* We'll go to the first single released from this artist's first solo album in 1996. While the track did not chart exceptionally well, it caught the attention of someone responsible for the soundtrack of the movie, Twister, starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. Name the artist and the song if you can...
*This terrific song was released as a B-side to a single, not once, but twice in a span of 2 years. The 1st time was with the song, After Midnight, the 2nd time with Let It Rain. It has been described as 'a very underrated love song'. Now you should be able to guess the artist, but name the track...
*These related artists formed a band when they first started in 1974. The band's name? The Army which later transformed to the name White Heart. One of the artists had a stutter all pretty much through her formative years, but oddly enough, it disappeared when she started singing. Name the artists and their final band name...
*This well-known performer cut his first solo album in 1970 and one of the songs we'll play was released as a single that was actually inspired by a new relationship with Rita Coolidge. He had help on this song from 5 other well-known artists, including John Sebastion and Cass Elliott to name just two of them. Name the artist and real extra credit if you can guess the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
One on One by Hall and Oates vs Handbags and Gladrags by Rod Stewart
1. Mark Knopfler, Darling Pretty 2. Eric Clapton, Easy Now
3. Ann (stuttered) and Nancy Wilson became Heart 4. Stephen Stills, Set Yourself Down
Listeners chose Rod Stewart with 53% of votes
* 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