TV Ads – 1978 – Actor Bill Murray For Swill Mineral Water – Bottled From Lake Erie

There is no question that Bill Murray is a comedic genius….who can jump from left field to right field without the slightest appearance of change….whether it be a comedy scene….or a dramatic scene….he always looks the same….and yet you never really know what will come out of his mouth….evidenced by him being the pitch-man for…

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TV Ads – 1979 – Command Performance Hair Salons Austin + NFL On NBC Promo + Conans Pizza Of Austin

Conan’s Pizza of Austin has been an “Austin Icon”…..much like Dirty Martin’s Hamburger Joint….which just happens to be right down the street from Conan’s original location….and since the roots of ImaSportsphile is none other than Austin, Texas….we thought we would tell you the story of Conan’s Pizza as told by the restaurant itself as follows: It…

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TV Ads – 1977 – Listermint Mouth Wash + Shirley Jones For Sunbeam Coney Island Steamer + Midas Shock Absorbers

Somewhere between 1977 and 2019, Listermint Mouth Wash became Listerine Mouth Wash….television star actress Shirley Jones pitched the Sunbeam Coney Island Hot Dog Steamer, which is still an available product today in 2019….and Midas Mufflers & Shocks is now Midas Auto Parts & Service stores….so, all three of these products in these 1977 television commercials…..are…

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Music – 1980 – Kennedy Center Presents A Salute To Duke – With Sarah Vaughn + Ella Fitzgerald Et Al

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and leader of a jazz orchestra….which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than fifty years.  Although Duke was born in Washington, D.C….he lived in New York City from the mid-1920’s until his death….while gaining a national profile through…

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Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Just Because You Are Near – Sung Live At Constitution Hall

Ray Charles had so many successful and popular recordings throughout his long and distinguished singing career which spanned the better part of 60 years from 1947 to 2004…..with dozens and dozens of hits along the way…..after having recorded literally 100’s and 100’s of songs that charted from 1956 to 1996….as Brother Ray possessed one of the most…

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Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Grow Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1965….but no prize was ultimately awarded that year…..and being then 66 years old, he joked….”Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be famous too young.”….and in 1999 he was posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer Prize “commemorating the centennial year of his birth, in recognition of…

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Music – 1982 – Quarterflash – Find Another Fool – Performed Live In Concert

It is rare to find a female who plays the saxophone really well….cuz here at ImaSportsphile….we have always thought of the sax as a male instrument….with the shape….and the sounds that come out of it…., they all just look and sound very male….I mean, just think about it….can you think of any great female sax…

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Music – 1953 – Bob Hope + Rosemary Clooney – You’ve Got Class – From Movie Here Come The Girls

Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney starred in several movies together during the mid-1950’s…..including White Christmas in 1954…..which is still today an all time favorite holiday movie in 2019….and Here Come The Girls in 1955….so, they were song and dance partners from way back in the day.  In this video herewith….they sing a duet “You’ve Got Class” in a clip…

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Music – 1980 – Joe Williams – Those Who Are Lonely Too – Kennedy Center Salute To Duke Ellington

As the Depression worsened….the recording industry was in crisis….while dropping over 90% of its artists by 1933….that is when Ivie Anderson was hired as the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s featured vocalist in 1931….as she is the vocalist on “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” in 1932….while Sonny Greer had been providing occasional vocals….and as…

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