*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