* The 1st album produced after the artist and his entourage spent some time in the U.S. produced this classic track. The song had a couple of possible inspirations. It was either about the woman who traveled with the band, sewing costumes and repairing clothes...or....it may have been about all that the band experienced visiting clothing stores up and down the L.A. Strip and all the women they met throughout the process. Name the artist and the song if you can...
*In 1982, this group had not had a top ten hit in five years, but this song thankfully ended that string. This trio of artists enlisted the assistance of Timonthy B. Schmit to join them on this song, as if they needed any more help singing incredible harmonies. The track was released as a single and later included on their album, Daylight Again. Name the band and song...
*This track was written in Eric Clapton's garden using one of Clapton's acoustic guitars. The song was inspired by the long winters in England (aren't they too long everywhere???), but on that day, it was sunny and it just released all of the built-up tension. I'll be playing a version of the song from another great performer who probably felt the same way. Name the artist who wrote the song and the track...
*This band is largely identified as a West Coast group, but only one member of the 4 original founders was from California. If you did not know. this band was the very first band to charge in excess of $100 for a ticket in an arena show environment. The year that happened was in 1994. A sellout soon led other bands to follow suit with similar prices. Name the band that started the run on our wallets...
Battle Of The Bands!
Cheap Sunglasses by Z Z Top vs Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
1. Elton John, Tiny Dancer 2. Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wasted on the Way
3. George Harrison, Here Comes The Sun, played Richie Havens version
Listeners chose Z Z Top with 56% of votes
* Kenny Loggins has a 2nd cousin, also a singer/songwriter who wrote a number of songs for country artists like Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Reba McEntire and Alabama to name just a few. His most famous song was Please Come To Boston. He also wrote a song for this American band I'll play this evening in 1972 that had some reference to a specific month of the year. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song.
*This artist released his most successful solo album in 1977 that stayed on the Billboard Hot 200 list of albums for 49 weeks. He also released 3 nicely charted singles from that album. In 1967 at the age of 18, he got together with a number of talented musicians to form the band, Traffic. Name the artist who still performs today, pandemic willing of course....
*Chrissie Hynde wrote a song that describes the complexities of love from a female perspective...she's inconsistent, but wonderful, and wants her lover to know that he shouldn't get too worked up, because she could change quickly. There are more than a few weather references in the lyrics. Additionally, she wrote this song for a famous fan of her band. Name the song and extra credit if you can name the fan...
*We'll play a track written and performed by an artist who grew up in London where open space was at a real premium. As a child, there was little opportunity to be a kid in the outdoors. It prompted him to write a song as a reminder that progress shouldn't come at the expense of nature. Name the artist and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Heard It in a Love Song by Marshall Tucker Band vs Hold on Loosely by 38 Special
1. Three Dog Night, Pieces of April, by Dave Loggins 2. Dave Mason
3. Don’t Get Me Wrong, John McEnroe 4. Cat Stevens, Where Do the Children Play?
Listeners chose 38 Special with 52% of votes
* While a struggling student at New Orlean's Jesuit High School, this artist was already playing in night clubs...something the Jesuit Fathers disapproved. They gave him an ultimatum...stop playing or leave the school.
They ended up expelling him (in 1954) and music became his career. An injury to his ring finger basically made him switch from guitar to piano. Name the artist...
*This artist passed away from a heart attack last year at the age of 75. He struggled to make it in the business until listening to Bobbie Gentry's self-penned, Ode To Billy Joe. Her success led him to the belief he should write about what he knows...and that is exactly what he did on the track we'll play. The subject of the song harkens back to a favorite meal of his growing up.
*The 10th studio album by this artist in 1991 was heralded as a comeback album for him. He enlisted some great artists to assist him on the album...Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Phil Everly and Bruce Springsteen to name a few. The artist prepared 12 songs and then was told to come up with 1 or 2 more so the album could be released. The artist was tapped out, but ultimately obliged and put one more together. Name the artist.
*These two artists were participating in a Battle Of The Bands at a ballroom in Philadelphia in 1967. They were in different bands, but the competition was halted when rival gangs literally got into a gun battle. The two artists found themselves trying to escape the scene in the same service elevator. That started a relationship that became incredibly successful. We'll play a track from their 17th studio album released in 2004. Name the artists
Battle Of The Bands!
