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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Austin City Limits: The Early 80s

Austin City Limits: 1981-1985

The onset of the 1980s brought even more diversity to the program lineup of Austin City Limits. The intimate venue saw the ACL debut of B.B. King in a full hour concert, featuring performances of "The Thrill Is Gone" and "Love Me Tender." His electrifying mix of country and blues was a perfect fit for the program, which was constantly reaching for exceptional musicians and songwriters.

In 1982, the now-familiar Austin skyline backdrop was first used, and becomes the permanent look of Austin City Limits. First time performances by Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, John Anderson and George Strait highlight this landmark season.

The genre crossover continued with such diverse acts as Kris Kristofferson, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the LeRoi Brothers and Neil Young. (The 80s were in full effect too, just listen to some of these cheesy songs!)

In 1985, ACL celebrated its 10th anniversary with an outdoor concert headlined by Bob Wills' Original Texas Playboys. The first episode ever taped outside the KLRU studios, a crowd of 5,000 are entertained at the huge celebration. The performance is broadcast as the premiere episode of 1985. Other highlights of that season would be The Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill and Glen Campbell.

Coming up: Austin City Limits 1986-1990

Previously: Austin City Limits 1975-1980


  • At Tue Aug 09, 01:55:00 PM EDT, Blogger Amanda said…

    * "Fly Me To The Moon" - Jethro Burns
    * "New Dawg's Rag" - David Grisman
    * "Bandido Rock" - Joe "King" Carrasco
    * "Who Were You Thinking Of" - Sir Douglas Quintet
    * "Orange Room" - Leo Kottke
    * "The Healing Hands Of Time" - Willie Nelson
    * "Polk Salad Annie" - Tony Joe White
    * "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" - Gary Stewart
    * "That's The Way Love Goes" - Johnny Rodriguez
    * "Tennessee River" - Alabama
    * "For The Good Times" - Ray Price
    * "Cotton-Eyed Joe" - Asleep At The Wheel
    * "Losing Kind Of Love" - Lacy J. Dalton
    * "The Legend Of Wooley Swamp" - Charlie Daniels
    * "Cielito Lindo" - Riders In The Sky
    * "Blue Grass Breakdown" - Bill Monroe
    * "Kaw-Liga" - Charley Pride
    * "Her Name Is" - George Jones
    * "Under The Double Eagle" - Roy Clark
    * "Vincent" - Don McLean
    * "Fool Hearted Memory" - George Strait
    * "Take Me To Your Lovin' Place" - Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers
    * "Talk About Sufferin'" - Ricky Skaggs
    * "1959" - John Anderson
    * "Misery & Gin" - Merle Haggard
    * "South Coast Of Texas" - Guy Clark
    * "Pickin' Up Strangers" - Johnny Lee
    * "Eastbound And Down" - Jerry Reed
    * "(The Wallflower) Dance With Me, Henry" - Chet Atkins
    * "I Can Help" - Billy Swan
    * "Me And Bobby McGee" - Kris Kristofferson
    * "Queen Of Hearts" - Rodney Crowell
    * "Born To Run" - Emmylou Harris
    * "High Society" - Pete Fountain
    * "House Of Blue Lights" - George Thorogood
    * "Steal My Thunder" - David Olney
    * "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man" - Loretta Lynn
    * "King Of The Road" - Roger Miller
    * "Fire And Smoke" - Earl Thomas Conley
    * "Another Chance" - Tammy Wynette
    * "Backside Of Thirty" - John Conlee
    * "Lipstick, Powder & Paint" - Delbert McClinton
    * "Your Memory" - Steve Wariner
    * "Blue Moon With Heartache" - Rosanne Cash
    * "Down To My Last Broken Heart" - Janie Fricke
    * "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" - B.J. Thomas
    * "Night Life" - B.B. King
    * "Shame On The Moon" - Rodney Crowell
    * "Grandpa Was A Carpenter" - John Prine
    * "Georgia On A Fast Train" - Billy Joe Shaver
    * "Listen To The Radio" - Don Williams (Country)
    * "Pancho & Lefty" - Townes Van Zandt
    * "True Love Ways" - Mickey Gilley
    * "Party Time" - T.G. Sheppard
    * "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" - Roy Orbison
    * "She's Tough" - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    * "Rude Mood" - Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
    * "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" - Sons Of The Pioneers
    * "Live Fast, Love Hard, And Die Young" - Faron Young
    * "Our Paths May Never Cross" - George Strait
    * "I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I'M Gonna Be A Diamond Some Day)" - John Anderson
    * "Love Has No Pride" - Bonnie Raitt
    * "Check This Action" - The LeRoi Brothers
    * "Honey Hush" - Sleepy LaBeef
    * "Country Sunshine" - Dottie West
    * "Last Date" - Floyd Cramer
    * "Willie, Waylon And Me" - David Allen Coe
    * "We're Over" - Johnny Rodriguez
    * "A Pirate Looks At Forty" - Jimmy Buffett
    * "In The Middle Of The Night" - New Grass Revival
    * "The Love She Found In Me" - Gary Morris
    * "What'd I Say" - Ray Charles
    * "Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands" - Lee Greenwood
    * "You Win Again" - Jerry Lee Lewis
    * "William Tell Overture" - Glen Campbell
    * "Fire And Smoke" - Earl Thomas Conley
    * "Never Alone" - Vince Gill
    * "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)" - Larry Gatlin And The Gatlin Brothers
    * "There's A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)" - Nanci Griffith
    * "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" - Juice Newton
    * "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)" - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    * "Banana Republics" - Steve Goodman
    * "Bristol Shore" - Eric Johnson
    * "Musta Notta Gotta Lotta" - Joe Ely
    * "Don't Cheat In Our Hometown" - Ricky Skaggs
    * "Mama He's Crazy" - The Judds
    * "Drivin' My Life Away (Single/LP Version)" - Eddie Rabbitt
    * "Bob Wills Is Still The King" - Waylon Jennings
    * "Woke Up In Love" - Exile
    * "New Delhi Freight Train" - Terry Allen
    * "Heart Of Gold" - Neil Young
    * "Bobbie Sue" - The Oak Ridge Boys

  • At Mon Aug 15, 12:21:00 AM EDT, Anonymous mark said…

    Wow - Fantasic job putting these lists together Amanda. Thanks!

  • At Tue Aug 16, 03:59:00 PM EDT, Blogger drake leLane said…

    these are great!

    aren't these long-ass playlists a bitch to present? maybe it's just me ;)


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