*We'll play a track that was written by Paul Williams...(you know the mimi-me from Smokey and The Bandit). He wrote many songs, more than a few recorded by this monster band from the late 60's, forward. We'll play a track from their 1971 album, that album being the band's 7th gold album in 3 years. The tour this band did in support of the album proved that large concert venues like Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium were quite doable, basically giving birth to the era of stadium rock. Name the band...
*This bandmember and songwriter wrote a track we'll enjoy...both music and lyrics...the latter inspired by the saying, 'The South Will Rise Again', something he first heard while visiting the South. This led him to research the Civil War. The song created a fictional main character that navigated (as a Virginia train worker) a narrative from the War throughout the song. Name the band and extra credit for the song name...
*Having stretched your musical mind...I offer you a slow pitch to knock out of the park. This terrific album from 1974 sports a cover reminiscent of a scene from the movie, The Wizard Of Oz. Name the band that did the album and extra credit for the name of the album... And then truly look forward to enjoying the track we'll share...
*Singer/songwriter royalty released an album in 1975 with a repudiation of his incredible backing band of the recent past. It. finds the artist, in a way, retreating to the past...a largely quiet, acoustic-based album. It is the sound of a terrific artist returning to his musical strengths while navigating a very personal traumatic situation, the breakdown of his marriage. Of whom...do I speak? Name the artist...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Moondance by Van Morrison vs Moonshadow by Cat Stevens
1. Three Dog Night
2. The Band, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
3. Electric Light Orchestra, Eldorado
4. Bob Dylan
Battle of the Bands : Van Morrison won with 52% of votes
*The 1980's started off hot for this great artist with a million-selling album, but despite the success, the singer was having financial woes. It might have led to a decision not to enlist a stable of musicians for the next album, opting instead to play all the instruments including piano, drums, harmonica, Fender Rhodes and synthesizers. A single from the album hit #1 on the R&B chart. Name the artist...
*We'll play a track that remains a major theme in this artist's arsenal...Is it better to see the world through the harsh lens of reality or just leave the rose-colored glasses active. This particular track asks if it was unwise to leave his eyes open for so long, as he now has to contend with the results, including the fears. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the track from back in the early 70's...
*In the year 2000, a very special musical collaboration took place between two incredible artists, one the age of 74, the other, 55. The younger of the two organized and arranged the session, using many of his regular musicians, picking the songs and co-producing the album. Name the artists...
*A 20th century popular music career unlike any other, took this artist from harmonizing doo wop on the streets of the Bronx to baring his soul on a series of singer/songwriter albums in the 70's, spending his later years bringing his blues into the 21st century. From hits in the late 50's to 2021 and a great album with some outstanding guest soloists, this artist has done it all. Name the artist...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Middle Of The Road by The Pretenders vs Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Annie Lennox
1. Stevie Wonder
2. Jackson Browne, Doctor My Eyes
3. B.B. King and Eric Clapton
4. Dion DiMucci
Battle of the Bands : Annie Lennox won with 52% of votes
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Savoy Truffle by The Beatles
George Harrison wrote that song to tease his friend Eric Clapton, who had a sweet tooth, and loved chocolate. After having his mouth worked on, Clapton’s Dentist told him he was through with candy. Many of the lines in the song came from a variety of candies in a box of Mackintosh’s Good News chocolates, including cream tangerine and ginger sling.
Rock and Roll Never Forgets by Bob Seger
Bob Seger wrote the song when he was 31, and his career was just starting to take off. He called this song an honest appraisal of where he was at in that moment. He’s telling his mature fans they can still get out there and take in some live music. You might need to leave before the encore so you can get back for the babysitter, but you can still pull it off, because rock and roll never forgets.
Hercules by Elton John
That fun track is an early Elton John / Bernie Taupin collaboration, which appears to be based on the old joke about the wimp who has sand kicked in his face at the beach by a muscle man, who then walks off with his girlfriend.
(Roamin' Thro' the Gloamin' With) 40,000 Headman by Traffic
The song, written by Steve Winwood, and Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi, has the protagonist of the song, a profane demi-god, follow the eponymous headmen across the sea, on foot, to a hidden cave where they have stored up a large treasure. Taking as much as he can carry, he travels to a shrine only to find that the headmen have followed him; they open fire, wounding the protagonist but not killing him, and he decides to flee. The dream-like story seems to start and end with his confrontation with the headmen, as if he's experiencing his life in a closed loop.
I Don’t Like Mondays The Boomtown Rats
The Boomtown Rats are an Irish band, hailing from Dublin, where they formed in 1975. The band, including lead singer Bob Geldof were touring, and in Atlanta when they heard about a 16 year old girl who opened fire on her school and when asked why she did it, she said “I just don’t like Mondays.” When Geldof heard about the shooting, he composed the song on the spot. The song was a #1 hit in 32 different countries.
Mendocino Sir Douglas Quintet
This song was inspired by a vacation lead singer Doug Sahm took, to the town of Mendocino on the coast of California. Even though he was from Texas, and living in California, the band tried to pass off as Brits and tie in with the British invasion, thus the band name, the Sir Douglas Quintet.
Living For The City
The song is one of Stevie Wonder's social commentary songs, telling of a young kid from Mississippi who moves to New York City. In Mississippi, he dealt with many hardships, but was surrounded by caring people. In New York City, he is quickly taken advantage of and is caught with drugs. His dreams are destroyed when he is sentenced to 10 years in jail.
