Music – 1978 – Steve Martin – King Tut – Performed Live On Stage In New York City

“King Tut“ is a novelty song performed by Steve Martin and The Toot Uncommons …. who were actually members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band….as the song was released as a single in 1978….which sold over a million copies….and reached # 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart…..as Martin previewed the song in a live performance during the April 22, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live….and the song was…

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Music – 1982 – Down Home Country Music With Charlie Pride – Featuring Terri Gibb + Steve Wariner

Terri Gibbs is an American country music artist who between 1980 and 2017 recorded eleven studio albums….including four for MCA Records and one for Warner Bros. Records….as she also charted 13 singles on the Billboard country singles charts during her career….including her debut single “Somebody’s Knockin’”….which reached # 8 on the country charts….# 13 on the pop charts….and # 3 on the Adult Contemporary charts….while she also entered…

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Music – 1982 – The Commodores – We Gonna Tear This Mother Down – Performed Live In Concert

The Commodores original band was managed by Benny Ashburn….who brought them to his family’s vacation lodge on Martha’s Vineyard in 1971 and 1972…..where Ashburn test marketed the group by having them play in parking lots and summer festivals….plus, The Commodores made a brief appearance in the 1978 film Thank God It’s Friday….and they performed the song “Too…

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Music – 1982 – The Stripper – Put To Credits Of The HBO Special By The Same Name – With Gwen Verdon

“The Stripper“ is an instrumental composed by David Rose….which was recorded in 1958….and released four years later….as it evinces a jazz influence with especially prominent trombone slides….while evoking the feel of music used to accompany striptease artists. “The Stripper” reached # 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 chart in July, 1962…..which became a gold record….as  Billboard ranked the record as the # 5 song of 1962….as the tune came into prominence by…

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Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Georgia On My Mind – Sung Live At Austin City Limit

“Georgia on My Mind“ is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell….while being first recorded that year…..albeit has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U.S. state of Georgia….who recorded it for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road….when in 1979, the State of Georgia designated it the official state song. Willie Nelson recorded the song on his Stardust album…

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Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Crazy – Sung Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Crazy“ is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson….which has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline, whose version was a # 2 country hit in 1962.  Partly due to the genre-blending nature of the song….it has been covered by dozens of artists in several genres over the years….nevertheless, the song remains inextricably linked with Cline….as…

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Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Instrumental – Beer Barrell Polka – Live At ACL

“Beer Barrel Polka“, also known as “Roll Out the Barrel“, is a song which became popular worldwide during World War II….as the music was composed by the Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927….then  Eduard Ingriš wrote the first arrangement of the piece….after Vejvoda came upon the melody and sought Ingriš’s help in refining it.  At that time, it was…

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Music – 1981 – Tal Farrow + Red Mitchel + Cedar Walton – Jazz Trio Medley Of Songs

Tal Farlow (June 7, 1921 – July 25, 1998) was an American jazz guitarist….who was nicknamed “Octopus” because of how his large, quick hands spread over the fretboard….as Steve Rochinski notes, “Of all the guitarists to emerge in the first generation after Charlie Christian, Tal Farlow, more than any other, has been able to move beyond the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic…

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Music – 1981 – Willie Nelson & The Family Band – Somewhere Over The Rainbow – With Credits For ACL

In this 1981 Austin City Limits performance by Willie Nelson & The Family Band singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”….while the ACL credits scroll by as they showcase the many folks who had a hand in bringing one of the best weekly music programs on television for the past 50+ years….cuz they deserve our salute, since we have posted…

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