*Not many artists had the resume like this gent. He was a big Beatles fan, so he checked off a box of accomplishment when he played at George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh. He played with Jerry Lee Lewis because he never got a chance to play with Elvis...so he did the next best thing. As a session musician he's played with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Band, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Byrds and Willie Nelson. His collaboration with Elton John was his final and most moving effort. Name the artist...
*We'll play a track that is the name of this band's 3rd album. There is a title track, but when recording it for the album, the band did not like how it sounded. The result was...it never made the album. They brought it back 2 years later in 1970 and put it on their 5th studio album. Name the band and the song...
*The Woodstock Music Festival is legendary in U.S. concert lore. For Woodstock fans, you probably know who the very first performer was at the festival. We'll play a track that artist performed, one of a few cover versions of songs by a band he really liked...and he covered them quite nicely...Name the performer and the band he enjoyed covering...
*We'll play a song this artist wrote with legendary session guitarist, Waddy Wachtel. The artist was working with the Everly Brothers at the time, and he hired Wachtel for that session. Phil Everly asked the pair to write them a dance song. While jamming on their guitars, someone asked what they were playing and Wachtel just started howling. It never got done for The Everly Brothers. Jackson Browne produced the song with backing vocals by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie from Fleetwood Mac...a song that became one of, if not the most, popular tracks ever for this artist. Name the artist and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Summer Breeze by Isley Brothers vs Whose Cadillac Is That by War
1. Leon Russell 2. Doors, Waiting for the Sun 3. Richie Havens, Beatles
4. Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London
Listeners picked War with 54% of the votes
*We'll dip into a concept album based on western/American themes from 1970. This particular song is similar to Wilfred Owen's WW1 poem, Strange Meeting, in which a soldier meets the man who killed him on the battlefield. Name the great song's creators and the track for extra credit...
*Talk about unexpected consequences...This artist's 9th studio album and her last of 3 albums to top the Billboard album charts in 1978, featured a front cover of the rollerskating artist in an exercise outfit. The artist's popularity with popular culture at the time was noted to have a profound impact on the popularity of skating in the U.S. at the time. Name the artist...
*This artist was a California kid who played organ like Ray Charles and had a singing voice that sounded like a surfer dude. We'll play his biggest hit from 1971, after which, he seemed to pull off a huge disappearing act. If you didn't know the meaning of the song before...you'll know what the artist means afterwards...Name the artist and the song...
*A 1970 song we'll enjoy today has a gospel-based melody inspired by the artist's new relationship with Rita Coolidge who also provided backup vocals on the song. 5 other backing vocalists joined in the bridge and the refrain including Graham Nash, David Crosby, John Sebastion and Cass Elliott. Recommended listening position for this song...sitting down. Name the artist and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Lowdown by Boz Skaggs vs Gloria by Van Morrison
1. Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Where To Now St. Peter? 2. Linda Ronstadt
3. Lee Michaels, Do You Know What I Mean 4. Stephen Stills, Sit Yourself Down
Continuing a series of close voting, listeners picked Van Morrison with 52% of the votes
*Few groups that established themselves in the 1960's survived the transition into the 1970's better than this particular band. Like many of the San Francisco bands, they were initially a young blues band that developed into one of the pioneers of the psychedelic rock scene. Name the band that is a staple of Shiraz Alikhan's shows
*We'll play the very 1st hit by a Cleveland, Ohio band from the mid-60's, just one of 4 songs that charted for the band that year. The writer of this song started writing it in 1958, but it took 7 years to get it recorded and released. The lead singer for the band was also the lead singer (Sonny Geraci) for a one-hit wonder band and the song, Precious and Few. The drummer (Jim Fox) of the band on their 1st album later formed The James Gang with Joe Walsh.
Can you name the band, their 1st hit? And extra credit for the name of the band that did Precious And Few...
*Bob Dylan wrote this song with only 3 chords and a simple melody. It started out as a song called 'Up To Me', a song recorded by another artist the following year. Dylan re-named the song based on a line from Creedence Clearwater Revival's, 'Who'll Stop The Rain?' The song expresses the sadness of not knowing what you have until its gone. It's not 'Up To Me'...but name the song when Dylan released it in 1975.
*Eric Clapton had some help writing this track from an artist who is listed on the album as "L'angelo Misterioso" who also played rhythm guitar on the song. The title has nothing to do with the song and was actually named by mistake when Clapton misread his co-writer's notes. The track was one of only 3 studio recordings on Cream's last album and had actually broken up by the time the album was released. Name the co-writer and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Somebody to Love by Queen vs Question by Moody Blues
1. Steve Miller Band 2. The Outsiders, Time Won’t Let Me , Climax
3. Shelter From The Storm 4. George Harrison, Badge
Listeners picked Moody Blues with 52% of the votes
*Once upon a time there was a band known as Nite Shift...a backup group actually for an NFL player who had dreams of becoming a soul singer. That didn't quite work out, as the band eventually shook things up, changing their name, while adding a new lead singer. So many things to guess here...name the NFL player, the new name of the band and singer who joined them...
