*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
*From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B and Jazz standards, this singer/songwriter could do it all. He has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages. Interestingly enough, he is popular in the U.S., but has superstar status in Japan and throughout Asia. Born in Manhattan, but raised in Miami, he was raised in a show business family, as both Mother and Father sang and were the host of one of the first musical variety programs on television, Suppertime. Name the artist...
*This artist was part of a great band that was a trio when he wasn't with them, but he made them a quartet during 3 different times. The band made some incredible music from 1968 to 1970 and it was during that time, he also released another album with his other band. The album sold exceptionally well due to the success he was enjoying with his exposure as a member of the 4-man group. He would go on to enjoy two other time periods with the 4-man group. Name the band the individual artist...
*This performer's sister enjoyed incredible success over numerous decades. Part of that success came with her and another sister contributing backing vocals through those years. But this lesser-known sister managed to record quite the nice musical catalog of songs and records herself...but for some reason her career was scuttled by label fiascoes. Her sporadic career throughout the 60's produced a great song, one that Janis Joplin would make her signature song with a different arrangement. Name the original artist, her famous sister and her most famous song that we will play later today...
*The many voices that come out of the ether on this artist's album in 2002 have 2 things in common. #1...they are writing from the other side, from the day after 9/11/2001, the day when life began anew, more uncertain than ever before. The other...these voices share a determination that life, however fraught with tragedy and confusion, is precious and should be lived as such. There are 15 tracks, 15 meditations if you will on this album...trying to make sense of the senseless...something we all are attempting to do even now. Name the artist and the album...
Battle Of The Bands!
Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young vs Stand By Me by John Lennon
1. Bobby Caldwell
2. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Neil Young
3. Erma Franklin, Aretha Franklin, (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart
4. Bruce Springsteen, The Rising
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*We'll play a song early on from a group originally named Thee Sixpence that evolved into a three word name that better suited their psychedelic look. The band's original keyboard player came up with the name, He borrowed the first word from a Beatles song (a fruity name) and completed it with a noisy two-word object that was in his bedroom of the guest house where the band rehearsed. The song ended up going to #1 in the U.S. with lead vocals sung by a 16 year old they brought in for just this track. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the song that reached #1...
*Back in 1971, this great song from an even greater album, reflected on how friends can be just as important as family...when someone is in need. The track was inspired by the song, Fire and Rain by the great James Taylor, who also recorded the song himself. A very special female artist provided backing vocals on both recordings of the song. Name the original artist, the song and backing vocals artist on both versions...
*When this singer/songwriter/guitarist began to get widespread attention, he didn't fit the mold of the stereotypical blues artist. He was young, trim and didn't seem to carry the world-weary, almost down-and-out aura that so many of the genre's performers possess. His inspirations/idols if you will were all over the place...Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Howlin' Wolf and Ray Charles. Another great one, Otis Redding inspired him to create a sound that included the great Memphis Horns. Name the artist...
*The origin of one of the final tracks we'll share this evening...The artist penned this song as a prayer to see him through the period when a debilitating cocaine addiction had him flirting with fascism and black magic. He saw the signals of distress and it was his call for help. The year was 1976 and this great British artist went on to quite the career. Name the artist...extra credit for the name of the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Tired of Waiting for You by The Kinks vs You Showed Me by The Turtles
1. Strawberry Alarm Clock, Incense and Peppermints
2. Carole King, You’ve Got A Friend, Joni Mitchell
3. Robert Cray
4. David Bowie, Word On A Wing
The Kinks were the winners with 53% of votes