Music – 1979 – NIGHT – Hot Summer Nights

Night was a rock band formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, California….whose personnel were veteran British-based session musicians…..with vocalists Stevie Vann (aka Stevie Lange) and Chris Thompson….who  had met when Vann had provided backing vocals for the 1978 album Watch by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band….which was then fronted by Thompson. Soon afterwards Thompson invited Vann to join him in a new group known as Bones….after having recently disbanded and…

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

Edward Kennedy “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 six decades.  Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1965….but no prize was ultimately awarded that year…..when at 66 years old, he joked that…

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Music – 1980 – Don Williams – Amanda – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“Amanda“ is a 1973 song written by Bob McDill….while being recorded by both Don Williams in 1973 and Waylon Jennings in 1974….which was Waylon Jennings’s eighth solo # 1 on the country chart. The single stayed at # 1 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. As recorded by Jennings, “Amanda” had been a track on his 1974 album The Ramblin’ Man….but…

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Music – 1976 – Joe Cocker + John Belushi – Feelin’ Alright – Sung Live On Stage In New York City

“Feelin’ Alright“ is a song written by Dave Mason of the English rock band Traffic for their eponymous 1968 album Traffic….which was also released as a single….while reaching # 123 on the US charts….but failed to chart in the UK….after which Joe Cocker performed a more popular rendition of the song….as both Traffic’s and Cocker’s versions appear in the 2012 movie Flight. The song had…

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Music – 1980 – Marty Robbins – El Paso – Performed Live On Stage At Austin City Limits

“El Paso“ is a country and western ballad written and originally recorded by Marty Robbins….while first being released on his Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs album in September 1959….and was released as a single the following month….as it became a major hit on both the country and pop music charts….after  reaching # 1 in both at the start of 1960….plus, It won the Grammy Award for Best Country &…

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Music – 1980 – Joe Williams – Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me – Kennedy Center For Duke Ellington

“Do Nothing till You Hear from Me“ is a song with music by Duke Ellington….and lyrics by Bob Russell…. which was originated as a 1940 instrumental….“Concerto for Cootie”….that was designed to highlight the playing of Ellington’s lead trumpeter, Cootie Williams….whereas Russell’s words were added later.  In 1944, Ellington’s own recording of the song was a # 1 hit on the R&B chart for eight…

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Music – 1980 – Ludwig Van Beethoven – Ode To Joy – With Sights + Moments Of Lake Placid Olympics

“Ode to Joy“ is an ode (poem) written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller….and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza. “Ode to Joy” is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final (fourth) movement of…

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Music – 1982 – Debbie Harry + Blondie Band – Accidents Never Happen In A Perfect World

Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein…..as the band were pioneers in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres….and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until…

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Music – 1982 Cheap Trick – Unknown Song – Live In Concert In Chicago

Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois….which was formed in 1973….with a classic lineup consisting of vocalist Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson and drummer  Bun E. Carlos….who released their debut album in 1977….while first finding success in Japan with the release of its second album, In Color, later that year. The band would achieve mainstream popularity in the United States in…

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