*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