* Kenny Loggins co-wrote this track with the lead singer from this band that recorded the most famous version of the song. Loggins also released his own recording of the song the same year as the band did...1978. The lyrics concept...2 people meet in a restaurant...2 people who had a passionate relationship long ago. To the man, the affair was the best thing in his life...to the woman, it was fun, but it was time to move on. Clearly in this case, love makes the man a fool. Name the co-writer, the band he was in and extra credit for the name of the track...
*This song is about a woman who is in pursuit of happiness but never gives anything a long enough time to make her happy. She gets bored too easily...she's just plain flighty. Radio stations usually played an edited version omitting the last verse...a verse that pretty well sums up what the whole tune is about. "Everyday in your indigo eyes, I watch the sunset but I don't see it rise, Moonlight and stars in your strawberry wine, You'd take the world but you won't take the time. (Didn't Boone's Farm sell Strawberry Wine?) Oh well, name the band and song from 1975...
*By the time this artist finally put this song on tape, it was already 4 years old in the mid-70's, as he collated material for his groundbreaking solo debut album. He amassed quite the catalogue of songs that his former band had declined to record as a group. The track we'll play is about whenever a relationship hits a down point. The song gave him a chance to realize that if he felt that somebody had let him down, then there was a good chance he was letting someone else down. Lots here...name the artist, his former band, the groundbreaking 1970 album and extra credit for the name of the song....
*The title of this album is about this artist attempting to regain his faith in himself and others after being betrayed by people he thought he could trust (his former borther-in-law/manager stole millions of dollars from the singer and his lawyers failed to protect him). The song was originally titled 'The Motorcycle Song' about middle-aged successful guys getting themselves in biker gear and buying Harleys. But in the end and with a little bit of work it became a song about the artist's relationship with his then wife. Name the artist and the song released in 1993..
Battle Of The Bands!
First We Take Manhattan by Joe Cocker vs Share The Land by Guess Who
*This 1975 album was a turning point for this band, their last before their lead singer left due to health problems. Enter a new soul-influenced singer, who led the band into a more pop, rock direction...one that increased the range of listeners the band enjoyed and propelled them to more than 40,000,000 albums sold. Name the band and extra credit if you can name the old lead singer and the new lead singer...
*There have been a number of songs in rock history based on the rigors of concert tours. This great 1973 track represents more than a few of the pitfalls of the road. One such problem for this band was that the namesake leader and songwriter found it most difficult to write while on the road. He had so many other responsibilities while touring, he just couldn't find the time. They basically had to cease touring to allow their leader to write new music. This American band had staying power over quite a few decades. Name the singer/songwriter/leader of the band and go ahead and name the band as well...
*We'll play a track that is actually an anti-war song. The song recognizes people on both sides ...their own and those of the enemy. It refers to self-righteous behavior, it uses chess terms to describe war, claiming that war is very much like a game of chess and then addresses the value of the queen. 1973 was the year. Name the band and song...
*Is being a famous rock star overrated? This artist thought so. He once stated that the best perk was the fact that he was usually assured a great table at any restaurant of his choice...that can be convenient. John Lennon helped write this song, coming up with the title and also singing background parts in a high voice. Released in 1975, name the artist, and the one-word song title...
Battle Of The Bands!
Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp vs Champagne Jam by Atlanta Rhythm Section
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*The year was 1989 and the oft-used expression, 'Hey, we're puttin' the band back together' became a reality. The original 5-member 1968 lineup of this great band did just that. Call it what you want, but many place this band in a 'Country Rock' niche. The great thing about this reunion...the singing is impeccable, the playing awesome and unlike many reunion projects of this kind, the songs are as good as any the group previously recorded. Name the band...
*This group's leader was led by an artist who became a secretary at Motown when she couldn't get an audition to sing. One of her duties was singing lyrics to new songs onto tapes so backup singers could learn the words. This led to fill-in work as a backup singer, where she ultimately impressed Motown executives with her talent. She convinced them to hire her former bandmates and let them record as a trio. They provided back up singing to Marvin Gaye at the start before Motown let them record on their own. Name the group and the group's leader...
*This band's debut album in 1971 is a folk-rock classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg...but we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the group's obvious stylistic touchstone, Crosby, Stills & Nash. The harmonies, the active use of strummed acoustic guitar arrangements are everywhere one turns on this opening album. Name the band and the name of the album...
*We'll head back to 1967 for an iconic track from an album that has an 'oddly dreamlike or unreal quality'. Perhaps a trademark song of the psychedelia music movement of the day, this track was inspired by something the artist had just read. From the hypnotic guitar work in the slow-march start to the truly epic music to follow...you might find yourself singing along to this one. Name the group, the singer, the song and extra credit if you can name the inspiration behind the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Only You Know And I Know by Dave Mason vs No Matter What by Badfinger
2. Martha & the Vandellas, Martha Reeves
3. America, America
4. Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick, White Rabbit
Badfinger was the winner with 53% of the votes
* This artist was no stranger to battles with record labels and departed DreamWorks after the release of his 5th solo album. As it turns out, the label Fantasy Records, with whom he had so much angst and despair while a member of a band, was sold to Concord Records. Concord sought to make amends and quickly signed the artist to the label allowing him to embrace and play all of his music. Name the artist and his former band...
