*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
*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
*This artist opened for the Rolling Stones way back in 1963. During an interview in 2000, he spoke about how his years of substance abuse had affected his voice, one bad habit of which was smoking 40 cigarettes each day. No falsetto for him (or us, from him) Who was the artist?
*We'll play a song by this band that was had a gospel influence courtesy of the bands love of Aretha Franklin. The lyrics reflect a man calling out to God, asking why he works so hard, but simply can't find love. By the end of the song he decides the singer decides he will not accept defeat! Name the artist/band and the song!
*Carrie Fisher's fame-charmed life inevitably brought her into rock circles. She married a famous artist in 1983 and then quickly divorced the following Summer. The song by her ex is what you'll hear tonight. Any guesses on the artist and the song?
*This great song was written (by a very noteworthy songwriting team) for and originally recorded by this group in 1960 made it all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was notable for being the first song by a black, all-girl group to reach #1 in the US. Who was the group and what was the song also recorded by the songwriter almost 11 years. later?
Battle Of The Bands! Don’t Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders vs Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues
1.Fever by Joe Cocker 2.Somebody to Love by Queen
3. She Moves On by Paul Simon 4. Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
Listeners picked The Moody Blues in the Battle of the Bands