* This band's lead singer was in a long-term relationship in 1978 when he walked into a clothing store where a high school student (who had a boyfriend herself) worked. The age difference between them was 8 years, but that didn't deter the artist. With his girlfriend looking on, he invited the younger girl to a show. Ultimately a year later after they met, they started dating, even getting engaged at one point, but his lifestyle was just too much and after 5 years, everything ended. But not before this song that included her name became very popular. Name the band and song
*This band cut a follow-up album to their immensely successful 1974 album the following year, but the process was plagued by creative and artistic differences with members walking out on 3 different occasions. The band had lost its drummer in 1974 due to a drug overdose and that was a huge blow to the remaining members. The producer persevered and got the band through the recording of the new album. Name the funk and R& B band
*This band's singer and guitarist wrote the lyrics to this popular song while in a cab on the way to Heathrow airport. He just wrote down what he saw and how he felt as the cab was winding the way through traffic. He didn't end up singing the lead on this track, but that honor went to a singer that also sang with the band Ace and Mike And The Mechanics. Name the song, the band and extra credit for the dude that sang it
*We'll play a song that was released as a single only in the US as the record label elsewhere wanted to encourage people to buy albums rather than 45s. The artist, who changed his name in 1977 and stopped making secular music in 1979, actually released a boxed set of his old songs as he came to realize that people found strength and inspiration in his older songs. Name the artist (both names)
Battle Of The Bands!
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ by Journey vs Imaginary Lover by Atlanta Rhythm Section
1.The Knack, My Sharona 2. Average White Band 3. Tempted, Squeeze, Paul Carrack
Listeners chose Atlanta Rhythm Section by a single vote
* Robby Krieger, guitarist of The Doors wrote this song we'll play tomorrow. He originally named the song something else based on fights he had with his girlfriend. The lyrics were a bit more severe until, Jim Morrison, of all people, showed some restraint and insisted on changing the lyrics and ultimately, the song title. At the end of the track, Morrison chants, 'Stronger Than Dirt' from the popular Ajax commercial. Name that tune!
*The country of Spain made a fine contribution to the rock scene back in the year of 1966. The colorful song I refer to finds the singer utterly flummoxed by a girl who has left him. He wants her back, but then considers that she'll only leave him again. Name the tune...the title of which confirms the shade of the color.
*Mick Jagger went into a local drugstore of a town on their first US tour in 1964. He wanted a cherry coke (back then, it was a regular coke with real cherries in it), but the drugstore, despite having soda fountains, did not have cherry cokes. A local character, by the name of Mr. Jimmy, standing behind Jagger made a comment...a line that became a famous Stones tune...Name that tune!
*This singer/songwriter back in the 60's/70's became more famous writing songs for others like The Carpenters, Helen Reddy and even 1 track for David Bowie. But the group he wrote the most songs for was Three Dog Night.
He is still alive today at 80 years old. Name the singer/songwriter
Battle Of The Bands!
This week’s contest combined the Battle and Cover Me Up segments. It featured the original artist against 3 covers versions. The song was Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Listeners voted in the following Proportions :
Bob Dylan 31%, Bryan Ferry 12%, The Persuasions 21%, Eric Clapton 36%
BY MIKE PODSEDLY
I watched a TV documentary on EPIX recently titled “Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time” directed by Alison Ellwood that sought to capture one of rock music’s greatest eras. Constructed from old videos and photos augmented by new interviews, it told the story of this landmark music scene. Many of the songs generated during this time are mainstays in the Inside the Gates Radio vast music library.
The golden years of the Laurel Canyon scene, roughly 1967-74, saw the birth of the singer-songwriter movement and the rise of huge stars, from folk-rock bands like the Byrds and the Mamas and the Papas to Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, the Flying Burrito Brothers, America, and the Eagles—many of whom played on each other’s records.
Artists didn’t initially move to Laurel Canyon because it was a musical mecca. They moved there because it was a cheap place to live, with easy access to L.A. and clubs like the Troubadour and Whisky A-Go-Go that would give new artists a shot. Musicians gravitated to places that were inexpensive and then their friends gravitated there. Pretty soon, no one but musicians lived there.
There were so many artists that had gotten out of folk music because folk had gone out of fashion. The music produced there has often been labeled as folk or soft rock for its mellow sound, but the canyon was a melting pot, cross-breeding the genres of folk, psychedelia, pop, blues, country and rock. Laurel Canyon bloomed with melodic, atmospheric and politicized songs that defined the moment, made by artists who defined a generation.
