*Crosby, Stills & Nash, one of the great groups of our lifetime (with or without Neil Young), had more than their share of problems, egos and yes, girlfriends. This song by one of the members is about his then-girlfriend. It started out as a long narrative poem about their relationship, but it poured out over many months and several filled notebooks. Lyrics aside, getting the music to fit was difficult. The title of the track is a play on words. Multi-parts to guess here. Name the artist, the person of his affection and extra credit for the name of the song...
*Did you ever skip school? I waited for college to start skipping a class or two, but it might have been easier to do in high school in England in 1967. A couple of schoolmates in this band would skip class and end up at this destination,,,the subject of the song's title. The song ended up being misinterpreted as many thought the mates were skipping school to well...get high. That, however, was not the case as the pair of bandmates that wrote it, claim to this day. Name the band and the name of the song...
*Unlike another song by this great 60's band that is often thought of as a love song, but it deals with the unrequited , slightly obsessive kind. The track we'll play is a perfect wedding song, as it is about unrelenting devotion. This track was the 2nd most played song on American radio and television in the 20th century, trailing only "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by the Righteous Brothers. Think of a popular 60's band that expressed love in any number of their songs. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song we'll enjoy later today...
*The Beatles started Apple records that gave them more control over their recording destinies (while it lasted of course). But they also invited other bands to record there as well. This band was the first additional band signed to Apple.
That band also had a very accomplished producer, an artist himself, to further groom this band's most excellent and distinctive voices. We'll play a track from that album from 1971. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the producer...
Battle Of The Bands!
Losing My Religion by R.E.M. vs Good Times Roll by The Cars
1. Stephen Stills, Suite Judy Blue Eyes, about Judy Collins
2. The Small Faces, Itchykoo Park
3. The Association, Never My Love
4. Badfinger, Todd Rundgren producer
R.E.M.was the winner with 52% of the votes
* This album from 1976 was this artist's greatest success in a very long career that is still going. The artist largely influenced by blues early on in his career actually transformed himself into a pop/rocker, picking up a new generation of listeners...not an easy thing to do...but it happened. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the album...
*We'll play a song with a message about global cooling (not warming) from 1974. It was this artists first foray into the issue of ecology as the scientific community said we were heading towards a new ice age. Not long after, the so-called experts reversed their course and claimed it was actually global warming on the horizon. Your clue is...that would make for some thin ice. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
*This song was a personal favorite of all the songs he'd ever written...one that he loves performing with the band. It wasn't a huge hit, but people certainly know it. It wasn't a massive hit primarily because it was 6 minutes long...too long for significant radio play at the time in 1988. It's a song about trying to find out what happened to the one's first love. The artist went on record saying that it is probably for the better to never figure that out and leave things as a nice memory. The song was released in 1988...kind of a moody song. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song.
*We'll play a real mood piece from a great member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young...meaning, of course, you have a 1 in 4 chance. The song was part of a solo album in 1970 with tender vocals influenced by Tim Hardin, and included guest drummer, Ringo Starr. Lyrically, the track is a heartbreaking farewell to an ill-fated love affair. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song.
Battle Of The Bands!
Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young vs Sandman by America
1. Boz Scaggs, Silk Degrees
2. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day
3. The Moody Blues, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
4. Stephen Stills, To a Flame
America was the winner with a solid 55%
*This artist, born in Indianapolis in 1952...he moved to Nashville at the age of 18 to get started on his music career. It all started with him writing songs for other artists, but that ultimately led him to start writing and recording music for himself that has turned into 5+ decades of great music. Name the artist...
*After spending the better part of the 1980's as a solo acoustic troubadour, this co-founder of a great American band from the 60's, landed a contract for a solo album with Arista Records at the turn of the 1990's. The album features the artist's trademark Rickenbacker 12-string guitar and some extra special contributors that included Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, David Crosby and Chris Hillman. Name the artist and the band he co-founded in the 60's...
*After a remarkable string of hits through 1969, this band released its fourth album in less than 18 months. Very prolific! The album became a hot seller (consistent with the previous 3) consisting primarily of songs written by some of rock music's best, but as yet unheralded, composers. For example, the track we'll play was written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols that was released in 1970, both on the album and as a single. Much to solve here. Name the band
and true extra credit if you know the name of the album and the track we'll play...
