*Not many artists had the resume like this gent. He was a big Beatles fan, so he checked off a box of accomplishment when he played at George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh. He played with Jerry Lee Lewis because he never got a chance to play with Elvis...so he did the next best thing. As a session musician he's played with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Band, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Byrds and Willie Nelson. His collaboration with Elton John was his final and most moving effort. Name the artist...
*We'll play a track that is the name of this band's 3rd album. There is a title track, but when recording it for the album, the band did not like how it sounded. The result was...it never made the album. They brought it back 2 years later in 1970 and put it on their 5th studio album. Name the band and the song...
*The Woodstock Music Festival is legendary in U.S. concert lore. For Woodstock fans, you probably know who the very first performer was at the festival. We'll play a track that artist performed, one of a few cover versions of songs by a band he really liked...and he covered them quite nicely...Name the performer and the band he enjoyed covering...
*We'll play a song this artist wrote with legendary session guitarist, Waddy Wachtel. The artist was working with the Everly Brothers at the time, and he hired Wachtel for that session. Phil Everly asked the pair to write them a dance song. While jamming on their guitars, someone asked what they were playing and Wachtel just started howling. It never got done for The Everly Brothers. Jackson Browne produced the song with backing vocals by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie from Fleetwood Mac...a song that became one of, if not the most, popular tracks ever for this artist. Name the artist and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Summer Breeze by Isley Brothers vs Whose Cadillac Is That by War
1. Leon Russell 2. Doors, Waiting for the Sun 3. Richie Havens, Beatles
4. Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London
Listeners picked War with 54% of the votes
*Few groups that established themselves in the 1960's survived the transition into the 1970's better than this particular band. Like many of the San Francisco bands, they were initially a young blues band that developed into one of the pioneers of the psychedelic rock scene. Name the band that is a staple of Shiraz Alikhan's shows
*We'll play the very 1st hit by a Cleveland, Ohio band from the mid-60's, just one of 4 songs that charted for the band that year. The writer of this song started writing it in 1958, but it took 7 years to get it recorded and released. The lead singer for the band was also the lead singer (Sonny Geraci) for a one-hit wonder band and the song, Precious and Few. The drummer (Jim Fox) of the band on their 1st album later formed The James Gang with Joe Walsh.
Can you name the band, their 1st hit? And extra credit for the name of the band that did Precious And Few...
*Bob Dylan wrote this song with only 3 chords and a simple melody. It started out as a song called 'Up To Me', a song recorded by another artist the following year. Dylan re-named the song based on a line from Creedence Clearwater Revival's, 'Who'll Stop The Rain?' The song expresses the sadness of not knowing what you have until its gone. It's not 'Up To Me'...but name the song when Dylan released it in 1975.
*Eric Clapton had some help writing this track from an artist who is listed on the album as "L'angelo Misterioso" who also played rhythm guitar on the song. The title has nothing to do with the song and was actually named by mistake when Clapton misread his co-writer's notes. The track was one of only 3 studio recordings on Cream's last album and had actually broken up by the time the album was released. Name the co-writer and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Somebody to Love by Queen vs Question by Moody Blues
1. Steve Miller Band 2. The Outsiders, Time Won’t Let Me , Climax
3. Shelter From The Storm 4. George Harrison, Badge
Listeners picked Moody Blues with 52% of the votes
*k.d. lang wrote and recorded a song in 1992, the chorus of which was self-determined to sound very much like the chorus of the Rolling Stones track we'll play tonight. The Stones paid her royalties as a result. Name both songs
*This trio of artists first sang together during an informal jam at the house of Cass Elliott, of whom they all were quite fond. She was the only one to sing backing vocals on the album and the track we'll enjoy tonight. Name the band...
*This Beatles song was condemned for perceived references to drug usage, but Paul McCartney who wrote the track, while he understood how it could be construed as such, tried to dispel that interpretation by claiming it to be a song about repairs he undertook at his farmhouse on the west coast of Scotland. Neme the song...
*Alan Parsons wrote this song that he believes to be somewhat of a sad song, stating it's been an inspiration for many people who are growing old or have become ill. The song has actually been played at funerals on occasion. Name the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Time Machine by Grand Funk Railroad vs Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp
1. Constant Craving by k.d. lang, Anybody Seen My Baby? By The Rolling Stones
2. Crosby, Stills & Nash 3. Fixing a Hole 4. Time
Listeners picked Supertramp with 55% of the votes
*This artist was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. and at first tried becoming a police officer like his father and brother...it didn't take. He took off for San Francisco and Cal-Berkely where he met a sorority girl (an Alpha Pi), whose mother did everything in her power split the two. She wanted her daughter to meet a nice doctor or lawyer or CPA...anything but a musician. He wrote this song about taking a bus ride to the California Redwoods...but it could be to anywhere...he would provide the tickets. Name the artist and the song
*This song is about an aspiring actress, with the director/photographer promising her a big break. Was he just leading her on or not is unknown. The song is named after the aspiring actress and comes from a band known for exceptional quality and musicianship. Michael McDonald joined them on this track, singing backing vocals and they went through7 or 8 guitar players before they found the right one for the solo. Name the band and the song.
*This daughter of a late great artist wanted a career in music but her early gigs were highlighted by fears and insecurities that kept her from fully committing to the lifestyle. Enter the Father, who scooped her up in her mid-20's and put her in his blues band. Eventually she got her "road-dog" status with him and it forced her into deciding...music was 'it' for her. Her father wasn't just part of any band...but the band...
