Category Archives: Sunday Morning Video

Sunday Morning Video: Austin City Limits Songwriters Special

This 2008 episode features the late Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, and token non-Texan, John Hiatt:

Sunday Morning Video: Happy New Year

Here’s the second set from the Grateful Dead’s 1990 NYE show at the Oakland Coliseum complete with a long countdown and balloon drop. The music starts at the 4:13 mark:


Sunday Morning Video: Asia Live In Basel


The original Asia lineup of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and John Wetton regrouped in 2006 and made some terrific music. This 2010 show was from a tour in support of the Omega album.

It’s lagniappe time. It’s a 1983 MTV show with the late Greg Lake filling in for John Wetton on bass and vocals. Lake was an awkward fit with Asia so this was strictly a one-off thing.

Sunday Morning Video: The French Resistance

Since I’ve gone on about les Maquis, here’s a pretty good documentary about the French Resistance. It’s an episode of the Secrets of War series and is narrated by Charlton Heston:

Sunday Morning Video: The Most Dangerous Game


You’re not seeing double. This is not my post-election piece, The Most Dangerous Game, it’s the 1932 movie that inspired that post. This atmospheric black and white horror flick involved many of the same people who went on to make King Kong the next year.

Sunday Morning Video: Leon Russell Live On Homewood Session

It’s our final tribute to the late, great Leon Russell. It’s Leon and friends on a homey Los Angeles teevee show hosted by the film critic Charles Champlin. R.I.P. Leon.


Sunday Morning Video: The Jayhawks On The Radio

Dr. A and I saw the Jayhawks for the second time this year. This time it was at home at Tipitina’s, which is a stone’s throw from Adrastos World HQ. They were great.

They’ve been doing a slew of radio gigs to promote their tour and new album Paging Mr. Proust. Here are some of them:

Sunday Morning Video: Chicago Blues

Here’s a 1972 documentary featuring some of the biggest names in the blues as well as Studs Terkel and Dick Gregory:


Sunday Morning Video: Mark Knopfler-A Night In London

Here’s a 1996 show featuring guest appearances by Jools Holland and Sonny Landreth.

Sunday Morning Video: The Temptations Live

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This week’s SMV begins with a Temptations set from 1983. The lineup features Dennis Edwards as the primary vocalist. He had some pretty snazzy dance moves as well.

The second clip is an excerpt from a show featuring former Temptations David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, and our old buddy Dennis Edwards. Dennis replaced Ruffin in the Temps and sang lead on some of their grittier numbers such as Ball of Confusion and Papa Was A Rolling Stone.

Finally, here are Kendricks and Ruffin at Live Aid with Hall & Oates:

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Sunday Morning Video: Miles Davis Quintet Live In Germany

It’s time to follow-up on the Saturday post. The year is 1967. The players are Ron Carter on bass, Herbie Hancock on piano, Tony Williams on drums, Wayne Shorter on saxophone, and the man himself, Miles Davis on trumpet.


Sunday Morning Video: Albert Collins Live In Quebec

Are you ready for the Iceman?



Sunday Morning Video: Earth Wind & Fire Live By Request

This is the third time I’ve posted an episode of this A&E series. It clearly works for me. This show aired in 1999:

Sunday Morning Video: Deep Purple Live At California Jam

I won’t use any purple prose today. And I won’t try to out scream David Coverdale: my vocal chords couldn’t take it.


Sunday Morning Video: Blues Britannia

This week’s selection is a 2009 BBC documentary about Sixties British blues rock. It has  a swell full title, Blues Britannia: Can Blue Men Sing The Whites. It features some terrific talking heads: Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Mick Fleetwood, and Ian Anderson to name but a few.

Sunday Morning Video: Bobby and the Midnites Live

Bobby and the Midnites were a 1980’s side project of the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. They had a helluva rhythm  section with Billy Cobham on drums and Kenny Gradney of Little Feat on bass. Here’s a 1984 show from the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey:

Sunday Morning Video: Pete Fountain R.I.P.


Jazz icon and hometown hero Pete Fountain died Saturday morning at the age of 86. Pete was a beloved figure here in New Orleans and even those of us who never met him feel like we lost an old friend. Pete and his clarinet were a part of the cultural fabric of our city. Every Mardi Gras morning, Pete and his Half-Fast Walking Club would meander from Uptown to the French Quarter barhopping and playing music along the way. It was familiar and comforting to know they’d be on the street with the rest of us. I suspect they’ll roll next year but Pete will be missed. He was irreplaceable.

This week’s Sunday Morning Video is a 1979 set by Pete and his crack band at Wolf Trap:

Pete is gone but his music is eternal; if there’s an afterlife he’s already jamming with his old pal Al Hirt like it was 1979:

Sunday Morning Video: John Mellencamp Live By Request

After I wrote my last convention wrap up post with its ode to liberal patriotism, I had Pink Houses in my head for days. Hence this 2004 program from A&E before they devoted their programming to shit like Duck Dynasty. Anyway, here’s John Mellencamp posing the eternal question: “Ain’t that America?” It’s the last numbah.