*Song inspirations come from good times and bad times. This artist wrote this song in 1967 during one of those 'bad times'. He was arguing with his girlfriend about her cooking to the point where her anger led to throwing pots and pans and storming out to a friend's house for a day or two. When she returned, the artist had written this song for her. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Middle of the Road by The Pretenders vs Come To My Window by Melissa Ethridge
1. John Hiatt
2. Roger McGuinn, The Byrds
3. Three Dog Night, It Ain’t Easy, Out in the Country
4. Jimi Hendrix, The Wind Cries Mary
Melissa Ethridge was the winner by a single vote
*This mellow song about an impending revolution was a surprise hit in the UK, where it was #1 for three weeks in the summer of 1969. The track was written by the band's drummer who got to know Pete Townshend of The Who through session work and then actually wrote a song for them that appeared on their 1967 album, The Who Sell Out in 1967. Townshend took an interest in the artist's songwriting abilities and actually assembled a band around him...one such member, jazz pianist, Andy Newman. Andy's nickname actually became part of the name of the band. Name the band and extra credit for the song we'll share...
*A track we'll play from 1993 got lyrics assistance from some quite old literature...John Keats' 1884 poem, Ode To A Nightingale and a 1934 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The title of this track from a great artist released in 1993, was lifted from the aforementioned literary classics...a song about the wonders of love. The title when combined with 'When you hold your baby tight" lends itself to a kind of doo-wop sort of reference. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
*We'll head back to 1966 to grab a song from this Northern Ohio band, the first of their 4 charting songs. The band's lead singer was also the lead singer for the band, Climax (Precious and Few) while the drummer on their first album, later formed The James Gang with Joe Walsh. Name the band, and extra credit for the name of the lead singer and drummer. Deep credit for the name of the track we'll play...
*When this artist released his first solo album, he had a bunch of help from other famous artists with whom he played together before and after the album. The song urges the subject to quit pining for his Ex and have fun in the moment.
Joining him on this song...David Crosby, Graham Nash, John Sebastion, Rita Cooledge and Priscilla Jones. Name the artist and the track in question...
Battle Of The Bands!
Peace Train by Cat Stevens vs Help Me by Joni Mitchell
1. Thunderclap Newman, Something in The Air
2. Jackson Browne, Tender is the Night
3. The Outsiders, Sonny Geraci, Jimmy Fox, Time Won’t Let Me
4. Stephen Stills, Love The One You’re With
Joni Mitchell was the winner by a single vote
*We'll play a track about a guy who will only dance to rock and roll. It's one of several of this artist's songs where he expresses fealty to the genre, which he helped create. The distinctive guitar riff he came up with on the track influenced many subsequent rock tracks. The Beatles recorded a version of it as well. Name the artist and extra credit for the song originally released in 1957...
*The guitarist in this great band wrote this song about his Native Canadian girlfriend...he married her in 1973 and they divorced 2 years later. This song represented the first time he sang lead on one of this band's songs. The couple also had a daughter for whom he wrote another song...a year after her birth. Name the artist, the band and extra credit for the name of the track...
*This song was inspired by Somerset Street in Belmont, Massachusetts, a wooded road running adjacent to the land owned by McLean Hospital...a place where this artist was committed to receive treatment for depression. A friend of the artist said this song is about the road that leads away from his ensnaring family. Randy Meisner, later of the Eagles, played bass on the track. Name the artist and the song...
*In 1987 this artist released her first major-label album, causing considerable controversy with the traditional world of country music. Her overall approach, appearance and edgy, rock-influenced music left many observers questioning just what to make of her music. One thing never questioned was her considerable vocal talents. She eventually abandoned country music for some torchy adult contemporary pop in the early 90's. Name the artist...
Battle Of The Bands!
The Bitch is Back by Elton John vs Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
1. Chuck Berry, Rock and Roll Music
2. Dicky Betts, Jessica
3. James Taylor, Country Road
4. K. D. Lang
The Rolling Stones were the winners with 58% of votes
* Perhaps a lesser known fact about this artist is that he has been flying for over 30 years now. His love for it started when a friend of his in college (at Southern Mississippi) introduced him to it. Of course, money can be tight in one's college days and flying is not cheap. But money became an 'non-issue' and he became a pilot on top of his musical exploits. Name the artist...
