*This artist was the co-leader of this fantastic band that illuminated the '70's music scene. But as the 1980's dawned, the band's golden days were dimming, leading this artist to his first solo album. And it's success carried over with additional albums, until the band came back together. Name the band and the artist.
*A school teacher previewed an assignment to their class one day. The teacher played this song and instructed the class to analyze what the songwriter was feeling. One student was inspired to write from the perspective of what the song meant to his home town. This track might even inspire thoughts of your home town. Name the song and the artist if you can.
*This band had 3 lead singers and their name is fashioned after a 'rudimentary nightly temperature gauge." Hugely popular band in the 70's. What was the name of the band?
*The artist Sting got along quite well with another musician that not many people would have guessed. They shared a drummer (Vinny Colaiuta) , who came to Sting's band from the other artist. And Sting made a guest appearance at one of the mystery artist's live shows. Name the artist.
Battle Of The Bands!
Keeping The Faith by Billy Joel vs Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
1. Steely Dan Donald Fagen 2. My Little Town by Simon & Garfunkel
3. Three Dog Night 4. Frank Zappa
Bruce Springsteen won by the slimmest of margins
*The brother of this band's frontman wrote a poem when he was 15 that his brother and this band used as the basis for this song. The song contrasts what its like to live in a large city during the day and during the night. The particular city in question...New York City. Name the band and the song
*The story of this great track from 1973 is about a man who meets the woman he believes is the true love of his life in the lobby of a Hotel...and he immediately makes a lifelong commitment to her, promising her the storied house on the edge of town with the white picket fence. In the end, she leaves his crying in his beer. Name the song and the band
*This song from 1977 begins with the guy getting kicked to the curb by his girl, presumably because he won't tell her he loves her. He makes the case that even though he will never love her, he's good enough, since after all he does want her and need her, and happy endings are only for fairy tales. All this translates into the title of the track...can you name it?
*This artist grew up in Seymour, Indiana, where he claims nobody had ever become famous. Ignoring the many naysayers, he went to New York and earned a record deal, which turns out was not that big a deal, as labels were hiring photogenic young rockers by the hundreds. While he got fed up and did not play the games the industry deemed necessary, he clashed with the establishment, but in the end...became a huge success. Name the artist
Battle Of The Bands!
I Can’t Quit Her by Blood, Sweat & Tears vs Another Rainy Day by Chicago
1.Summer In The City by Lovin’ Spoonful 2. Dixie Chicken by Little Feat
3. Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad by MeatLoaf 4. John Mellencamp
Blood, Sweat & Tears won by the slimmest of margins
*This artist did not play baseball, but he loved watching it and hearing the stories his father would tell him about the legendary New York Yankees. This song honors the players that were heroes to him as long as he can remember. Name the artist and the song.
*Ghost Riders In The Sky was a 1948 Cowboy song by Stan Jones, but the more famous versions were later recorded by Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby. The song was also an inspiration for an early 70's rock band, whose version was a big hit with a slightly different title. Name the band, their famous front man and the song.
*This artist sold over 3,000,000 copies of his 1994 album in the US alone. He had plans to re-release it as a double album and then play it straight through on a special tour. He kept it a secret from everyone, including his band, thinking they could read about the plan in Rolling Stone magazine, kind of like everyone else. Unfortunately, the artist passed away prior to this all coming together. Name the artist and the album if you can.
*This song had a title and lyrics inspired by an oft-use expression by Jackie Gleason. The song created a fantasy world where the artist was the object of all of his woman's affections. Name the artist and the song.
Battle Of The Bands!
What It Is by Mark Knopfler vs Let’s Dance by David Bowie
1.Centerfield by John Fogerty 2. Riders On The Storm by The Doors Jim Morrison
3. Wildflowers by Tom Petty 4. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by Marvin Gaye
David Bowie came out ahead in the Battle by 15 - 11
*This popular duo, both of whom were born in Texas, had great hits in the early to mid 1970's and then disbanded in 1980. They reunited on two different occasions, the last time in 2004. Both artists have long been advocates of the Baha'i Faith. Name the band
*This artist was quoted saying..."Before there was organized religion, there was the moon. The Indians knew about the moon. Pagans followed the moon. I've followed it for as long as I can remember, and that's just my religion." Name the artist.
*Country Singer/Songwriter Marty Stuart wrote a song...The Observations Of A Crow...in 1999. Shortly after that, he realized how many melodic similarities his song had with a track from a huge musical icon. Stuart got to hang out with that artist who told him that he might borrow something out Stuart's song someday. We'll play the track. Any guesses on the artist to whom Stuart was referring and if you know the song...wow for you!
