Survey Research Naming Most Popular Artist / Bands by Decade
Mentioned On "Looney's Tunes" Show December 29, 2019
Rank 1950"s 1960's 1970's 1980's
1 Elvis Presley Beatles Led Zepplin Michael Jackson
2 Little Richard Rolling Stones Eagles Prince
3 Chuck Berry Bob Dylan Fleetwood Mac U2
4 Buddy Holly Beach Boys Elton John Madonna
5 Ray Charles Jimi Hendricks Pink Floyd Bruce Springsteen
Rank 1990's 2000's
1 Garth Brooks Nickleback
2 Mariah Carey Eminem
3 Nirvana Usher
4 Celine Dion Coldplay
5 Whitney Houston Britney Spears
*We'll dip into a great album with a street address title for a name. It refers to the address where the artist lived, but the address was later changed after the album's release due to fans flocking to the property. Who was the artist and the name of the album?
*Little Anthony and The Imperials first released this song as a single in 1964, but there was another artist whose version was by far, the most successful recording of the song in 1980. Name the artist and the song.
*This artist's family moved to Spanish Harlem, New York City, when he was 5 years old. At the age of 9, he was playing a music hall in South Bronx focused on Latino music. He could play various instruments, including the accordion, but he really wanted to focus on the guitar and at age 14...he started that whole process. Who was the artist? We'll play his most famous hit.
*This band was scheduled to record a song we'll play tonight on May 20, 1964, but the lead singer was found dead that morning (cause of death unclear). They rescheduled for the next day and called in a former band member to sing the lead, who then formally rejoined the band. Name the band. And if you are really into it...the song.
Battle Of The Bands! Out of Sight by James Brown vs She’s Lookin’ Good by Wilson Pickett
1.Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard 2.Long Hurts So Bad by Linda Ronstadt
3. Light My Fire by Jose Feliciano 4. Drifters Under the Boardwalk
The James Brown won the Battle by 1 vote
*This great artist toured with The Beatles, backed Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf, helped to inspire The Blues Brothers and performed everywhere from Saturday Night Live to Austin City Limits (both multiple times) along the way. Name the artist.
*This artist owned and loved his very own Pontiac hearse and named it Mort. That hearse was the motivation for the song of his playing in this show. While driving from Toronto to Los Angeles, Mort broke down in 1965.
Name the artist and the song.
*50 years ago on July 20, 1969, astronauts walked on the Moon for the very first time...one of those, 'Where were you when that happened?' moments. Just weeks prior to that event, a song came out telling the story of an astronaut's doomed journey into space. Name the artist and the song.
*Sudden change is the topic of this song, beginning with the Wall Street worker who gets on a train to leave his life behind. This great song has been played by this artist during his solo career and with the famous band he'd been in for many years. Name the artist, the band and the song.
Battle Of The Bands! Swlabr by Cream vs Empty Pages by Traffic
1.Delbert McClinton 2.Long May You Run by Neil Young
3. Space Oddity by David Bowie 4. Don Henley, Eagles, New York Minute
The Traffic won the Battle by 1 vote
*This well-known artist wrote a song that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in a movie in 2000. The song was also used in a Chrysler commercial that aired during the 2014 Super Bowl. So friends...name the artist, the movie and the song or just wait until it plays today on Looney's Tunes!
*This great California-born artist was kind of a 'surfer musician', but it almost cost him his life. While surfing, he got hit by 2 successive mammoth waves, unable to catch his breath between them...but miraculously survived. Name the artist.
*We'll catch one of the trademark songs from this well-known band that was written by the keyboardist of the group. Significantly, he credits God for giving him the song and inspiration, claiming that he received a 'supernatural download' that allowed him to quickly finish this classic. You'll recognize the group and the song when we play it.
*This artist received a book of great phrases from his cousin just prior to his work on an excellent album. One particular phrase stuck in his mind: 'Most things I worry about never happen anyway.' He worked it into an excellent track that will play this evening. We reveal the artist and the song late in the show.
Battle Of The Bands! Dedicated to the One I Love by Mamas & The Pappas vs Happy Together by The Turtles
1.Bob Dylan, Wonderboys, Things Have Changed 2.Chris Isaak
3. Faithfully by Journey 4. Crawling Back to You by Tom Petty
The Turtles won the Battle by 2 votes
*A long-standing band that has been around for 5 decades plus, brought in an 18 year old guitarist in 1968. He was full of ideas and concepts that helped move the band out the blues an into the rock music mainstream. The band and that artist revealed...unless you don't already know...
*This long-term Canadian singer-songwriter was the subject of some very bizarre rumors back in 2010 when micro-bloggers posted a message of his death, when he was actually still alive...and still living today. Who is the artist? We'll play an excellent 'deep cut' this evening...
*A great UK artist, but a long-term resident of the US, had a bout with throat cancer, successful surgery, but actually lost his voice for almost 9 full months in the year, 2000. Name the artist.
*This band's first concept album has a tune sequence that loosely follows the story of a dreamer trying to escape reality. Using mixed metaphors and characters from Robin Hood to William Tell to Lancelot to the Wizard Of Oz, the band struck big time with it in the early 70's. Who was the band and name that album.
Battle Of The Bands! You Really Got Me by Kinks vs My Back Pages by Byrds
1.Fleetwood Mac, Danny Kirwin 2.Gordon Lightfoot
3. Rod Stewart 4. El Dorado by Electric Light Orchestra
The Kinks won the Battle by a 2 votes
My research this week has uncovered some very entertaining facts that should make for great fun during the show. I reviewed the Inside The Gates Radio more prominent musicians and wanted to see where some of them stacked up in terms of their rank in the pecking order of all-time best selling artists. Reviewing the top 50 of all time...there were more than a few surprises.
Where do you think these artists and/or groups ranked in the Top 50? (Units Sold)
Eagles #4 Bob Seger #31
Queen #47 Led Zeppelin #5
Fleetwood Mac #21 Bob Dylan #45
The Beatles #1 Chicago #38
Eric Clapton #37 The Rolling Stones #13
*This song was written by one of the group's band members and is a nostalgic piece about his childhood, and while it dates him, it is pretty much right-on in terms of images from his childhood...The Howdy Doody show, collecting baseball cards and comic books. The group and song comes early in tonight's show...
*This American artist (born in Virginia) burst on to the international music scene in 1986, with fresh songs, excellent piano chops and a terrific backing band. His debut album received world wide acclaim, but by the mid-1990's, this artist broke up the band to pursue a wider spectrum of music. Name the artist and debut album...
*This artist has apparently seen and done most of it...whatever 'it' involves. In his case, 'it' translates into romance with a fellow great artist, inspiring a character in a classic 1969 film, serving 9 months in a Texas state prison, receiving a liver transplant, paid for by a great friend and fellow artist and becoming the biological father for two children. Any guesses on just who this might be?
*The Righteous Brothers came out with a song that many consider, a most important contribution to music culture. Coming up with the song is not that difficult, but deducing who came up with what is believed to be the top 5 covers of that very song...well, congrats to you if you know. We'll play the #1 version. Any guesses on the artists in that group of 5? Extra credit for guessing the #1 cover group/artist...
Battle Of The Bands! Everyone I Meet is from California by America vs Run Through the Jungle by Credence Clearwater Revival
1.Old Days by Chicago 2.The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby & The Range
3. Time I Have by David Crosby 4. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling is the Song Top Covers ranked from 1 – 5 are: Hall & Oates, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, Dionne Warwick, Glen Campbell, Elvis Presley
Bruce Hornsby & The Range won the Battle by a comfortable Margin