* 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