Laurel Canyon was an idyll for musicians, a place secluded from the bright lights of Los Angeles, where they could breathe the same air and create freely, together. During the show photographer Henry Diltz, who saw and documented much of the scene, narrates the encounter where David Crosby recalls inviting his protégé, an unknown Joni Mitchell, to a party arranged by Cass Elliott to welcome Eric Clapton on his first visit to America. Clapton sat mesmerized, Crosby recalls, by Mitchell’s unique guitar-fingering style.
In a new interview for the show, “We were living in the very center of this beautiful bubble of friendship, sunshine, sex, drugs and music,” says Graham Nash, the British Invasion veteran who defected to Southern California, where he became a charter member of Laurel Canyon society, hooking up with David Crosby of the Byrds and Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield at the Laurel Canyon home of Joni Mitchell, Nash’s girlfriend at the time, to form Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The heyday of the Laurel Canyon music scene may be over, but that’s the point. Lisa Robinson wrote in a February 8, 2015 Vanity Fair article entitled “An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca”, “Scenes aren’t meant to last. They sparkle with activity, flourish, then burn out.” It’s never forgotten though — the musical style and sound lives on, continuing to inspire and influence the artists of today.
Gary Tripp from Long Live Vinyl.net compiled a list of 40 albums in terms of Laurel Canyon-ness. I have selected some of the great albums released from his list during this time have endured time and genre changes. They are big part of “the Greatest Music of our Lifetime” played on the Inside The Gates Radio rotation.
“Buffalo Springfield” (1967): Buffalo Springfield’s songwriting power trio of Young, Stills and Richie Furay combined to produce a timeless and stupidly influential release.
“Crosby, Stills & Nash” (1969): The harmonies and the confessional songwriting of CSN’s debut has come to define the Laurel Canyon sound.
“Sweet Baby James” James Taylor (1970): After recording his debut in the UK for The Beatles’ Apple label, Taylor decamped to Laurel Canyon, adding to the ranks of straggly-haired, denim-clad, introspective singer-songwriters.
“Ladies of the Canyon” Joni Mitchell (1970): Moving away from the airy folkiness of her first two albums, the singer-songwriter’s transitional third opens her up as an artist of boundless talent.
“Déjà Vu” Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970) Crosby, Stills and Nash were bolstered by the arrival of Neil Young into their fold. the album’s magical harmonies and memorable songs mark it out as a milestone of the movement. It remains the quintessential Laurel Canyon LP.
“If I Could Only Remember My Name” David Crosby (1971)
Surfing the wave of Déjà Vu, David Crosby invited his mates to help him out on his solo debut and Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Grace Slick and Jerry Garcia, among others, answered the call.
“Tapestry” –Carole King (1971)
Carole King had written a string of hits for others as a songwriter in New York’s Brill Building, but on “Tapestry”, she was singing for herself. Its perfectly crafted songs marked it as one of the quintessential singer-songwriter albums of the 70s.
“Songs For Beginners” Graham Nash (1971) Nash recorded his first solo album in the wake of his split with Joni Mitchell, and many of the songs lament the time spent together.
“For Everyman” Jackson Browne (1973) Equal parts bluesy folk and piano-driven ballads, Laurel Canyon resident Jackson Browne. The serene songwriter was able to enlist a star-studded supporting cast including his buddies Glenn Frey and Don Henley, while Elton John, credited as “Rockaday Johnnie,” contributes some piano. As a side note, the genius of Jackson Browne was presented in a midweek special show by Craig Looney on Inside the Gates Radio Live.
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* Said this artist of one of his most famous tracks..."It was interesting as I was becoming a Christian at that time and we never thought a thing about it. We never thought that doing something semi-religious was any big deal. We didn't think of it as being politically incorrect or anything like that...we just did what felt right" The year was 1968...Any guesses as to the artist and the quite popular song?
*A two-part track with two distinct sections bridging them will play today. The second part was originally written for Buffalo Springfield and appeared on their 1968 album. With both parts merged, this song became the opening track of a most significant album in 1970. Lots to guess here...The band, the album and extra credit if you know who wrote the 2nd merged part for Buffalo Springfield...
