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The Joe Montana.

Joe Montana, arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game (certainly Tom Brady, and Johnny Unitas, are in the conversation) (with apologies to Steve DeBerg), is shown here with footage of one of his greatest feats/moments: The Drive to win Super Bowl XXIII. The legendary Genius, Bill Walsh, was coaching his final game, which upped the ante, even for a championship contest. There was no room for error. With ever-so-calm, surgical precision, and poetic flair, The Great One made it happen, as was seemingly preordained by β€œHeaven Gods”, as commentator (from the β€œother” Football) Ray Hudson might proclaim. Announcer Lon Simmons, one of the best, is featured (!).

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Joe Knows.

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Frankie Lymon Music music videos Singers videos vocalists

π…π«πšπ§π€π’πž 𝐋𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐧.

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers perform their monster hit Why Do Fools Fall In Love live on the Frankie Laine Show in 1956. The 13 year old Lymon simply sizzles and electrifies the Nation with this performance; the prodigy already has a fully formed vocal delivery many talents never attain. Words have a different sound, and even meaning, coming from his mouth. Note the maestro-ism in his approach: rather than hitting the same nail with the selfsame hammer, he eschews the falsetto moments for a more Joe Williams-esque way forward. His stage presence is magnetic yet composed, and, oh, Lymon is a brilliant dancer, too. Other than that, well….but wait! He gives a calm, charming interview (of sorts) with host Laine. I suppose all that’s good enough. Good enough to massively influence generations of musicians, most conspicuously a certain One-GlovΓ¨d individual. To MJ‘s credit, he was quite open about this. That said, a wide swath was cut, and a vast-ish net was cast: heck, The Beach Boys have noted him as an inspiration.

Now, to give a bit of context to this groundbreaking performance. Frankie Lymon met and quickly joined a doo-wop ensemble featuring the doddering, shambling Methuselean figure Herman Santiago, checking in at a full 1 1/2 years older than Frankie L. He was 15 when all appeared on the Laine program. A tenor vocalist and the human being most likely to have actually composed Why Do Fools Fall In Love (it has been disputed for 2.3 epochs at last count…), Santiago functioned as the ensemble’s frontman until something became crystal clear: Lymon was The One. Santiago was the one (small case) scheduled to sing lead on Why during recording sessions until, for reasons which are different depending upon who(m) is asked (late arrival to session, sore throat, missing merkin collection and intensive, time-consuming search required to retrieve same…) (said collection remains at large to this very day), he was unable to do so. Lymon unhesitatingly filled the void, in the session, in our lives, and in human history. I have grown fatigued/verklempt.

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Frankie Lymon VI - with George Goldner
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Eric Carmen Music music videos Singers videos vocalists

The Eric Carmen.

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The great vocalist/pianist/composer performs both solo and with his group Raspberries.

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Charisma finger pointing GIFs Hand Usage Ian Anderson Jethro Tull Music music videos Singers videos vocalists

π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ πΌπ‘Žπ‘› π΄π‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘ π‘œπ‘›/π½π‘’π‘‘β„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘œ π‘‡π‘’𝑙𝑙.

These gents are titans of prog, rock, prog-rock…and then there’s the mind-boggling talents and idiosyncrasies of Mr. Ian Anderson.

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Ian Anderson II - Flute Wielding and Thrusting
Ian Anderson III - Ritual and Big Finish

Thaumaturge, wizard, vocalist/performer/showman supreme. Mr. Ian Anderson.

Note: Revised 7/31/2019.

And sneaking in at the last moment……..1977, Golders Green Hippodrome.

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The Usage of Hands, and Variants.

David Bowie IAElvis Costello - Finger Pointing IIIGary Oldman - Mozart - Hand Usage IIJarvis Cocker - HandMarc Almond IMorrissey - You Shut Your Mouth II - makeagifScott Walker - Hand Usage - 4Syd Barrett - Why Can't You See III

Gary Oldman - Mozart - Hand Usage

Extraordinary, nonpareil Usage of Hands/Finger Pointing by some of the greats.

Ian Anderson II - Flute Wielding and ThrustingIan Anderson III - Ritual and Big Finish

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Pointing. Cranium-circling. Thrusting. Jabbing. Ritualistic. Improbable. All are to be found.

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The Great Warren Zevon.

Mr. Warren Z, non-perfunctorily, does *not* mail it in. Talkin’ about The Man.

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Ramones.

Joey Ramone leaves no doubt in these masterful performances of his total command of the vocal art. Remarkably inventive, powerful, sublime.

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The Buzzcocks, and Pete Shelley.

Pete Shelley V

Pete Shelley VII

 

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Audio Electric Light Orchestra Jeff Lynne Music Singers videos

𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑬𝑳𝑢, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑴𝒂𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐 𝑱𝒆𝒇𝒇 π‘³π’šπ’π’π’†.

Steppin’ Out.
The Way Life’s Meant To Be.
From the End of the World.

The stunning talents of Jeff Lynne. Quite something. Few are his peers.

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Audio Bee Gees Music music videos Singers videos vocalists

π“π‘πž 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐑𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐆𝐒𝐛𝐛.

One of the finest song-delivering groups of an era, here are more-than-a-few magical moments with the Bee Gees.