*This song starts with layers of clock noises...each clock being recorded separately at an antiques store and then the band and their famous engineer blended them together. The clocks were used to demonstrate a new quadraphonic sound system. Name the song and the band
Super Ball Battle Of The Bands!
Kansas City by Paul McCartney vs San Francisco by Scott McKenzie
1.Seals and Crofts 2. Neil Young
3. Things Have Changed by Bob Dylan 4. Time by Pink Floyd
Kansas City prevailed in the Battle by 21 – 20 and On the Field by 31 - 20
*This famous band was signed to the MCA Record company for $9,000. so you can imagine the time frame. The band was largely unknown when they performed at an event call "Sounds Of The South" press party. The song we will play was written specifically for this event and largely had over 500 hardened industry vets standing on their chairs to get a glimpse of group. Name the band and the song.
*The Gap wanted to use this band and one of their hits in a commercial, but Apple Records owned the rights to the song and asked for an enormous sum of money and The Gap turned it down. Name the band...and the song which might be a bit more difficult.
*As a teenager in 1960, this artist attended a concert for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, which served as a catalyst for starting a rock band with a horn section. His first band resisted putting one together so he quit and went to California to get one started. Name the artist and the band.
*This song is a homage to the teenage rebellion songs of the '50's. It's about a kid whose conservative parents held him to a 10:00 PM curfew. He was stuck while everyone else was out there having fun. The duo who performed this great tune lament the success of the song, (it became most popular), but they didn't feel like it was their best work. Name the group and the song.
Battle Of The Bands! Homeward Bound by Fleetwood Mac vs Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
1.Workin’ For MCA by Lynyrd Skynrd 2. No Matter What by Badfinger
3. Al Kooper Chicago 4. Your Mama Don’t Dance by Loggins and Messina
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young won the Battle with 62% of votes
* Gladys Knight and The Pips released this song in 1973 and it quickly ran up both the Hot Soul and Billboard Charts. A number of artists have covered the song successfully giving it new life and exposure each time. The version we'll play is by a well-known British artist, extremely popular in the US, while living here until his death. Name the song and the artist
*The Rolling Stones originally titled this song...Good Time Woman with somewhat different lyrics. But Mick Jagger got influenced by 'jargon shouting' gamblers in casinos, giving him new ideas for this track. This great Stones song was then reworked with a new title. Name the song
*This artist was desperate for a hit album, as his first 2 did not sell well and he found himself in danger of losing his record deal. The first track on the new album (in 1975) got him precisely where he needed to go. The title of the song came from a Robert Mitchum movie that he never saw, but saw the name on a movie poster. Name the artist and the song
*The lead single from a Sting album in 1993 won him a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male and a nomination for both Record (Album) of the Year and Song of the Year. Name the song
Battle Of The Bands! Champagne Jam by Atlanta Rhythm Section vs No Time by Guess Who
1.I’ve Got To Use My Imagination by Joe Cocker 2. Tumbling Dice
3. Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen 4. If Ever I Lose My Faith In You
Guess Who won the Battle by the slimmest of margins
* This artist released a "duets" album in 2006 at the ripe young age of 80. Good thing there are no 'term limits' when it comes to this artist, who had a tour scheduled for this year, including Atlanta next month. Who is the artist?
*One music critic described this track as a 'perfect rock song...an anthem" featuring one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock. 1981 was the year and this song explores a directional area of Detroit, Michigan, which in this case defaults to the Canadian city of Windsor.
*The great Delbert McClinton played the harmonica on this classic track from back in 1961. A little known artist and group at that time, namely John Lennon and The Beatles was so impressed with the harmonica intro, he asked McClinton how to play it. A year later it showed up on a song. A couple of guesses here...Name the track from 1961, and the song it then showed up on later.
*The great song, 'Tell It Like It Is' was first recorded in 1966 by this artist. But the song was covered by a group in 1980 and that rendition became the most popular version. Who were the artists?
*This cryptic, apocalyptic anti-war track was basically written on the author and performer's boat. But there were multiple songwriters and they put it, they 'imagined ourselves as the few survivors, escaping on a boat to create a new civilization'. The song was played at the Woodstock Festival. Name the band and the song.
*This well-known song uses a basketball game as a metaphor for a romance. Because of said basketball references, it was used in NBA promos in the mid-1980's. This is one of the group's favorite songs!. Name the tune and the band.
Battle Of The Bands! You Wreck Me by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers vs Hollywood Nights by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
1.Tony Bennett 2.Don’t stop Believing by Journey
3. Hey! Baby by Bruce Channel, Love Me Do 4. Aaron Neville - Heart
5. Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash 6. One on One by Hall & Oates
Bob Seger won the Battle handily
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