*We are going to play the most negative song ever recorded as the word 'no' appears 100 times and 'nobody' gets sung 46 times. Name the bar band from Youngstown, Ohio that sang it and the song.
*Yacht rockers will delight as we play a track with a mellow 70's vibe that has specific references to sailing. Yacht rock became a quite popular genre in America in the decade of the 2000's and it helped revive the music of this band. Name the band and the track
Battle Of The Bands!
Gloria by Van Morrison vs Roll with It by Steve Winwood
1. Tommy James & The Shondells Crystal Blue Persuasion 2. Carry On, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Déjà Vu, Stephen Stills 3. Human Beinz, Nobody But Me
4. Little River Band, Cool Change
Listeners picked Steve Winwood with 53% of the votes
* A track we play early on has been called 'Soul Perfection' and rightly so. It was written by the artist who actually wrote it with the intention of giving the song to singer Kim Carnes (rolling with the success of Bette Davis Eyes), but it did not work out and the writer ended up recording it himself. Name the artist and the song if you can.
*The songwriting team of Glenn Frey and Don Henley actually started writing this song in 2001, but it was not completed and ultimately recorded until 2007. They both admitted that they were never quite sure they would ever finish the song, but a late revelation provided a burst of inspiration and they got it done. Name the song
*This track makes a statement involving satire and humor, poking fun at the incredibly silly lifestyle that someone in the artist's position is faced with...that being despite having a really nice house, he's on the road so much...it is really hard to even feel he lives there. The road life for any musician is not always wine and roses according to this track...Name the artist and the song
*47 years ago, this song appeared on this group's 5th studio album. It's been described as 'the infectious title track' of the album, as its lyrics are 'skillfully depicting the love for a woman or a commitment to God, depending on how one interprets them.' The latter aspect is no surprise, given that the duo was famously affiliated with the Baha'i faith. Name the band and the song
Battle Of The Bands!
Every Breath You Take by Sting vs All About Soul by Billy Joel
1. Smokey Robinson, Being With You 2. Long Road Out of Eden
3. Joe Walsh, Life’s Been Good 4. Seals & Croft, Diamond Girl
Listeners picked Sting with 53% of the votes
* Phil Collins recorded a demo of this track for 2 purposes...one to share with Stephen Bishop (remember the song On And On) so that Bishop would have an idea for recording it himself...and two...for the soundtrack of the movie Buster. He eventually found out that the film used the demo recording and decided to record it himself as he accepted a starring role in the movie. Name the song.
*This band was not the first group to use a horn section, but they were the first to fuse it with rock, jazz and some blues thrown in for good measure. They practiced in a loft on Bleeker Street in New York's Greenwich Village, as crowds gathered and cheered them on any time they did practice. They knew they were on the right track. Name the band
*The title of this track is kind of pure nonsense with a few possible theories on what it meant. Was it an expression used as a way of congratulating each other or perhaps it was simply the name of the artist's pet cat. Name the artist and the song.
*This song was written long before climate change became a hot topic, but even in 1970, some ecologically minded songwriters were concerned about Mother Earth. The track is a reflection on mortality, and also a lament for the fate of the Earth. Name the song and band that performs it.
Battle Of The Bands!
You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon vs Carolina In My Mind by James Taylor
Listeners picked James Taylor with 52.5% of the votes
* His voice has been described as an 'elegant, seductive croon.' Consider that he and his contemporary, David Bowie, influenced a generation with both their music and their appearances. He has also been described as 'an art object' that should hang in the Tate (Tate being a British museum). He formed a great band in 1970 and had a 13 year run with the group. Only the pandemic has slowed down his touring at age 74. Name the artist, and his former band...
*Lead vocalist of this band from the 60's came across a song by Carl Perkins and wrote a new song with the same title. The band was formed in Tottenham, England back in 1957, but kicked into high gear in the 60's. They were a staple of British clubs...and with this track, created a 'thumping' drum sound, that later became known as...
'The Tottenham Sound'...Name that band and extra credit for the name of the track, their most famous...
*This artist hasn't had a top 40 hit in more than 25 years, but all 6 of his albums from 1988-1998 have been certified as Gold albums. A wry-humored songwriter with a quiet, cowboy charm has a distinctive appeal to his fans...something that is totally mutual. He has been known to pull out a camera at performances simply to capture fun photos of cheering audiences. Name the artist...