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone The Monkees
This next track was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart and had intended it to be recorded by Paul Revere and The Raiders, but instead it was recorded by The Monkees. The song is about a girl who walks all over a guy, but now he's decides he's not going to take it any more, telling her, "I'm not your steppin' stone." He's wise to the fact that she's just using him to boost her status. Monkees drummer Mickey Dolenz sings lead on this, and was the only Monkee to perform on the song, as early in their career, the Monkees used session musicians to record their songs.
*One of this band's guitarist wrote this track, as he took the title from a 1951 Hank Williams song. He was also the lead singer of the song and described it as mostly autobiographical, telling the story of a guy whose travels take him to many places, and who takes life as it comes. Growing up his father was in construction and the family moved all over Florida further giving credence to the story of this track. Name the band and the song
*The fourth album by this great artist in 1975 didn't continue the personal, confessional vein of previous albums. He used a stellar backup band augmented by such guests as Graham Nash and David Crosby, David Sanborn, Randy Newman and Lowell George. Name the artist.
*This band, before they became the famous group most people know them as, was a backup band for a former NFL football player who was trying to become a soul singer. We'll play a song by them from 1970 with their new lead singer just on board. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the lead singer...
*There is a rumor that this song gets its theme from George Orwell's 1984, which revolves around a dystopian future where citizens are constantly monitored, The group has never supported such a rumor. One they do support is that the basic message of the song is that of somebody dumping a lover, while asserting that they know too well how the reaction will be. Name the band and extra credit for name of the song...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Graceland by Paul Simon vs How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by James Taylor
1. Allman Brothers, Ramblin’ Man (Dickey Betts Wrote It)
2. James Taylor
3. War, Eric Burdon
4. The Alan Parsons Project, Eye In The Sky
Battle of the Bands : James Taylor won with 53% of votes
*We'll go back to a fantastic 1994 solo album by this artist for a track with a general musical feel and mood that is a striking reflection of Buffalo Springfield's work, most notably Stephen Stills "Go And Say Goodbye". Sure the melody is different but the chord progression and overall vibe is strikingly similar and beautiful. The song is aptly named considering the lyrics...it's not just about a relationship but of life's road and challenges.
This artist is no longer with us (since 2017)...but you certainly know him. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the album and the song...
*A track written and released by this band's lead guitarist in 1976 is rumored to be about suicide, but it actually deals with the inevitability of death and the belief that we should not be afraid of it. The artist was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat causing him to think about his morality, but is still with us today at the ripe young age of 75. Name the band, the lead guitarist and the name of the song...
*This band's #1 hit from 1967 was written by a friend of the band from Chicago (the city, not the band). Although the band did have 5 charting hits (they all uniquely happened in the same year 1967) the track we'll enjoy turned out to be their only #1. But with all those charting hits that year, Billboard Magazine declared them 'the most listened to band of the year'! Shortly thereafter, they fell off the musical map. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the #1 hit...
*For a musician known to strive for authenticity, this artist has always been curiously obsessed with appearances, seemingly as interested in sartorial details and hairstyles every bit as much as perfect guitar licks. It' difficult to find two photographs of him from the 1960s and early '70s that appear to be the same person. His solo career saw him switching his looks frequently. A 2001 solo album featured a picture of him as a child. Name the artist...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen vs Peace Of Mind by Boston
1. Tom Petty, Wildflowers, Time to Move On
2. Blue Oyster Cult, Donald Roeser, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
3. Buckinghams, Kind of a Drag
4. Eric Clapton
Battle of the Bands : Boston won with 52% of votes
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Shock The Monkey by Peter Gabriel
This track is sometimes mistaken for shock therapy, or an animal rights song, but it is neither. Peter Gabriel said it’s a love song that examines how jealousy can release one’ basic instincts.
Bits and Pieces by The Dave Clark Five
When the band was touring to promote the album, some theatre owners would not let them play the song because they were worried fans would jump up and down in time to the beat and damage the venue.
Riders on The Storm by The Doors
This was the last song Jim Morrison recorded. The song evolved from a jam session when the band was messing around with “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and Jim Morrison had the idea to alter the title to Riders on the Storm.
Getting Better by The Beatles
The music was mainly written by Paul McCartney, but the lyrics were co-written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Although it’s overall an optimistic song, there are parts that are quite dark; those came from John. He admitted that when he was younger, he was a hitter. He said he couldn’t express himself and would fight men and hit women. He further said that is why he came to regret his violence and become such an advocate for peace.
My Favorite Mistake by Sheryl Crow
There have been many rumors about who that song is about, but Sheryl Crow said it is not about one person in particular, but a composite of guys she went out who weren’t good for her. She was linked with many stars, including Kid Rock, Lance Armstrong, Jakob Dylan, Owen Wilson and Eric Clapton.
Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) by The Four Tops
That song is about being lost in love. In the song, The Four Tops lead vocalist Levi Stubbs sings about hearing his neighbors' voices coming through his thin apartment walls. The neighbors are talking about how his woman doesn't love him anymore; he is knocked out by the news and asks to be woken up when the nightmare is over.
Happy Jack by The Who
That song is the first top 40 hit by The Who. The song features Roger Daltrey sharing lead vocals with John Entwistle and Pete Townshend. At the end of the song, you can hear Pete Townshend shouting “I Saw You” as he had noticed Keith Moon trying to join in. The band had banished him from the studio while they recorded their vocals as Keith Moon had a habit of making the other members laugh.