Music – 1983 – Roger Miller + Willie Nelson Duet – Old Friends – With Willie Playing Electric Guitar

Roger Miller continued to record for different record labels….and charted a few songs….but stopped writing in 1978….after feeling that his more “artistic” works were not appreciated….as he disappeared from the entertainment business following the release of “Old Friends” in 1981….but returned after receiving an offer to write a Broadway score for a musical based upon Mark Twain’s Adventures…

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Music – 1983 – The Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets – Performed At Live Farewell Concert

“Takin’ It to the Streets“ is a song by the American rock band The Doobie Brothers from the album of the same name…..which was their first single with Michael McDonald on vocals….who had written the song…. which peaked at # 13 in the US….and # 7 in Canada.  By late 1974, touring was beginning to take its toll on the band, especially leader Tom…

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Music – 1983 – Roger Miller – King Of The Road – Performed Live On Austin City Limits

“King of the Road“ is a song written and originally recorded in 1964 by country singer/songwriter Roger Miller….as the lyrics tell of the day-to-day life of a vagabond hobo….who despite being poor….a “man of means by no means”….revels in his freedom by describing himself humorously or possibly cynically as the “king of the road”….as it was Miller’s fifth single…

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Music – 1983 – The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes – Featuring Michael McDonald

“What a Fool Believes“ is a song written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins…..as the best-known version was recorded by The Doobie Brothers with McDonald singing lead vocals for their 1978 album  Minute by Minute…..which debuted at # 73 on January 20, 1979….and reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 14, 1979 for one week…..as the song received Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song…

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Music – 1983 – Jose Feliciano – The Star Spangled Banner – Sung At Holmes Vs Williams Title Fight

On October 7, 1968, at the height of protests against the Vietnam War, Feliciano was invited by Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Tiger Stadium in Detroit during Game 5 pre-game ceremonies of the 1968 World Series between the Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals….as his personalized, slow, Latin jazz performance proved highly controversial and damaging to Jose’s career in the months, even…

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Music – 1983 – The Doobie Brothers – Something Has Got A Hold Of Me – Live Farewell Concert

Minute by Minute‘s triumph was bittersweet because it coincided with the near-dissolution of the band…. as the pressure of touring while recording and releasing an album each year had worn the members down….for Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Michael McDonald had been in creative conflict for some time….when McDonald desired a direct, soulful and polished rock/R&B sound….while…

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Music – 1981 – Michael Murphey & The Great American Honky Tonk Band – Cowboy Cadillac – Live At ACL

In 1982, Michael Murphey signed with Liberty Records and produced two original albums….Michael Martin Murphey and The Heart Never Lies….as well as a compilation of re-recorded versions of his A&M, Epic, and Liberty hits called The Best of Michael Martin Murphey. In the early 1980’s, Murphey had significant commercial success with hits like “Still Taking Chances”, “Disenchanted”, “Don’t Count the Rainy…

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Music – 1983 – Doobie Brothers – Minute By Minute – Featuring Michael McDonald – Live In Concert

“Minute by Minute” is a song written by Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams….which was originally released by the Doobie Brothers on their 1978 album Minute by Minute….as the single was released in April 1979….which debuted at # 67 and eventually reaching # 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart….and It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year….but lost out to the Doobie Brothers’ own “What…

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Music – 1983 – Roger Miller – I Cant Go Home This Way – A Fiddle Swing Tune

Roger Miller (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor …..who was widely known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs….along with his chart-topping  country and pop hits “King of the Road”, “Dang Me” and “England Swings”….all of which were conceived  from the mid-1960’s Nashville sound era. After growing up in Oklahoma and serving in the United States Army…..Miller began his musical…

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