* A track we play early on has been called 'Soul Perfection' and rightly so. It was written by the artist who actually wrote it with the intention of giving the song to singer Kim Carnes (rolling with the success of Bette Davis Eyes), but it did not work out and the writer ended up recording it himself. Name the artist and the song if you can.
*The songwriting team of Glenn Frey and Don Henley actually started writing this song in 2001, but it was not completed and ultimately recorded until 2007. They both admitted that they were never quite sure they would ever finish the song, but a late revelation provided a burst of inspiration and they got it done. Name the song
*This track makes a statement involving satire and humor, poking fun at the incredibly silly lifestyle that someone in the artist's position is faced with...that being despite having a really nice house, he's on the road so much...it is really hard to even feel he lives there. The road life for any musician is not always wine and roses according to this track...Name the artist and the song
*47 years ago, this song appeared on this group's 5th studio album. It's been described as 'the infectious title track' of the album, as its lyrics are 'skillfully depicting the love for a woman or a commitment to God, depending on how one interprets them.' The latter aspect is no surprise, given that the duo was famously affiliated with the Baha'i faith. Name the band and the song
Battle Of The Bands!
Every Breath You Take by Sting vs All About Soul by Billy Joel
1. Smokey Robinson, Being With You 2. Long Road Out of Eden
3. Joe Walsh, Life’s Been Good 4. Seals & Croft, Diamond Girl
Listeners picked Sting with 53% of the votes
* Phil Collins recorded a demo of this track for 2 purposes...one to share with Stephen Bishop (remember the song On And On) so that Bishop would have an idea for recording it himself...and two...for the soundtrack of the movie Buster. He eventually found out that the film used the demo recording and decided to record it himself as he accepted a starring role in the movie. Name the song.
*This band was not the first group to use a horn section, but they were the first to fuse it with rock, jazz and some blues thrown in for good measure. They practiced in a loft on Bleeker Street in New York's Greenwich Village, as crowds gathered and cheered them on any time they did practice. They knew they were on the right track. Name the band
*The title of this track is kind of pure nonsense with a few possible theories on what it meant. Was it an expression used as a way of congratulating each other or perhaps it was simply the name of the artist's pet cat. Name the artist and the song.
*This song was written long before climate change became a hot topic, but even in 1970, some ecologically minded songwriters were concerned about Mother Earth. The track is a reflection on mortality, and also a lament for the fate of the Earth. Name the song and band that performs it.
Battle Of The Bands!
You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon vs Carolina In My Mind by James Taylor
Listeners picked James Taylor with 52.5% of the votes
* His voice has been described as an 'elegant, seductive croon.' Consider that he and his contemporary, David Bowie, influenced a generation with both their music and their appearances. He has also been described as 'an art object' that should hang in the Tate (Tate being a British museum). He formed a great band in 1970 and had a 13 year run with the group. Only the pandemic has slowed down his touring at age 74. Name the artist, and his former band...
*Lead vocalist of this band from the 60's came across a song by Carl Perkins and wrote a new song with the same title. The band was formed in Tottenham, England back in 1957, but kicked into high gear in the 60's. They were a staple of British clubs...and with this track, created a 'thumping' drum sound, that later became known as...
'The Tottenham Sound'...Name that band and extra credit for the name of the track, their most famous...
*This artist hasn't had a top 40 hit in more than 25 years, but all 6 of his albums from 1988-1998 have been certified as Gold albums. A wry-humored songwriter with a quiet, cowboy charm has a distinctive appeal to his fans...something that is totally mutual. He has been known to pull out a camera at performances simply to capture fun photos of cheering audiences. Name the artist...
*The concept of 'smiling' is explored in both title and lyrics of the track to be shared later today. The track reached #10 on the Billboard Chart in 1974 and continues to resonate throughout the decades since then. A true, fun classic...it'll probably sound as fresh and contagious 50 years from now as it did back then. Name the band and the song that hopefully will promote as big a smile as advertised when you hear it...
Battle Of The Bands!
You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse vs A Whiter Shade Of Pale by
Listeners picked Annie Lennox by a comfortable margin with 55% of the votes
* This song, a duet, was released in 1987. First choices to team up with the singer were either Barbara Streisand or Whitney Houston, but both decided against participating. No worries, as another vocalist was recruited, who did not know she would be singing the song until the day of the recording session. She also co-wrote another track with Quincy Jones on the same album. Name the artist and the song...
*This artist started covering songs that inspired and impacted him while growing up in the Dallas, Texas area, absorbing blues, soul, New Orleans music and some early rock and roll. The inspiring artists? Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Lennon & McCartney to name a few. Not a fan of his own singing voice early on...well...let's just say he did not have such a problem the more he recorded. Name the artist...
*By the time he started recording the album we'll play from later today, this artist had already achieved commercial success as a solo artist and producer. He also became dissatisfied with other musicians that played with him which led to the decision of recording the entire album by himself using multi-tracking. That made him a pioneer back in 1972. Did it make any difference? Not really...