Moondance by Van Morrison vs Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
1. Dr. John 2. Tony Joe White (Polk Salad Annie) 3. John Prine 4. Daryl Hall & John Oates
Listeners sided with Roy Orbison with 53% of votes
Inside The Gates Radio Embraces Cover Songs
BY: MIKE PODSEDLY
Cover Songs have an important place in the rock music universe. I have looked for cover versions of songs because the interpretations by other artists are fascinating listening. Covers range from duplicating the original performance to putting a whole new spin on the song.
In popular music, a cover version, remake, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a song. No matter how unique and different your version is, someone else legally owns the song and is therefore entitled to royalties. By requesting a mechanical license, you are ensuring that the original creator of the song is getting their fair share of the sales of the cover.
The advent of the singer/songwriter era, around the late 60s or early 70s, many artists’ songs had greater lyrical and musical depth leaving room for an evolving re-interpretation of a song’s feel or meaning. Using someone else’s hit song has often been a way for a new act to get heard and recognized.
Nowadays, a “cover-version” of a writers’ song is considered a high compliment. It means that the effort has garnered attention and appreciation to the point of other stylists wanting to add their interpretation to a song they find appealing.
I have selected a list of cover songs that I consider significant in some way. I have added some comments to each song of interest.
“Twist And Shout” (1963) cover by The Beatles of The Isley Brothers: In the beginning of their career The Beatles covered a lot of songs. This one was especially attention getting.
“House Of The Rising Sun” (1964) cover by The Animals of Unknown: This song is so old, its origin is unknown with many theories.
“With A Little Help From My Friends” (1968) cover by Joe Cocker of The Beatles: These versions couldn't sound less alike. The Beatles version sounds vanilla, while Joe's is gospel soul bliss.
“Everybody’s Talkin’” (1968) cover by Harry Nilsson of Fred Neil: Nilsson had been a computer programmer at a bank in Los Angeles. He released “Everybody’s Talkin'” on his 1968 album, “Aerial Ballet”. The next year it stole the show as the featured theme song of the 1969 cult classic film, Midnight Cowboy. The song helped solidify Nilsson’s career as a countercultural poet with no master.
“Woodstock” (1970) cover by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of Joni Mitchell: Joni Mitchell wrote and recorded the definitive song about the Woodstock festival. She did not attend but watched the TV coverage from her hotel room. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young did appear, playing an acoustic set followed by an electric set around 3 a.m.
“Me and Bobby McGee” (1971) cover by Janis Joplin of Kris Krisofferson: This was written by Kris Kristofferson, but it was Janis Joplin's hit cover that gave his career a lift. The song was released after she died of a heroin overdose. It was the second song that was #1 in US after the artist had died.
“Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds” (1974) cover by Elton John of John Lennon: As the story goes, Elton made a bet with Lennon that he could make a #1 hit with it. After he lost, Lennon came out of retirement during Elton's show got up on stage for 3 songs.
“Blinded By The Light” (1976) cover by Manfred Mann's Earth Band of Bruce Springsteen: This cover version from went #1 in 1976. Ironically, Bruce used to perform the Manfred Mann hit “Pretty Flamingo” in early concerts.
“Cocaine” (1977) cover by Eric Clapton of J J Cale: Another song that was recorded and released originally by J J Cale. The success of the song led to Cale getting a record deal enabling him to have enough money to make music on his own terms.
“Ooh Baby Baby” (1978) cover by Linda Ronstadt of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Linda was not a songwriter, so it was about picking the right song. Her styling was the key to her success. She covered many songs but this was a perfect choice for her.
“Walk Away Renee” (1983) cover by Rickie Lee Jones of The Left Banks: Rickie was a great interpreter of Rock and has done an entire album of covers. This one is from the highly praised "Girl At Her Volcano" LP.
“Alone” (1987) cover by Heart of i-Ten: “Alone” first appeared on i-Ten's 1983 album with little success. They heard that Heart was looking for a power ballad and Alone came to mind. They liked everything about the song except for the first line of the chorus.
After investigating cover songs I wanted to get reactions from the Inside The Gates DJs, a most knowledgeable group.
