The Music Scene
is a television series aired by ABC as part of its Fall 1969 lineup. The show featured performances from the top musicians of the week as compiled by “Billboard Magazine” and had a number of hosts, including David Steinberg and Lily Tomlin. Many huge names of the era, including The Beatles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones on the initial program and Janis Joplin, Bobby Sherman, The Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley and Mama Cass Elliot, (who co-hosted as well as performed) among many others, appearing on subsequent shows. [more inside]
A remarkably diverse group of legendary musicians
have graced the stage of Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom
over the years: Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard
, the Sex Pistols
(one of seven stops on their one and only 1978 U.S. tour…the hole
in the drywall left by Sid Vicious’ fist is still backstage), the Ramones, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Blondie, The Talking Heads, U2, Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg, Morrissey, Beck, Wilco
, to name a few.
featuring Costello and several other artists who’ve played there is in the works, with proceeds supporting music education in Oklahoma and the upcoming Cain’s Ballroom Museum. Cain’s was recently named one of the top 10 live music venues
in the U.S.
From 1935 to 1942, Cain’s was home to Bob Wills
and The Texas Playboys, who popularized western swing music
with weekly dances and a national radio show
Me and Bobby McGee
This is worth watching if only to observe Jerry's keyboarding starting at 2:26.
"Window in the Sky"
is a YouTube style video synch mash-up done on a professional budget with the magic of copyright clearances. "It's a triumph of postmodern reconstruction"
says the Washington Post.