* This artist was a prolific songwriter but did not write one of the greatest songs for which he is known. He tapped a song by Steve Goodman out of Chicago who wrote this song while riding on the Illinois Central train going to visit his wife's grandmother. Goodman wrote about what he saw looking out the windows and playing cards in the club car. Everything in the song actually happened on the ride. The version we'll enjoy from 1972 brought attention to rail lines that were vanishing all across middle America. Tough one here...but name the artist and the track (no pun intended)...
*Like all things that just go together...Bread and butter, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tarzan and Jane...Elton John and Bernie Taupin were kingpins of making exceptional music. But there was one song where even Elton said the lyrics were cryptic and incomprehensible. When further pressed on their meaning, John said...'I have no idea...you're on your own...' The song appeared on his 1970 album...name it...
*Bob Seger wrote most of his own material, but one of his biggest hits was a cover...written by Rodney Crowell, who recorded the song himself for a 1981 album. Seger released a version a year later...the song reflecting on the burdens and compulsions every man carries, which seem to be more acute around midnight. Don Henley and Glenn Frey had a hand in introducing Crowell to Seger and the production of the song...Name the track...
*We'll enjoy a song originally recorded in 1972 at the sessions for Goats Head Soup, but it did not make the cut. It was repackaged and released on an album 9 years later (Tattoo You) and also as a single with a video that was featured on the first year of MTV's existence. While it was delayed for 9 years...it was very much worth the wait. Name the band (a no-brainer from the album references) and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Aqualung by Jethro Tull vs Time Machine by Grand Funk Railroad
1. Arlo Guthrie, City of New Orleans 2. Take Me to the Pilot
3. Shame on the Moon 4. Rolling Stones, Waiting on a Friend
Jethro Tull won with over 55% of the votes
* This Cleveland, Ohio band had 4 US Top 40 hits in 1966 alone. The band had a member who was once the lead singer of the band Climax, a one-hit wonder. Another member (the drummer) went on to form another great band in Cleveland. Lots to answer here...name the band with the 4 hits in 1966 and extra credit for the track of Climax that was a big hit and the name of the band the drummer would go on to help form...
*This artist had been working as a staff songwriter for more than a few years with no luck getting a record deal. With prospects fading that he'd ever get a deal, he decided to make a demo of songs in his own style that included the track we'll play later today. He sent the demo to a new label called Windham Hill who offered him deal, but the demo got out and a number of labels wanted to sign him because of this track. A Virginia native, he has twin sons named after Leon Russell and Keith Jarrett. Name the artist and the extra credit for the track that launched his record deal...
*We'll dip into a 'down-under' group's 6th studio album, produced by a man considered to be the 5th Beatle. The band was going through some heavy personnel changes at the time as shortly after the album was released, the lead vocalist and guitarist were leaving or had left. Name the band, and the producer of the album...
*This artist was hanging out in a bar near Daytona Beach and saw a group of guys crowded around some girls that looked like they were in town for a beauty contest. He sat back and just listened to their conversations and took notes as they used all kinds of lines to hit on the girls. A feeding frenzy kind of atmosphere led to this song. Name the artist and track...
Battle Of The Bands!
Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts vs The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby & The Range
1. The Outsiders, Precious and Few, James Gang 2. Bruce Hornsby, The Way It Is
3. Little River Band, George Martin 4. Jimmy Buffett, Fins
Bruce Hornsby & The Range won with over 52% of the votes
*This band formed in 1966. 2 members came from a band named the Au Go Go Singers. 2 others came from a band called the Mynah Birds. The new band was originally named The Herd (also the name of Peter Frampton's 1st group). Together from 1966-1968, they had 3 very cool albums and a number of excellent singles. Name the band...
*We'll play the 15th track from this band's 1st rock opera, the song that has been described as a 'key_______ song'. The song is included on the list of The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The track is sung by the character playing a doctor who shares his analysis of a son's problems to his parents. Name the band, the character and extra credit for the song title...
*A track that captures the essence of Hollywood from an outsider's perspective, not unlike Hotel California written by this artist's friends, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, is on tap this evening. Billy Payne, another friend, of Little Feat fame, played both organ and piano on the song. The rhythm in this song lends itself to speed. Name the artist and the song...
*A song we'll enjoy was inspired by comedian Andy Kaufman, who had a fan in the form of the lead singer of this band. Kaufman was known for his Elvis impersonations, once performed on Saturday Night Live and witnessed by this group's singer, who tries one of his own in this song. People and things mentioned in the track also include, Mott The Hoople, Life, Monopoly, Twister, Rick, checkers, chess and wide variety of historical figures. Name the band, the lead singer and extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears vs Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer
1. Buffalo Springfield 2. The Who, The Specialist, Go to the Mirror!
3. Bob Seger, Hollywood Nights 4. R.E.M., Michael Stipe, Man On The Moon
Robert Palmer won by a single vote
*This track was written for a 1978 movie, which takes place at a radio station and was the precursor of the great TV series, WKRP in Cincinnati. Name the song and the band that performed it...
*This 1964 song was written by Harold Eugene Clark and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. Another band recorded it in 1968 and made it a big hit, before The Byrds demo version was released on a Byrd's album the next year, 1969. Name the band, the song and extra credit if you can name a couple of the band members who sang background vocals with a few other notable bands..
*Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart made significant contributions to this band playing keyboards but were never credited with being official members of the group. They even toured with the band at various times, but still...did not get official band member recognition...Name the band...
*So...what does one do when you show up to take your date out for an evening, but she's not ready? In the case of this artist, a frontman for a great band, he found the family's piano and sat down and wrote a song. The date eventually led to 10 years of marriage and 6 children. Name the artist, his band and extra credit for the name of the track...
Battle Of The Bands!
Bad Company by Bad Company vs More Than A Feeling by Boston
1. FM (No Static At All), Steely Dan
2. Turtles, You Showed Me, Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman
3. Rolling Stones 4. Randy Bachman, The Guess Who, These Eyes
Boston won with 55% of votes
*This artist played the Woodstock Music Festival before he even released an album. That's because his older brother, a celebrated blues artist used him in his band. The artist sought his own path to stardom in 1970, and in 1972 formed the group that produced a megahit on their very first album.
Name the artist, the band formed and extra credit for the hit that we'll play later today...
*An artist from Texas hasn't had a Top 40 hit in more than 25 years, yet all six of his albums from 1988 to 1998 have been certified as Gold Albums. He is also an actor having appeared in 13 different films. He completed a goal in 2014 of performing concerts in each state of the union. Name the artist...
*This artist recorded this particular album onstage, backstage, in three different hotel rooms, and on a Continental Silver Eagle tour bus during a cross-country tour in 1977. The album itself...a paean to life on the road. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the album...
*We'll play an artist who has worked with Gregg Allman, Bonnie Raitt, Goose Creek Symphony, Sea Level, Robbie Robertson, Elvin Bishop, Steve Winwood, Bonnie Bramlett, B.J. Thomas, Gregg Allman Band, Widespread Panic and Roger Glover. How's that for a musical resume? His real musical influences include James Taylor, Carole King and Bob Dylan. Now knee-deep in his solo career...name the artist...
Battle Of The Bands!
Runnin’ Down A Dream by Tom Petty vs Have You Ever Seen The Rain? by John Fogerty
1. Edgar Winter, the Edgar Winter Group, Free Ride , 2. Lyle Lovett
3. Jackson Browne, Running on Empty 4. Randall Bramblett
John Fogerty won in a close one with 51% of votes