*The concept of 'smiling' is explored in both title and lyrics of the track to be shared later today. The track reached #10 on the Billboard Chart in 1974 and continues to resonate throughout the decades since then. A true, fun classic...it'll probably sound as fresh and contagious 50 years from now as it did back then. Name the band and the song that hopefully will promote as big a smile as advertised when you hear it...
Battle Of The Bands!
You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse vs A Whiter Shade Of Pale by
Listeners picked Annie Lennox by a comfortable margin with 55% of the votes
* This song, a duet, was released in 1987. First choices to team up with the singer were either Barbara Streisand or Whitney Houston, but both decided against participating. No worries, as another vocalist was recruited, who did not know she would be singing the song until the day of the recording session. She also co-wrote another track with Quincy Jones on the same album. Name the artist and the song...
*This artist started covering songs that inspired and impacted him while growing up in the Dallas, Texas area, absorbing blues, soul, New Orleans music and some early rock and roll. The inspiring artists? Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Lennon & McCartney to name a few. Not a fan of his own singing voice early on...well...let's just say he did not have such a problem the more he recorded. Name the artist...
*By the time he started recording the album we'll play from later today, this artist had already achieved commercial success as a solo artist and producer. He also became dissatisfied with other musicians that played with him which led to the decision of recording the entire album by himself using multi-tracking. That made him a pioneer back in 1972. Did it make any difference? Not really...
*A song we'll play is all about what it's like to be famous. This artist recruited John Lennon, who helped write this song, coming up with the title and also singing background parts in a 'high' voice. They had met each other less than a year prior to the recording, at a party thrown by Elizabeth Taylor. Lennon was one of the artist's idols and they became good friends...Name the artist and extra credit for the song title...
Battle Of The Bands!
Out Of Sight by James Brown vs Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
1. Siedah Garnett accompanied Michael Jackson on I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
2. Boz Scaggs 3. Todd Rundgren 4. David Bowie, Fame
Listeners picked Wilson Pickett by an overwhelming margin with 60% of the votes
* Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger wrote this track about the numerous times his girlfriend, and later wife, threatened to leave him. Lots of slamming doors in their relationship. The title of the track came from a phrase the legendary Duke Ellington popularized during his concerts. And while The Doors didn't have a bass player, they enlisted Jerry Scheff from Elvis Presley for this one. Name the tune
*This artist was very much a critic of his own singing voice, but he actually had a great voice that he eventually got comfortable flexing, as he covered different genres. Some of his ballads and blues tracks always sounded convincing when performing them. Name the artist.
*A great rock band was formed by a singer/songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist and a keyboardist, vocalist, way back in 1969 in Los Angeles. The band survived 10 years before being broken up by one of the founders due to creative differences. As it turns out, he broke up the band shortly before his death. Surviving members re-formed in 1987. Name the two founders and the band.
*This artist was dating a movie star in the 70's and they went out with some friends to a posh L.A. restaurant. In the middle of the meal, the artist leaned over to his date and whispered...'I wrote a song for you.' No one really took notice as he sang the song softly to her as she started to cry. That is her story...but the artist has a far less romantic version, claiming the track is about a lot more than just women...including a love of soccer and Scotland and perhaps even his parents. Name the artist, the track and extra credit for his date's name...
Battle Of The Bands!
Blue Sky by Allman Brothers Band vs Call Me The Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd
1. Love Her Madly 2. Eric Clapton
3. Little Feat, Lowell George & Bill Payne 4. Rod Stewart, You’re In My Heart,
Listeners picked Lynyrd Skynyrd with a narrow margin with 51% of the votes
Greetings From Inside The Gates Radio. I asked a number of our station listeners for their opinions about Inside The Gates Radio and thought you may enjoy their comments. I have not edited any of their input. As these are folks I know, there are a number of comments about my live show in particular. Shiraz Alikhan and Dinnis Keefe have excellent shows and faithful listeners as well, but I wanted to share the following kind words to give you all a perspective of Inside The Gates Radio. Perhaps...just maybe...it will inspire you to listen to your community radio station just a bit more. Of course, if you haven't taken the opportunity to listen...please do so.
Deb Boardley, Toledo, Ohio
Early last summer, 2019 BC (Before Coronavirus), a few of my music loving friends had just returned from Jazz Fest and they were talking about listening to Inside the Gates Radio. That Sunday night I tuned in and was so impressed with the music and Craig Looney's knowledge and insights about music. I have been a "regular" since then. I love the live show, and also frequently listen to the streaming music throughout the week.