*This artist was flying his seaplane into the coast of Negril when Jamaican police, who thought it was smuggling drugs, shot repeatedly at the plane even blowing out the windshield. No one, fortunately, was hurt, even one high profile guest, Bono, and his family. Name the artist owner of the plane and furthermore, enjoy the song about the incident...
*Some say New Orleans is a different world unto itself. In his autobiographical album, this artist sings about a time his father came home from serving in WWII, sharing news that 'we' won the war. The New Orleans community apparently hadn't received the news yet and declared themselves winners of the war. They just didn't know WHAT war. Name the artist and song...
*This Beatles song was a very early Lennon-McCartney composition from 1958 that McCartney actually started writing at the age of 16. The song was, in the Beatles eyes...their first hit that launched them into the songwriting machine they became. Name the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Higher Love by Steve Winwood vs The End Of The Innocence by Don Henley
1. Deacon Jones, War, Eric Burdon 2. Jimmy Buffett, Jamaica Mistaica
3. Randy Newman, New Orleans Wins The War 4. Love Me Do
Listeners picked Don Henley with 55% of the votes
*k.d. lang wrote and recorded a song in 1992, the chorus of which was self-determined to sound very much like the chorus of the Rolling Stones track we'll play tonight. The Stones paid her royalties as a result. Name both songs
*This trio of artists first sang together during an informal jam at the house of Cass Elliott, of whom they all were quite fond. She was the only one to sing backing vocals on the album and the track we'll enjoy tonight. Name the band...
*This Beatles song was condemned for perceived references to drug usage, but Paul McCartney who wrote the track, while he understood how it could be construed as such, tried to dispel that interpretation by claiming it to be a song about repairs he undertook at his farmhouse on the west coast of Scotland. Neme the song...
*Alan Parsons wrote this song that he believes to be somewhat of a sad song, stating it's been an inspiration for many people who are growing old or have become ill. The song has actually been played at funerals on occasion. Name the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Time Machine by Grand Funk Railroad vs Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp
1. Constant Craving by k.d. lang, Anybody Seen My Baby? By The Rolling Stones
2. Crosby, Stills & Nash 3. Fixing a Hole 4. Time
Listeners picked Supertramp with 55% of the votes
*This artist was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and at first tried becoming a police officer like his father and brother...it didn't take. He took off for San Francisco and Cal-Berkely where he met a sorority girl (an Alpha Pi), whose mother did everything in her power split the two. She wanted her daughter to meet a nice doctor or lawyer or CPA...anything but a musician. He wrote this song about taking a bus ride to the California Redwoods...but it could be to anywhere...he would provide the tickets. Name the artist and the song
*This song is about an aspiring actress, with the director/photographer promising her a big break. Was he just leading her on or not is unknown. The song is named after the aspiring actress and comes from a band known for exceptional quality and musicianship. Michael McDonald joined them on this track, singing backing vocals and they went through7 or 8 guitar players before they found the right one for the solo. Name the band and the song.
*This daughter of a late great artist wanted a career in music but her early gigs were highlighted by fears and insecurities that kept her from fully committing to the lifestyle. Enter the Father, who scooped her up in her mid-20's and put her in his blues band. Eventually she got her "road-dog" status with him and it forced her into deciding...music was 'it' for her. Her father wasn't just part of any band...but the band...
Name the father artist and the daughter...
*The band, Cream, didn't last that long due to some strange dynamics between members, but they did have a very successful farewell tour. They had an opening act for the tour and it basically turned out to be a bit of a 'coming out party' for the group. The band went on to hold the record for most performances at Madison Square Garden during the decade of the 70's. Name the band...
Battle Of The Bands!
For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield vs I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds
1. Eddie Money, Two Tickets To Paradise 2. Steely Dan, Peg
3. Levon Helm, Amy Helm 4. Yes
Listeners picked Buffalo Springfield with 53% of the votes
* This artist made a huge name for himself with his band back from 1977 to 1988 before a breakup due primarily to burnout. A recharge period led to a solo career and now the artist has a completely different attitude about writing songs (writes them alone and then records with the band) and says they are best played to a live audience (he now enjoys the whole circus surrounding touring). Name the artist
*Marvin Gaye co-wrote this song which became the biggest hit and trademark song for this group. The idea came to the writing team while they were riding through Detroit. During the summer, the city would sometimes open fire hydrants and let folks cool off....it looked a bit like they were dancing. The song was written during the height of the civil rights movement in the US and many African Americans interpreted it as a call to 'demonstrate in the streets' in many of the cities mentioned in the song...Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and a few others. Name the song and group that recorded it
*This song was inspired by the writer and performer watching the movie American Graffiti, released in 1973, but set in 1962. The song is actually about a couple losing their virginity in the back seat of a Chevy and the writer says the song is autobiographical. This midwestern artist did a number of songs about his experiences growing up as a kid. Name the artist and song...