*A song we'll play is all about what it's like to be famous. This artist recruited John Lennon, who helped write this song, coming up with the title and also singing background parts in a 'high' voice. They had met each other less than a year prior to the recording, at a party thrown by Elizabeth Taylor. Lennon was one of the artist's idols and they became good friends...Name the artist and extra credit for the song title...
Battle Of The Bands!
Out Of Sight by James Brown vs Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
1. Siedah Garnett accompanied Michael Jackson on I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
2. Boz Scaggs 3. Todd Rundgren 4. David Bowie, Fame
Listeners picked Wilson Pickett by an overwhelming margin with 60% of the votes
* Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger wrote this track about the numerous times his girlfriend, and later wife, threatened to leave him. Lots of slamming doors in their relationship. The title of the track came from a phrase the legendary Duke Ellington popularized during his concerts. And while The Doors didn't have a bass player, they enlisted Jerry Scheff from Elvis Presley for this one. Name the tune
*This artist was very much a critic of his own singing voice, but he actually had a great voice that he eventually got comfortable flexing, as he covered different genres. Some of his ballads and blues tracks always sounded convincing when performing them. Name the artist.
*A great rock band was formed by a singer/songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist and a keyboardist, vocalist, way back in 1969 in Los Angeles. The band survived 10 years before being broken up by one of the founders due to creative differences. As it turns out, he broke up the band shortly before his death. Surviving members re-formed in 1987. Name the two founders and the band.
*This artist was dating a movie star in the 70's and they went out with some friends to a posh L.A. restaurant. In the middle of the meal, the artist leaned over to his date and whispered...'I wrote a song for you.' No one really took notice as he sang the song softly to her as she started to cry. That is her story...but the artist has a far less romantic version, claiming the track is about a lot more than just women...including a love of soccer and Scotland and perhaps even his parents. Name the artist, the track and extra credit for his date's name...
Battle Of The Bands!
Blue Sky by Allman Brothers Band vs Call Me The Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd
1. Love Her Madly 2. Eric Clapton
3. Little Feat, Lowell George & Bill Payne 4. Rod Stewart, You’re In My Heart,
Listeners picked Lynyrd Skynyrd with a narrow margin with 51% of the votes
* This great band actually modified the group's name a bit for their album (their 13th) that we'll dip into today. They felt compelled to do a slight modification in response to all of the tribute and imitation bands who repeatedly used the band promoting their own tours. Name the band.
*This exceptional artist has had a full life and most rewarding music career. A most interesting personal life that involves 3 marriages and 4 children...living split between South Africa and London currently. Has been plagued by severe pain from a 10 year old spinal surgery that has grown worse each year. Name the 65 year old artist.
*A member of Earth, Wind and Fire decided to put together a solo album in 1984. He sought a well-known vocal contributor at the time to team up with him and together they released the album containing the song we'll enjoy this evening...one that became a huge hit. The track is about a captivating woman who cannot be tamed (their words, not mine). The vocal contributor also produced the album. Name the artist who made the album, the artist he enlisted to join in and also produce the album...extra credit for the name of the track...
*This rock legend and band have been together 40+ years...that's ZZ Top-ish in terms of longevity. Has been nominated for 7 Grammy Awards, but garnered only 1. He's written music for other bands including the Eagles.
Two words are recurring regularly in his incredible repertoire of songs. One is 'night'. The other??? Name the artist and extra credit if you can guess the other word..
Battle Of The Bands!
Hurt’s So Bad by Linda Ronstadt vs Help Me by Joni Mitchell
1. ELO Electric Light Orchestra 2. Annie Lennox 3. Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Easy Lover 4. . Bob Seger Rock
Listeners picked Joni Mitchell with 53% of the votes
* This artist is a tall, glam, accomplished piano player, born in Texas and made a career in dance halls and roadhouses of the Gulf South. She coined a phrase about her music that kind of eloquently sums her boogie-woogie, two-step music vibe...."If you can't make 'em dance...money will become a space problem!" Name the artist...
*The two artists forming this duo recorded 7 albums together from 1972 to 1977. One of them was born in the state of Washington, the other in California. One was part of Buffalo Springfield, the other, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Name the artists...extra credit for which one was born in each state and which band they were in...
*This great rock band also came together after members enjoyed stints with other name bands. A couple of members came from the band, Free. Another came from King Crimson. Another from Mott The Hoople.
Name the band. and extra credit if you know the band members and their previous groups.
*This artist road-tested her songs in her father's taxi cab. She wanted to recapture the atmosphere in which most people would listen to her music. She would cut CD's and play it in the cab because she wanted to know how most people would hear her music, which would not always be through professional studio systems.
Name the artist...
Battle Of The Bands!
Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison vs The Song is Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson
1. Marcia Ball 2. Kenny Loggins born in Washington, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Jim Messina born in California, Buffalo Springfield 3. Formed in 1973, the British hard rock outfit Bad Company was a supergroup comprising ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both previous members of Free. 4. Amy Winehouse
Listeners picked Roy Orbison with 51% of the votes
* There is a Mexican border town surrounding El Paso, TX that is the subject of this 1989 track from The Doobie Brothers. Perhaps it was a cool place to visit back then...but allow me to share my personal story from my one and only visit there in 2012. Name the song if you can.
*I'll play a track that was written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen for Steely Dan in 1973. A cover of the track was made and released 40 years later by this great artist who has collaborated with Fagen on numerous occasions. Name the artist and extra credit for the track name.
*The Everly Brothers were the 'cat's pajamas' back in the 60's. Songs like All I Have To Do Is Dream, Cathy's Clown, Bye Bye Love and Wake Up Little Suzie made staked them to incredible fame. But they did a track in 1965 that you may not know, unless you were a fan of country rock band, Poco, who covered it in 1982. We'll play the Poco version. This is a tough one, and kudos to you if you can name the track...
*In the mid-50's, when this exceptional artist was only 7 years old, his Father was called away for military service, which had been deferred earlier for Medical School. At the conclusion of his Father's service, Dad volunteered for a mission setting up bases in Antarctica. Dad just found it extremely difficult to transition back to domestic life and in 1972, divorce came to the family of the artist. The artist's Father, became the subject (2 years after the divorce) of the track we'll play today. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Roadhouse Blues by The Doors vs Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
1. South of the Border 2. Pearl of the Quarter by Boz Skaggs 3. The Price of Love 4. James Taylor, Walking Man
Listeners picked Steppenwolf with 53% of the votes
* Speaking of traveling...this artist took a train ride from Casablanca in 1966 to this destination and wrote this song about the sights, sounds and vibes that he encountered along the way. The artist left a famous band in 1968, but before he did...he offered this song to his band mates. The tune was rejected as 'not being commercial enough' by his old band...but got recorded by his new band shortly after he joined them. Name the artist, his old band, the new band and the song. (A 4 parter!)
*These two artists both shared a love of country music and an admiration for one of country music's guitar masters, Chet Atkins. In fact they first met each other appearing on a Chet Atkins TV special in 1987. 19 years later, they finally collaborated on an album. We'll go to the 1st single released from the album. Name the artists
*Elton John was vacationing in Africa in early 2010 and listening to music on his iPod, when he was struck by a track from an early artist that influenced him. He'd not heard anything about or even heard his name mentioned in years. Elton decided to go on a mission that ended up with a new collaboration album. Name the artist with whom Elton John collaborated. A beautiful story revealed...if you don't already know it...
*This song from The Band tells a disjointed story about a mountain man and a girl named Bessie. We hear about a trip to the horse races, listening to Spike Jones (sound effect music comedy at it's best from back in the day) and what really made the man happiest...'when she dips her doughnut in my tea'... Name the song
Battle Of The Bands!
Hey You by Pink Floyd vs The Song is Over by The Who
1. Graham Nash, The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marrakesh Express 2. Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris, This Is Us 3. Leon Russell 4. Up On Cripple Creek
Listeners picked The Who with 53% of the votes
* We'll dip into one of this artist's most successful albums. The artist has long been involved with the environmental movement doing concerts to support Forest , Oil, Mining and Water production since the mid-70's. Her tour bus runs on biofuel. Another passion is supporting the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, started to provide health benefits and royalty reform for the pioneer generation of R & B artists. Name the artist...
*This artist released numerous singles from an album that sold over 11 Million copies in the early 70's. The song bemoans the fact that she and the man she loves can't be together and more than hinted that people, in general, were becoming more disconnected from each other. Rather timeless lyrics I suppose. This album was generally noted for ushering in the 'singer/songwriter' genre. Name the artist, the album and extra credit for the song...
*This album debuted at #1 in the U.S. in 2007 after a last minute rule change by Billboard, that effectively blocked Britney Spears highly anticipated 'Blackout' album from topping the chart. But this album won the band 2 Grammy Awards and became the band's 6th #1 album. Selling well over 3 Million copies in the U.S. alone that year...it was the highest selling album of that year....Name the band and the album...
*This track from Pink Floyd was largely considered by many to be about drugs, but Roger Waters, who wrote the lyrics debunked that immediately. The lyrics are about what he felt like as a child when he was sick with a fever.
And it is a feeling that he periodically got as an adult. David Gilmour states that the song can be divided into two sections...dark and light...we'll explore that a little later today. Name the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
These Eyes by The Guess Who vs Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress by The Hollies
1. Bonnie Raitt 2. Carole King, Tapestry, So Far Away
3. The Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden 4. Comfortably Numb
Listeners picked The Hollies a single vote continuing our string of one vote contests