Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Busted – Sung Live At Constitution Hall Concert

“Busted” is a song written by Harlan Howard in 1962…..which was recorded and first released by Johnny Cash (with the Carter Family) for Cash’s 1963 album Blood, Sweat and Tears.….with the first recording was by Burl Ives in 1962…..as it has subsequently been recorded by several notable artists including Ray Charles also in 1963 and Patty Loveless in 2009.  The song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling to…

NFL – 1982 – NFL Films – Best Ever Running Backs – With Gale Sayers + O J Simpson + Jim Brown

Gale Sayers is an American former professional football player….who earned acclaim both as a halfback and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL). In a brief but highly productive NFL career, Sayers spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971….as multiple injuries effectively limited him to five seasons of play.  He was known for his elusiveness and agility, and was regarded by…

Boxing – 1978 – Howard Cosell PostFight Interview Of Ken Norton After Losing Title To Larry Holmes

Ken Norton Sr. (August 9, 1943 – September 18, 2013) was an American professional boxer….who competed from 1967 to 1981….and held the WBC heavyweight title in 1978.  He is best known for his trilogy of fights with Muhammad Ali….in which Norton won the first fight by split decision….and lost the latter two fights by split and unanimous decision, respectively.  Norton also fought a…

Comedy – 1983 – Bob Hope + Martha Raye Stand Up Duet + Excerpt From 1939 Movie Never Say Die

Martha Raye (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994) was an American comic actress and singer…..who performed in movies, Broadway plays and later starred on television.  She was honored in 1969 at the Academy Awards as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops.  A talented performer whose career spans the better part…

Figure Skating – 1986 – World Championships Mens Finals – CZK Josef Sabovcik – With Scott Hamilton

Jozef (Jumping Joe) Sabovčík is a Slovak figure skater…..who competed representing Czechoslovakia…. when he was the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s competition….while being a two-time European champion in 1985 and 1986…..and a six-time Czechoslovak national champion…..whereas his quad toe loop at the 1986 European Championships was originally approved as the first quad jump landed in competition.  Sabovčík began skating when he was six years old….when his…

Music – 1982 – The Commodores – The Tear Down – Performed Live In Concert

The Commodores is an American funk/soul band….which was at its peak in the late 1970’s through the mid 1980’s…..with the members of the group who met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama in 1968….and signed with Motown in November 1972….after having first caught the public eye opening for the Jackson 5 while on tour. The group’s most successful period was in…

NFL – 1986 – Allie Sherman Chalkboard Showcase Of The Bears Dominating Defense Prior To Lions On MNF

During the mid-1980’s, ESPN was just beginning to get its foot in the door with the NFL for being able to provide live game broadcasts in the future….as their first foray was with their Monday Night Match Up Show……which was hosted by legendary ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman and former NFL player /  coach, Allie Sherman….who…

Music – 1982 – Strippers – Put To Credits Of The HBO Special By The Same Name – Strippers

Gwen Verdon (January 13, 1925 – October 18, 2000) was an American actress and dancer….who won  four Tony Awards for her musical comedy performances…..and served as an uncredited choreographer’s assistant and specialty dance coach for theater and film. With flaming red hair and a quaver in her voice, Verdon was a critically acclaimed performer on Broadway in the 1950s, 1960s, and…

Music – 1983 – Aretha Franklin – Search On – Performed Live At Mr Lucky’s Nightclub

Aretha Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist…..who began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan…..where her father C. L. Franklin was minister.  At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular musical career as a recording artist for Columbia Records….and while her career…