*This artist was preparing music for a new album in 1975 and he decided that he would write a song for his once fellow bandmate and friend. He played the song for him and the two of them decided to collaborate again in the studio on this track. It was released as a single that year...a song about someone who hates the town he grew up in...somebody happy to get out. And the performer for whom it was written confirmed that he grew up in an area where a career in music was not seen as either desirable or exciting. Name the artists and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Levon by Elton John vs Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash
1. Mark Knopfler 2. Dancing In The Streets by Martha and the Vandellas
3. Bob Seger, Night Moves 4. Simon & Garfunkel, My Little Town
Listeners picked C,S & N going away with 54%
* The incredible Aretha Franklin recorded this song in 1974, 7 years after the co-writer and original recorder of it released it in 1967. Her version became a #1 hit on the R&B charts. The storyline...Aretha has decided to beg her man to come back, and she'll do whatever it takes to get his attention. He might just be a little freaked out when she taps on his window pane. Name the song and the artist who wrote and originally released it...
*A terrific track tells of an argument between two men (one blind) on 'an East Virginia farm'. After a while, their argument leads to death because the two men did not follow the golden rule as stated in the lyrics (but in different words). Name the song and album that it came from...an album created by the genius collaboration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin...
*A song can come from any inspiration, even the mundane, ordinary events of life. This band made a hit based on such an experience, when the bandmember who wrote it was riding a train as it pulled slowly out of the station past house after house...a gawker's paradise. Name the band and the song released in 1965...
*This artist received a Grammy Award nomination and a top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with this track that covered nearly a half-century of headline news and pop culture from 1949 to the recording date of the album in 1989. The lyrics were written first...the music came later...a first for this musician. Name the artist and song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Rosanna by Toto vs Help Is On its Way by Little River Band
1. Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do), Stevie Wonder
2. Son of Your Father, Tumbleweed Connection 3. Hollies, Look Through Any Window
4. Billy Joel, We Didn’t Start the Fire
Listeners picked Toto by a single vote
* The legendary Bob Dylan took up many causes with his library of music. For this one, Dylan performed 2 concerts in support of this cause....one at Madison Square Garden in December of 1975 along with Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Roberta Flack. The following month he took The Rolling Thunder Review to the Houston Astrodome with Stevie Wonder and Isacc Hayes. Name the cause and the song in support of the cause...
*Graham Nash wrote this song on a bet. He was home in Hawaii about to go off on tour and the guy taking him to the airport said...'We've got 15 minutes...I'll be you can't write a song in that amount of time.' The bet was taken as he was traveling to the airport on that day of travel and he named the song aptly...for his friend who made him the bet. Can you name the song?
*Back to Mr. Dylan again...he once famously said the following about this artist, saying that every time he heard one of his songs...'It's like I wish it would last forever.' As Dylan was not a big talker...this was some very high praise. Name the artist Dylan was inspired by...
*Back in 1967, this artist opened for The Monkees on their tour. When he played this particular song, the young girls who came for The Monkees and really had no interest in the opening act, shouted 'Davy' when the artist sang 'Lady' and turned the song into a tribute to their idol, Davy Jones. A movie character by the name of Garth really liked the song as well. Name the artist and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
White Room by Cream vs Inside Out by Traveling Wilburys
1. Rubin Carter Benefit, Hurricane 2. Just A Song Before I Go
3. Gordon Lightfoot 4. Jimi Hendrix, Foxy Lady
Listeners picked Cream by 59%
* This singer/songwriter wrote this 1975 classic song on a farm in Minnesota after touring with the group, The Band earlier that year. The inspiration for the song came from art classes he was taking from Norman Raeben who promoted looking at things from a 'nonlinear' perspective and reflect that in his songs. The song deals with all things going on in his life at the time. Name the artist and the song...that according to the artist took 'Ten years to live and two years to write'...
*Born in Anchorage, Kentucky, (yes there is such a place), this performer has done it all, including putting herself through college and then moved to NYC to make a name for herself in the music business. Her 1st solo album produced a hit single and she eventually garnered 7 Grammy Awards. She founded her own record company, Womanly Hips. Name the artist...
*The story behind this song has been passed down countless times and is no stranger to being changed each time. The artist sailed into the British Virgin Islands, experiencing some hard weather along the way. Tired and hungry and with few options for gourmet restaurants, he discovered the brand new Village Cay Marina and Restaurant in Roadtown. Turns out...it turned out to be paradise...Name the artist and the song....
*An album that is considered to be the best work by this band and frontman contained a picture of what appears to be the scene from the movie, The Wizard Of Oz. The track we'll enjoy was the first Top 40 hit for the band and was the result of an argument between the songwriter and his father. Name the band, the album and extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
I Put A Spell On You by Credence Clearwater Revival vs Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
1. Bob Dylan, Tangled Up In Blue 2. Joan Osborne 3. Jimmy Buffett, Cheeseburger in Paradise
4. Electric Light Orchestra, “Eldorado”, Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
Listeners picked Dire Straits by 55%