Dinnis Keefe has a live show on Saturday evenings at 6:30pm titled SoundSense. He has been in the radio and recording business for years and his experience is reflected in his show commentary.
“Everybody wants to cover a Dylan song. First off, the songs are almost all lyrically marvelous and melodically obliging. It’s hard not to look and sound good with one of these tunes coming out of your mouth. And frankly, Mr D’s original renditions usually leave some room for refinements.”
Keefe described what he looks for in a cover saying “For taking a song as far as conceivable from its original intent and turning it into something astonishing, if not unrepeatable. Bettye Lavette’s ‘Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook’ takes the gold. Start with George Harrison’s ‘Isn't It A Pity.’ Listen sitting down to avoid injury when your knees buckle.”
Alikhan shares his favorites
Shiraz Alikhan has a live show on Sundays at 4:30 pm named San Francisco Nights. He was in a cover band here in Big Canoe for several years called Off the Record. He also performs a lot of covers at the Acoustic Showcase performances
Alikhan commented about “’With a Little Help From My Friends’. John and Paul wrote this for Ringo to sing on ‘Sgt. Pepper’ and deliberately wrote a melody with limited range. Cocker put himself on the rock music map with his aching, soulful version at Woodstock which became a kind of anthem. That concert and the movie documenting it displayed Cocker's rather eccentric singing style that some people mocked. He was good natured during his ‘Dueling Cockers’ appearance on SNL in 1976. Then John Belushi joined him on another great Cocker cover, Dave Mason & Traffic's ‘Feeling Alright’”.
Alikhan further pointed out that “We have a great cover of Procul Harum’s ’A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Annie Lennox and also have a terrific cover of ‘Ain't No Sunshine’ a Bill Withers classic by Joan Osborne in our library. My wife really likes this version.”
Looney’s Tunes too
Craig Looney has a Live Show on Sundays at 6:30 pm appropriately called Looney’s Tunes
Looney remarked that “Cover songs are the topic and I think all of the ITG Radio DJ's are huge fans of them. I enjoy them so very much that I started a new regular segment on Looney's Tunes, Cover Me Up.
Each week I play an original track from an artist/band and go to great lengths to find an interesting cover version. The covers I most enjoy are versions that consider the original as a foundation and build it into something unique, respectful of the original, but distinct in their own interpretation.
I have found some great ones during my research, including Simon & Garfunkel's ‘Scarborough Fair’ covered by the band Sea Level, Simon & Garfunkel's ‘Sound Of Silence’ covered by the artist, Disturbed, Aerosmith's ‘Sweet Emotion’ covered by Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon and Johnny Cash's ‘Ring of Fire’ covered by Ruthie Foster”
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* The subject person of this song is David Geffen...the braintrust and frontman of his record label, Asylum Records. The song is about the pressures the music industry puts on their artists. Geffen had some outstanding artists on his label and quite a few played on this song from 1974, with backing vocals to the original artist. Name the performer who released the song and extra credit for the name of the tune...
*Ben Orr was the bassist and vocalist of this band, but prior to joining them, he kicked around in the Cleveland, Ohio area with a band named The Grasshoppers. That band was pretty successful opening for The Beach Boys at times and had a loyal fan club. But, eventually, Orr met another artist who had dropped out of both Antioch College and Bowling Green University and they started this notable and successful band. Name the artist he met and the band they started together.
*When The Beatles established Apple Records, they didn't want it to be all Beatles...they wanted to sign other bands. This was one of the very first they signed. In fact, George Harrison played with them and even helped produce one of their first albums. Name the band...
*This 4-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee was raised a Quaker and spent eight childhood summers attending a Quaker camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Claiming those summers as 'life-changing' experiences, the artist developed all kinds of appreciation for nature, a love of music and social justice. Name the artist...
Battle Of The Bands!
Undun by The Guess Who vs Blue Collar by Bachman – Turner Overdrive
1. Joni Mitchell, Free Man in Paris 2. Cars 3. Badfinger 4. Bonnie Raitt
Listeners chose The Guess Who with 57% of votes
I’m sure many listeners and other fans were elated by my Michigan State Spartans victory over the vaunted Michigan Wolverines in the Big House!