There are a couple of reasons I enjoy the station. This is the music I have enjoyed my whole life. But ITG is so special because it is not the "same old, same old". I often find myself listening to a favorite artist, but realizing that I never heard "that song". It is GREAT and I wonder how I missed "that song". I also enjoy the song quizzes - and learn fun facts every week. Finally, the live shows are so much fun because it is a shared experience. I do know the Toledo crowd - but hearing names of people tuning in from Big Canoe, Chicago, DC, Nevada, West VA and NE Ohio, etc., it feels like kindred spirits - connecting through music. It is far better than when I took my portable radio to the pool!
Thanks so much for ITG! It is a gem!
Ben Godwin, Big Canoe
Inside the Gates Radio is my go to station for music while I am working, reading, or relaxing. On Sunday nights we enjoy listening to Looney’s Tunes as we have a cocktail and make dinner. Craig’s selection of artists and some of their lesser known tunes make for an entertaining evening with a mix of familiar and new music. We are looking forward to a great summer with music from Inside the Gates Radio!
Tim Hanofee, Big Canoe
Like many or most of the ITG listeners, I grew up listening to the music LooneyMan and the other “jocks” play for us.
The diversity, the history, the back stories provided in the Live shows brings back wonderful memories and offers us the opportunity to drift back to our youth. The ITG music is always phenomenal, the live shows are sublime!
Lisa Keating and Phil Odenweller, Hendersonville, NC
Our introduction to Craig's show was an eye-opener from the get go and continues to be so! We look forward to settling in on Sunday evenings for a blast from the past and an entree to new artists. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity and we take full advantage of it! Kudos to Inside the Gates Radio!
Dale, Cherie and Wrigley Hood, Big Canoe
Let me just say, that it is a breath of fresh air to be able to relax and enjoy music and songs from artists that you would otherwise never hear because radio stations tend to only play what are considered to be the hit songs they recorded. Kudos to our Inside The Gates radio station for introducing these great songs to its listeners as well as artists and musicians that we are hearing for maybe the first time. Keep Rocking Inside The Gates!
Pud and Deenie Ritter, Las Vegas, Nevada
A New Sunday Tradition in our household is listening to Looney’s Tunes on ITG Radio. The songs played and the historical commentary by Craig Looney bring back memories of times past but not forgotten. Tell all your friends to tune in to be completely entertained, they won’t be disappointed.
Sara Bennett...Lawrenceville, Georgia
How do I love thee ITG....
1. Great music
2. Great music
3. Great music
4. No commercials
5. Awesome live shows
6. Awesome live shows
7. On the air 24/7
8. Every time I listen to a live show, I learn something new about the artists.
9. It's so great I tell everyone to listen!
10. Did I mention GREAT MUSIC???
Terry Nicholson...Big Canoe
Hello, my name is Terry Nicholson, a resident here in Big Canoe, GA. Retired, I spend a tremendous number of hours each week in my woodworker’s shop constructing various items for friends, family, myself and other that request custom made products. I must admit, I was, and still am a fan of Pandora, which helps pass the time between saws, planes, sander and other noise making apparatus. When Craig and the team first opened up “Inside The Gates Radio”, I split my listening pleasures between Pandora and ITGR, but gradually moved more and more towards ITGR for a number of reasons. The variety of artist, songs, and music exceeds the expectations I was after. Also, I get to hear the “shout-outs” from my friends and neighbors, not to mention my own, which totally impresses my grandchildren to hear their BABA on the radio. I totally endorse and recommend Inside The Gates Radio to anyone that wants to hear great music, whether working, exercising, relaxing.
Rick Kanfer...Dunwoody, Georgia
ITGR...“The radio station that drives emotions”
By combining a unique collection of Rock, Blues, and Jazz from many different eras, with a heavy concentration of VERY deep tracks, Inside The Gates Radio truly brings you an emotional experience. That’s what I like the most about ITGR -
it's not something to be played in the background while you read or play spades, rather it's positively foreground. You need to focus so you can derive the most pleasure, the most enjoyment. ITGR makes you feel you're not alone in this crazy world. It amps up your energy and eliminates your depression. It is truly soul-fulfillment.
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