of The 1986 NCAA College Football Season

The 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with Penn State winning the national championship. Coached by Joe Paterno, they defeated Miami (Fl) 14–10 in the Fiesta Bowl….as this Fiesta Bowl was the first in the game’s history to decide the national championship…which launched it into the top tier of bowls games….as Miami came into the game ranked # 1 in the country….and Penn State…

Music – 1986 – This Is The Moment – Sung To Highlights Of The 1986 NCAA Football Season

“This is the Moment” is a song by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse….which is a major song in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde…..whereas actors from the Broadway production like Robert Cuccioli, and David Hasselhoff sing it in the key of E…..as the song is sung by Jekyll before he tests his formula on himself. In stage performances, the set typically transitions at this point between Jekyll’s living…

Music – 1986 – Indianapolis Opera Star John Davies – Back Home In Indiana – At Start Of The Indy 500

“Back Home Again In Indiana” is a song composed by James F. Hanley with lyrics by Ballard MacDonald….which was published in January 1917….and although “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away” is the state song of Indiana….it is perhaps the best-known song that pays tribute to the Hoosier  state. Since 1946, “Back Home Again in Indiana” has been performed during pre-race ceremonies before the Indianapolis 500…..and…

Music – 1986 – John Cougar Mellencamp – Aint That America – Sung To Highlights Of Super Bowls Past

John Mellencamp, previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp (seen in this video herewith) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter and actor….who is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock….which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. Mellencamp rose to fame in the decade of the 1980’s….while “honing an almost startlingly plainspoken writing style” that, starting in 1982, yielded a…