* This band got their first club gig when a bunch of their friends came by to cheer them on at an audition at a club called, London Fog in Los Angeles. The manager figured they were popular and gave them the gig, but very few people actually attended. They were the house band for the LA club, Whiskey-A-Go-Go in 1966. They were fired after a 'too explict' performance. Name the band...
*This artist was born in Berkeley, CA and grew up in nearby, El Cerrito, which he considers his hometown. He cites Stephen Foster, (who wrote Oh! Susanna and My Old Kentucky Home amidst all of his classics), as his biggest musical influence. He served in the Army reserves in '66-'67. He formed a group you wouldn't normally associate with the Bay area and has had a distinguished solo career after the stormy breakup with his band...Name the artist...
*This artist is probably best known as co-founder of a great 60's band...but he had a pretty cool solo career as well...one in which he surrounded his virtuoso talent of a 12-string guitar with familiar and quite exceptional artists. The album we'll dip into includes contributions from friends David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Tom Petty...Name the artist and band he founded in the 60's....
*Bernie Taupin wrote countless songs for Elton John and some of his early work captured his fascination with America and Old West. An early album contained a song that really didn't have deep meaning but shares some of the joys of presumably in the late 1800's-early 1900's.
Name the album and the song in question...one that was eventually covered by Elton's buddy, Rod Stewart...
Battle Of The Bands!
Take The Long Way Home by Supertramp vs Lucky Man by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
1. The Doors 2. John Fogerty 3. Roger McGuinn, The Byrds
4. Tumbleweed Connection, Country Comfort
Emerson, Lake and Palmer came out on top with 53% of votes
*This great artist had significant influence on many to follow like John Lennon, Tom Petty and Mick Jagger just to name a few. Elvis Presley and The Beatles both opened shows for him early on in their careers. Due to his trademark wardrobe accessory, more than a few people assumed he was impaired...but they would be incorrect. Name the artist, the accessory and what people thought...
*The Motown label signed a saxophone player by the name of Autry DeWalt, but who had hidden talents as a vocalist as well. Those talents were discovered when the singer who was assigned to the recording session for this track didn't show. Enter Autry DeWalt, but with his new stage moniker, and the name of the band. This track is also the name of a dance. Name the artist and the song from 1965...
*The co-writers of this classic track wrote this song when they realized that because of their crazy work schedules, they could see their girlfriends only on Sunday afternoons. It's a sing along song from 1967, but it is kind of a bonus song to sing later today. Name the band, the song and extra credit for the names of the two bandmembers who wrote the song...
*Merry Clayton is a female vocalist who was featured in the 2013 film, 20 Feet From Stardom. But she appeared and recorded with a famous band on one of their tracks in 1969. She was pregnant at the time and showed up with curlers in her hair wearing silk pajamas and blew the band away. The band's lead singer was so impressed at one point that you can hear him state in the background "Whoo" on the track around the 3-minute mark. Name the band, the lead singer and extra credit for the song name...
Battle Of The Bands!
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? by Carole King vs Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
1. Roy Orbison, Dark Sunglasses, Blind 2. Junior Walker & the All-Stars
3. The Rascals, Groovin’, Felix Cavaliere, Eddy Brigati
4. Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Gimme Shelter
Ray Charles prevailed by a slim pair of votes
* Eric Clapton had seemingly done it all...a part of 3 most influential bands of the 20th Century, married the woman of his dreams and produced most significant music in his solo career, but as of 2007, there was still something missing from his most impressive resume. That got fixed with a tour and an album with a mentor of sorts. Name the artist he played with...
*This artist got his start with a 1960's band, the Castiles. They played venues in and around Brick Township,NJ. In 2018, the only surviving member of that band (other than the artist in question) passed away, making this artist 'The Last Man Standing' from the group. Name the artist...
*This well-known musician honed a rural motif with the track we'll play and it fit nicely as he has been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and small farmers, as demonstrated by his having co-founded Farm Aid, the benefit concert in 1985. The title track from the 1992 album of the same name is kind of a sequel to his 1972 album. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song...
*This artist released a song that was a big hit, but caused him some huge headaches along the way.
The original song was not inspired by teenage love in the heartland of America as most thought, but rather the increasing number of interracial couples the artist had noticed while touring the country.
In 1982...this was turf the record company was unwilling to walk, so they proposed the changes that ultimately made the song a bit hit...while frustrating the artist. Name the artist and extra credit for the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Roll with the Changes by Reo Speedwagon vs Shake It Up by The Cars
1. J. J. Cale 2. Bruce Springsteen 3. Neil Young, Harvest Moon
4. John Mellencamp, Jack and Diane
The Cars raced to a win with 55% of votes
* This artist spent 53 years on this earth...unless he is back under the guise of someone else...and I wouldn't put it past him. He is a 'You either love him or hate him' kind of musician...but do not doubt his musical genius. He has been known to hire complete orchestras just to play music he's written...simply for his own consumption and satisfaction. My utmost congrats if you name the artist...
*The track we'll play is about people who run governments, and how they should be responsible for initiating harmony amongst themselves, just as blue-collar workers do. And men who hold high places...Must be the ones to start to mold a new reality. Name the band (that folks can't fathom is 3 people) and the song...oh...and the track...is from 1977...
*We'll dip into this artist's most lauded album from 1975 for the track considered the absolute 'sleeper' of that great album. The artist described the body of work his, 'divorce album'. The song itself is the sound of waking up from a dream and realizing your soul mate has just slipped through your fingers. Name the artist (a musical pioneer) and extra credit for the name of the song...
*The lead singer of this band's real name is Reginald Ball, but he changed his last name to a more familiar musical moniker. For his band, he wrote this song in about 10 minutes and was inspired by the Joy Strings Salvation Army Band he saw on TV. The song was a far cry from their previous hit...a song that was the stadium entry song for Ricky Vaughn of Major League fame...Name the singer's stage name, extra credit for the song...oh...and extra credit for the name of their big hit...
Battle Of The Bands!
House of the Rising Sun by The Animals vs No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature by The Guess Who
1. Frank Zappa 2. Rush, Closer to the Heart 3. Bob Dylan, Simple Twist of Fate
4. Reg Presley, Love Is All Around, Wild Thing
Listeners picked The Animals with 53% of the votes