*Many artists deal in 'hypotheticals' in their lyrics. Take John Lennon's Imagine as one of the most notable of our lifetime. The artist that we'll play ponders what it would be like with no wars, no armies and children smiling with unlimited happiness. What if tomorrow, everyone was your friend? Name the artist who longs for such utopian situations and oh...extra credit for the name of the track. If not..we'll share it this evening...
*Peter Tosh was a co-writer of a song playing later today. He and his co-writer wrote this song, very much influenced by their upbringing in Jamaica, a place they had to fight for respect and acceptance. The music is based on the song, 'Slippin Into Darkness' by War. Name the other co-writer and extra credit for the name of the track from 1973,,,
*This artist got the idea for a song from a road sign he saw just north of Phoenix, Arizona. The road in question intersects 1-17 and leads to a small community north of Phoenix. There is also a woman in the song who was the artist's girlfriend when he was a mere 22 years of age. Her name was Ann. Name the artist, and extra credit for the name of the track...
Battle Of The Bands!
Not Alone Anymore by Traveling Wilburys vs Wrong Number by Doobie Brothers
1. Jimmy Buffett
2. John Fogerty, Don’t You Wish It Was True
3. Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up
4. Gordon Lightfoot, Carefree Highway
Doobie Brothers were the winners with a single vote margin
*They say that dogs can hear sounds that humans cannot. The prolific songwriter for this band was always reaching for something, some aural effect, that was imperceptible to all but him. Considered a musical genius, he wrote a song in 1966 that had a title change prior to its release because the artist was skittish about invoking the divine. He was convinced to do it regardless of his initial feelings. He replaced the name 'Fred' with 'God'. Name the band, the songwriter and the song...
*Dave Loggins wrote a ballad that became a top 20 hit for this band back in 1972. Loggins was the first one to record the song, but this band's version was by far, the most successful of the two recordings. Two of the band's members left the recording location in London prior to the completion of the album and this was one of two tracks that did not feature all three of the band's vocalists. Name the band and extra credit for the song title...
*We'll play a track from a great artist who appeared on some of the most acclaimed recordings in music history, including The Spencer Davis Group's, Gimme Some Lovin', George Harrison's All Things Must Pass album, The Rolling Stone's, 'Street Fighting Man and Jimi Hendrix's classic, 'All Along The Watchtower'. We'll play this artist's first charting single from 1970, a song that was also recorded by Delaney & Bonnie a year later. Name the artist and the name of the song...
*Back in 1969, this band carried a name contrary to the entire anti-Vietnam movement. But the band's mission was to spread a message of brotherhood and harmony. Their weapons were their instruments and voices. The title track from their 4th studio album would become their first single and first gold hit. Name the band and extra credit for the song title...
Battle Of The Bands!
Running on Empty by Jackson Browne vs In The City by Joe Walsh (Eagles)
1. Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, God Only Knows
2. Three Dog Night, Pieces Of April
3. Dave Mason, Only You Know And I Know
4. War, All Day Music
Joe Walsh was the winner with a solid 55% of votes
*Sheryl Goddard is a dancer who was born in 1957, a profession she remains active in even today. She has also been married to an artist for over 40 years. That artist, Vincent Damon Furnier, is better known by his stage name.
He'll be singing the cover of a great song...a kind of tribute to his wife. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
*We'll enjoy a track first recorded by a R&B group in 1967 by the name of Soul Brothers Six. The version we'll enjoy comes from a band from the Midwest that listened to a station (call letters WAMM) that played R&B, gospel and soul music, primarily from black artists. The drummer of this band (a great 70's kind of band) got the rest of the band pumped up to record it after hearing it on WAMM. It kind of became the group's go-to sing along song whenever they'd take long car rides. They made it a huge hit. Name the band that recorded it in 1975 and extra credit for the name of the track...
*A great artist who was born in 1938, passed away in 2013. His style was a loose, cross-genre mix of blues, rockabilly, country and jazz influences. By the year 1970, he was very frustrated with the music business as he had not caught a break, but along comes this great British artist who recorded a great track that was written by the man who would become his great friend and future collaborator. The recording of one of the artist's songs was the break he needed to sustain a very comfortable musical career going forward. So much to guess here. Name the artist, the musician who recorded the song that put him on the map and extra credit for the name of the song. While we won't be playing that particular song...we'll play a collaboration between the two...most excellent...
