* 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