* An artist wrote and originally recorded this track in 1973. The Eagles covered it in 1974 and it obviously got more notoriety as a result. But the man who wrote it really didn't care for the Eagles' version, calling it 'antiseptic'. The writer's reaction was typical as he tried to stay away from the mainstream music scene and is anti-commercialism. Name the artist who wrote and originally recorded the song and extra credit if you know the song...
*Russ Ballard of the band, Argent, wrote a song we'll play by another group that covered the track. Argent first recorded the song for Argent's self-titled debut album, but another famous band also recorded it that same year. Not surprising that the band who covered it...charted much better. Name the band and the song...
*This artist had a girlfriend in the year 1967...Kathy Mary Etchingham was her name. They had an argument about her cooking. and she started throwing pots and pans...then left for a day or two...sulking. When she returned, the artist had written this song for her...she was incredibly flattered. Name the artist and song...
*A song written by Harry Nilsson in 1967 was a mild hit for him and a year later was covered by Glen Campbell. It explains the sadness and melancholy of spending a day without the loved one, when the person has gone from you. The song, ripe for musical experimentation, was then recorded by this great band, horns and all, in 1968. Name the band and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Wheel in the Sky by Journey vs Fooling Yourself by Styx
1. Tom Waits, Ol ’55 2. Three Dog Night, Liar 3. Jimi Hendrix, The Wind Cries Mary
4. Blood, Sweat & Tears, Without Her
Listeners picked Styx in a close one with a margin of 51% of the votes,
* The frontman of this great band wrote both the words and music to this song...one that finds him feeling unstoppable...floating around in ecstasy. The song underscores his lifestyle of extremes which unfortunately resulted in his death in 1991. Name the band, the singer/writer and the song if you can...
*We'll dip into a famous trio's 7th album, but it was first attempted to be released with only two of the three artists. The two enlisted Art Garfunkel and Timothy B. Schmit to sing in place of where the third member of the group would normally sing, but the record company was not interested in the product. The duo then became a trio again at the eleventh hour to produce this album. Name the group and the album for extra credit...
*This band would never be considered sex symbols to many nor fashion icons for that matter...but they were pretty darn convincing on this track about how a certain man was irresistible to women. Name this popular track from the 80's and the band that did it...
*We'll share a song by this British band that was written by their leader and was the 3rd single released from their 11th album. He wrote it from the perspective of a person he never knew. Within a small quiet opening of the song, a high-pitched backmasked voice is heard...played in reverse, the voice is actually saying, 'You're playing me backwards.' Good luck on this tough one...but name the band and the song if you can...
Battle Of The Bands!
Against The Wind by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band vs
Living In The U.S.A. by Steve Miller Band
1. Queen, Freddie Mercury, Don’t Stop Me Now 2. Crosby, Stills & Nash, Daylight Again
3. Z Z Top, Sharp Dressed Man 4. Electric Light Orchestra, Stranger
Listeners picked Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band with a comfortable margin of 55% of the votes,
*The title of this song was inspired by 'the oldest profession in the world' from an establishment, The Chicken Ranch in this city in Texas. Apparently, a reporter in Houston ran out of vice and corruption stories in the big city and turned his focus elsewhere, pressuring the governor to order the sheriff to close it. Turned out to be a bad move for the city. Name the town and song and the band that did it...
*This unique Canadian artist had a very different style of playing his guitar as he played it sitting down with the instrument flat on his lap like a piano. He had only one Billboard Top-40 hit. Name the artist and the song
*One of the most influential bands to come out of the 70's, this group essentially created their own genre. They did not allow outside influences to change their artistic output and have been known to apologize for their own recordings that they felt 'sub-par.' Their most successful album came in 1977...title was one word that started with 'A'. We'll go to an album 3 years later...another one-word album starting with the letter 'G'.
Name the band and both albums...
*When asked what 'Mama Pajama' saw that made her so distraught in this song, the artist has said he's not exactly certain, but he assumed it was something sexual. The artist made up a crazy little story for this song and gave the main character the name he did because it sounded like a typical New York neighborhood kid name (from the Queens)...Name the artist, the character and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Champagne Jam by Atlanta Rhythm Section vs Call Me The Breeze by Lynard Skynard
1. La Grange, La Grange, ZZ Top 2. Jeff Healy, Angel Eyes
3. Steely Dan, Aja, Gaucho 4. Paul Simon, Julio, Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
Listeners picked Lynard Skynard with a comfortable margin of 55% of the votes,
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*The keyboard player of this famous (primarily 80's) band wrote this song about the challenges of being a married man on the road in a rock band...always another show...wondering where he was...lost without her...
This song was a pledge to his 1st wife at the time...something that did not sustain. And this was the band's very first video. Name the band and the song...
*This great band from the late 60's had become stagnant, as a key member was thought to represent 'zero upside' potential with his songwriting skills...always pleasant and catchy little songs. The band wanted more and replaced him with someone who as a teenage wonder, brought so much more potential and a killer voice that took the band to unattained heights prior to their breakup. And his solo career has been pretty successful as well. Name the band, the artist that left and the artist that joined them...
*This outstanding band had an album in 1973 considered to be their landmark achievement with the title track as their signature song...(hint-something that had to do with Southern cuisine if you will). They had just added two members giving them their defining sound. The band stayed together until a breakup in 1979 following the death of their 'frontman' artist. They did, however, get back together for more great music. Name the band and extra credit for the album and title track name.
*In Greek mythology there was a character who was a mortal loved by Zeus. This instrumental was written by the artist that performed it...a track for a girl who was stressed out and on drugs. While touring with Earth, Wind and Fire, he played the song backstage and they suggested he record it. With no words, the guitar solo is most memorable and beautiful. Name the artist and the song for extra credit.
Battle Of The Bands!
Free Man In Paris by Joni Mitchell vs Peace Train by Cat Stevens
1. Journey, Faithfully 2. Traffic, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood
3. Little Feat, Dixie Chicken, On Your Way Down 4. Santana, Europa
*This artist struck musical gold once again with the help of the accompanying video, that brought back some of the same characters/models/dancers from the previous hit (and video). This song won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance. The song is about an enticing woman who gets whatever she wants from her man. Name the artist and the song...
*This popular track takes us through a phone call where the singer breaks up with a girl. They have 'the talk' where he hashes out why they can't be together and lets her know that she should have her freedom. We hear one side of the phone call, which starts out with a familiar greeting, indicating they've been together a while.
It was the first big hit for the artist. Name the musician and the song...
*This San Francisco band released 8 studio albums between 1973 and 1983 and had at least 5 singles chart really well on Billboard. Many thought the name of the band was the name of one of the members of the band. Was that the case? Name the band...
*We'll enjoy a kind of heartache country ballad full of the loneliness that comes after a breakup....but as the song tries to imply...time heals all wounds...except in some cases...this being one of those cases. The track was included on the soundtrack of a 1978 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese...named after the group's 1976 concert. Name the group and the name of the documentary for extra credit...
Battle Of The Bands!
Right Place Wrong Time by Dr. John vs If I Had a Hammer by Neville Brothers
1. Robert Palmer, Simply Irresistible 2. Todd Rundgren, Hello It’s Me
3. Pablo Cruise, No, Pablo is common Spanish name and Cruise was their lifestyle
4. The Band, The Last Waltz, It Makes No Difference
Listeners picked Dr. John with a comfortable margin of 57% of the votes