*This rocker of a song was first included on Elton John's 1972 album but was featured often in his earlier concert performances. He continued to play it at many of his later concerts. Starting with a strong melodic slice of Americana, it eventually accelerates into a fervent rave up. The song eventually resolves into an authentic sounding revival gospel-driven number steeped from within a decidedly Yankee tradition. The track itself...easily one of the most musically complicated works of John's career. Name the song...
*We'll play a track originally recorded by The Turtles, who released it on their first album earlier in the year, 1965...the same year another artist released it. It was a protest song as many were in the day and many radio stations refused to play it because of its anti government lyrics. The upside to this controversy, however...it piqued interest in the song, sending it to #1 on the U.S. charts. Name the song and the artist who took it to #1...
*This song is about understanding or lack of it actually. Originally written for Nina Simone who recorded it in 1964, her rendition is slow and soulful. But this band took the song a year later and made it a big hit. The band's lead singer came by the song honestly, claiming that no one understood him...his Mom, his Dad, his School Teachers and even a couple of women that he married. Name the song and the band that made it famous...
Battle Of The Bands!
Never Been To Spain by Three Dog Night vs Mrs Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel
1. John Fogerty, Credence Clearwater Revival
2. Burn Down the Mission
3. Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire
4. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, The Animals
Simon & Garfunkel was the winner with 52% of the votes
*We'll enjoy a track from 1961, a song about a guy whose girl leaves him and he is left to wonder what went wrong, not an unusual theme for this artist who wrote a lot about broken relationships. The song was written while the band was playing a club in hometown, Battle Creek, Michigan. It turned out to be the artist's biggest hit. Name the artist (who committed suicide in 1990) and extra credit for the name of the song.
*The internal dissension that was already eating away at this band's dynamic on their 2nd album came home to roost on the band's third and final effort, an album that we'll dip right into... One of the famous key members of the band barely contributed to the album, writing only 2 of the songs and not even playing on the other songs that were written by other band members. Not long after...the band closed it down. Name the band and member who contributed so little to the 3rd album...
*Written by this band's founder and leader, the original title of the song was 'San Francisco Day'. He actually played the song in various bands for years before reworking to the version we all know today. This song just might be about physical travel to a far away place. It's not clear what he's leaving behind or if this is purely an emotional journey. The band leader and writer has an early Ohio pedigree, the band, one of Dale Hood's faves...just a couple of additional hints if you will. Name the artist, the band and extra credit for the track name that was released in 1976....
*A song about middle age released by this artist in 1975 has many baby boomers in mind. The artist himself, born in 1941, tried speaking for many of his generation with his music. In 1975, this song garnered him the Grammy Award for the Best Pop Vocal Performance and the album won the Grammy for Album Of The Year. At the ceremony, this artist thanked Stevie Wonder (who had won the award the previous 2 years) for not making an album that year. Name the artist and the song which happens to be the title track of the award-winning album... (Stevie Wonder won the Grammy the following year as well)
Battle Of The Bands!
L. A. Woman by The Doors. vs Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
1. Del Shannon, Runaway
2. Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young
3. Tom Scholz, Boston, Hitch A Ride
4. Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years
Dire Straits was the winner with 55% of the votes
*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
* We'll play a song from an artist who spent years...decades if you will, not saying anything about his personal life...that is until this 1988 album was released. Born in Los Angeles we'll take a bit of a trip (a train ride actually) with him to the deep south and the place where his mother hailed from originally. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
*A beautiful voice, a remarkable gift for phrasing and a restless creative spirit, this artist had a profound impact on contemporary music. Mentored by Gram Parsons, she made her mark on both country and rock. Kicking around as a folk singer originally on the east coast, she was playing a folk club in Washington, DC when Chris Hillman saw her perform and recommended her to his former bandmate, Parsons. Name the artist...
*Glenn Frey had an idea for his friend on this particular song. He recommended that guitarist, Drew Abbot should play along with the piano solo. Frey then went out and did the background vocals with his buddy. The lyrics contained a line that bothered the artist because of the grammar, but because everyone else loved it...he left the line in the track. The song was the title track for this artist's album in 1980. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song.
*We'll play a song that was written for a 1978 movie, which actually takes place at a radio station and was the precursor to the television series, WKRP in Cincinnati. (Les Nessman fans unite) Name the band that wrote and actually performed the song in the movie. Extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Bad Company by Bad Company vs Time Machine by Grand Funk Railroad
1. Randy Newman, Dixie Flyer
2. Emmylou Harris
3. Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Against The Wind
4. Steely Dan, FM
Bad Company was the winner with 51% 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