*We'll play a song by a band that had major success and considerable problems that led to a shakeup of personnel. A great album in 1977 clearly had the group on a roll, but the success was met with an ultimate downside. The band's founder and leader took a break from the band's next album in 1979 to start performing solo gigs and it was during that period he had a fatal heart attack. The band reeling...disbanded. We'll go to a track from the re-formed band. Name the band and the fallen member...
Battle Of The Bands!
Old Man by Neil Young vs No Time by Guess Who
1. Alice Cooper, Pretty Ballerina (cover of Left Banke song)
2. Grand Funk Railroad, Some Kind of Wonderful
3. J. J. Cale, Eric Clapton, After Midnight, played River Runs Deep
4. Little Feat, Lowell George
Guess Who was the winner with a solid 55% of votes
*The first all-white pop act signed to Motown Records complemented the company's effort to change with the times. It wasn't just about appealing to a broader white audience, but to get songs on FM radio. Motown's use of studio musicians with most of their previous artists did not go well with this group...a full band. But they got through that and we'll play the band's most celebrated hit from 1971. Name the band and extra credit for the song name...
*We'll play an artist hailing from Hamtramck, MI who is known for his gruff, wailing singing style, much influenced by Little Richard and his dynamic stage performances, influenced by James Brown. This artist's first band he fronted for was Billy Lee & The Rivieras, but that name was short-lived when their label quickly changed it in the mid-60's. The hits started to roll. Name the artist and the name of the band...
*This artist wrote this song about his girlfriend (who later became his wife) who broke off their relationship for a spell. The reason was she was just coming off a broken relationship with Rolling Stones founding member, Brian Jones, and did not want to fall into a similar kind of situation. The song must have brought her back to the artist who was close friends with The Beatles at the time. In fact, the artist's producer cautioned him not to play the album and the song to Paul McCartney, for fear of him trying to do something similar. Pretty cool story. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song.
*A couple members of this legendary rock band wrote a song drawing inspiration from Joni Mitchell, specifically after one of her great tracks. Mitchell, as most know, lived in the musically fertile, but earthquake prone, Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. Her song recalls her adventures on a trip to Europe while very much looking forward to a return home. The guy in the song is looking for a girl just like Joni. Lots of opportunities here. Name the Joni Mitchell track, the band who wrote the song inspired by it...and extra credit for the name of that song...
Battle Of The Bands!
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You by Sting vs Graceland by Paul Simon
1. Rare Earth, I Just Want to Celebrate
2. Mitch Ryder, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
3. Donovan, Sunshine Superman, The girlfriend was Linda Lawrence
4. California, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant for Led Zeppelin, Going To California
Sting was the winner by a single vote
*How do you spell success from 1969-1975? This band had 21 hit singles, 11 in the top ten. They covered hits by Lennon/McCartney, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Traffic, Dave Mason and Elton John. Name the band...
*This 'Down Under' band recorded their first album...an eponymous one at that...in 1975. The band wasn't known as much by their individual names as much as the band as a whole. (A subject that will be explored in depth on future shows)... We'll play their debut international single. Name the band and extra credit for the track name...
*A fellow by the name of Tandyn Almer was a successful songwriter in the 60's and 70's...close friends with Brian Wilson and wrote a classic one for the Beach Boys, (Sail On Sailor). But he also wrote a song for a band in tomorrow's BOTB's contest ...it was the first hit for the group. The band's follow-up release then went all the way to the #1 spot. The song in question...the 1966 track...their intro to the world. Name the band and extra credit for the name of their first hit...with even more credit if you know the follow-up track that went to #1....
*If you like to read fiction, perhaps with a western flair...you may have encountered this artist's father's books. It appears the artist inherited those storytelling abilities and went a couple steps forward, putting those lyrics into songs.
His debut album in 1989 was memorable, but we'll see some quite steady improvement that resulted in a new album released last year. Name the artist...
Battle Of The Bands!
Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress by The Hollies vs Along Comes Mary by The Association
1. Three Dog Night
2. Little River Band, It’s A Long Way There
3. The Association, Along Comes Mary, Cherish
4. James Mcmurtry
The Association was the winner with 53% of the votes