Name the father artist and the daughter...
*The band, Cream, didn't last that long due to some strange dynamics between members, but they did have a very successful farewell tour. They had an opening act for the tour and it basically turned out to be a bit of a 'coming out party' for the group. The band went on to hold the record for most performances at Madison Square Garden during the decade of the 70's. Name the band...
Battle Of The Bands!
For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield vs I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds
1. Eddie Money, Two Tickets To Paradise 2. Steely Dan, Peg
3. Levon Helm, Amy Helm 4. Yes
Listeners picked Buffalo Springfield with 53% of the votes
* This artist made a huge name for himself with his band back from 1977 to 1988 before a breakup due primarily to burnout. A recharge period led to a solo career and now the artist has a completely different attitude about writing songs (writes them alone and then records with the band) and says they are best played to a live audience (he now enjoys the whole circus surrounding touring). Name the artist
*Marvin Gaye co-wrote this song which became the biggest hit and trademark song for this group. The idea came to the writing team while they were riding through Detroit. During the summer, the city would sometimes open fire hydrants and let folks cool off....it looked a bit like they were dancing. The song was written during the height of the civil rights movement in the US and many African Americans interpreted it as a call to 'demonstrate in the streets' in many of the cities mentioned in the song...Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and a few others. Name the song and group that recorded it
*This song was inspired by the writer and performer watching the movie American Graffiti, released in 1973, but set in 1962. The song is actually about a couple losing their virginity in the back seat of a Chevy and the writer says the song is autobiographical. This midwestern artist did a number of songs about his experiences growing up as a kid. Name the artist and song...
*This artist was preparing music for a new album in 1975 and he decided that he would write a song for his once fellow bandmate and friend. He played the song for him and the two of them decided to collaborate again in the studio on this track. It was released as a single that year...a song about someone who hates the town he grew up in...somebody happy to get out. And the performer for whom it was written confirmed that he grew up in an area where a career in music was not seen as either desirable or exciting. Name the artists and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Levon by Elton John vs Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash
1. Mark Knopfler 2. Dancing In The Streets by Martha and the Vandellas
3. Bob Seger, Night Moves 4. Simon & Garfunkel, My Little Town
Listeners picked C,S & N going away with 54%
* This singer/songwriter wrote this 1975 classic song on a farm in Minnesota after touring with the group, The Band earlier that year. The inspiration for the song came from art classes he was taking from Norman Raeben who promoted looking at things from a 'nonlinear' perspective and reflect that in his songs. The song deals with all things going on in his life at the time. Name the artist and the song...that according to the artist took 'Ten years to live and two years to write'...
*Born in Anchorage, Kentucky, (yes there is such a place), this performer has done it all, including putting herself through college and then moved to NYC to make a name for herself in the music business. Her 1st solo album produced a hit single and she eventually garnered 7 Grammy Awards. She founded her own record company, Womanly Hips. Name the artist...
*The story behind this song has been passed down countless times and is no stranger to being changed each time. The artist sailed into the British Virgin Islands, experiencing some hard weather along the way. Tired and hungry and with few options for gourmet restaurants, he discovered the brand new Village Cay Marina and Restaurant in Roadtown. Turns out...it turned out to be paradise...Name the artist and the song....
*An album that is considered to be the best work by this band and frontman contained a picture of what appears to be the scene from the movie, The Wizard Of Oz. The track we'll enjoy was the first Top 40 hit for the band and was the result of an argument between the songwriter and his father. Name the band, the album and extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
I Put A Spell On You by Credence Clearwater Revival vs Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
1. Bob Dylan, Tangled Up In Blue 2. Joan Osborne 3. Jimmy Buffett, Cheeseburger in Paradise
4. Electric Light Orchestra, “Eldorado”, Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
Listeners picked Dire Straits by 55%
The Band had a song released as a single in 1975. It goes together quite nicely with this scene shot at a certain time of day from the back of Chateau Looney here in the Canoe.... Name the song...
*Earth, Wind And Fire wrote a song for a low-budget movie of the same name about the corruption of a record label. It starred Harvey Keitel. Stevie Wonder performed an a cappella version of the song at the Grammy Awards in 2016 in honor of one of the band members who had passed 2 months earlier. Name the song and extra credit to you Earth, Wind and Fire fans that can name the band member Wonder was honoring...
*The closest comparison to this artist in the world of rock is Bruce Springsteen. Both have gravelly voices, both have worked as solo artists with consistent backing bands, with those bands having similar instrumentation...keyboards, guitar and saxophone. Both are known for their empathy with the working class and go the extra yard to please audiences during live performances. Name the artist...
*One of the 1st songs written by this artist at the age of 17 was 1st recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary in 1966. The artist herself recorded her own version in 1967. We'll play the Blood, Sweat & Tears version of the song, a track that reflects on the cycles of life and death. Name the singer/songwriter who passed away at the young age of 49 in 1997 and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
The Letter by Joe Cocker vs Bluebird by Leon Russell
1. Twilight 2. That’s The Way Of The World, Maurice White 3. Bob Seger
4. Laura Nyro, And When I Die
After last week’s one vote difference, Listeners chose Joe Cocker by 57%
* 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
* 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
* 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!