Song Quiz from Craig Looney’s Looney’s Tunes live show on June 26, 20022 Show #184
*The great composer/writer, Phil Spector had help writing this track...written specifically for the group, The Ronettes, who first recorded it in 1966. But this more popular version released in 1969 is the one we'll play. It comes from a group and it's perceived leader who idolized Spector. Ironically, the leader had no involvement in this song...proving that the band was simply not a 'one-trick' pony. Name the song, the band and the missing participant...
*We'll enjoy a track from 1979 that is about finding meaning in life through serving God, as at the time of its writing, the artist had become a born-again Christian. John Lennon thought the song to be embarrassing and wrote kind of a rebuttal track as a response to it. Name the artist and the song...
*This group was notorious for shunning concert performances, but their improbable live reunion in the mid-90's eventually turned into a full-fledged reunion album. Fans of the group had gone 2 decades without even hope of a new record and some even worried they might not be as good as they were...something that might tarnish the band's legacy. Well that certainly did not happen and they are still going strong today. Name the band...
*Go back to 1967 and consider that melodic folk tunes were being transformed into electric folk rockers. Bob Dylan's tunes were prime targets and this band did it better than anyone. Dylan's 1964 nondescript tune got electrified for this band's fourth album in 1967 and while as a single it stalled at #30 on the charts in '67, it has endured as a rock classic through the years. Name the band and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
She’s Not There by Santana vs Talking Back to the Night by Steve Winwood
Santana was the winner with a strong 58% of the votes
Song Quiz from Craig Looney’s Looney’s Tunes live show on June 19, 20022 Show #183
* Kenny Loggins co-wrote this track with the lead singer from this band that recorded the most famous version of the song. Loggins also released his own recording of the song the same year as the band did...1978. The lyrics concept...2 people meet in a restaurant...2 people who had a passionate relationship long ago. To the man, the affair was the best thing in his life...to the woman, it was fun, but it was time to move on. Clearly in this case, love makes the man a fool. Name the co-writer, the band he was in and extra credit for the name of the track...
*This song is about a woman who is in pursuit of happiness but never gives anything a long enough time to make her happy. She gets bored too easily...she's just plain flighty. Radio stations usually played an edited version omitting the last verse...a verse that pretty well sums up what the whole tune is about. "Everyday in your indigo eyes, I watch the sunset but I don't see it rise, Moonlight and stars in your strawberry wine, You'd take the world but you won't take the time. (Didn't Boone's Farm sell Strawberry Wine?) Oh well, name the band and song from 1975...
*By the time this artist finally put this song on tape, it was already 4 years old in the mid-70's, as he collated material for his groundbreaking solo debut album. He amassed quite the catalogue of songs that his former band had declined to record as a group. The track we'll play is about whenever a relationship hits a down point. The song gave him a chance to realize that if he felt that somebody had let him down, then there was a good chance he was letting someone else down. Lots here...name the artist, his former band, the groundbreaking 1970 album and extra credit for the name of the song....
*The title of this album is about this artist attempting to regain his faith in himself and others after being betrayed by people he thought he could trust (his former borther-in-law/manager stole millions of dollars from the singer and his lawyers failed to protect him). The song was originally titled 'The Motorcycle Song' about middle-aged successful guys getting themselves in biker gear and buying Harleys. But in the end and with a little bit of work it became a song about the artist's relationship with his then wife. Name the artist and the song released in 1993..
Battle Of The Bands!
First We Take Manhattan by Joe Cocker vs Share The Land by Guess Who
Song Quiz from Craig Looney’s Looney’s Tunes live show on June 12, 20022 Show #182
*This 1975 album was a turning point for this band, their last before their lead singer left due to health problems. Enter a new soul-influenced singer, who led the band into a more pop, rock direction...one that increased the range of listeners the band enjoyed and propelled them to more than 40,000,000 albums sold. Name the band and extra credit if you can name the old lead singer and the new lead singer...
*There have been a number of songs in rock history based on the rigors of concert tours. This great 1973 track represents more than a few of the pitfalls of the road. One such problem for this band was that the namesake leader and songwriter found it most difficult to write while on the road. He had so many other responsibilities while touring, he just couldn't find the time. They basically had to cease touring to allow their leader to write new music. This American band had staying power over quite a few decades. Name the singer/songwriter/leader of the band and go ahead and name the band as well...
*We'll play a track that is actually an anti-war song. The song recognizes people on both sides ...their own and those of the enemy. It refers to self-righteous behavior, it uses chess terms to describe war, claiming that war is very much like a game of chess and then addresses the value of the queen. 1973 was the year. Name the band and song...
*Is being a famous rock star overrated? This artist thought so. He once stated that the best perk was the fact that he was usually assured a great table at any restaurant of his choice...that can be convenient. John Lennon helped write this song, coming up with the title and also singing background parts in a high voice. Released in 1975, name the artist, and the one-word song title...
Battle Of The Bands!
Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp vs Champagne Jam by Atlanta Rhythm Section
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Song Quiz from Craig Looney’s Looney’s Tunes live show on June 5, 20022 Show #181
*The year was 1989 and the oft-used expression, 'Hey, we're puttin' the band back together' became a reality. The original 5-member 1968 lineup of this great band did just that. Call it what you want, but many place this band in a 'Country Rock' niche. The great thing about this reunion...the singing is impeccable, the playing awesome and unlike many reunion projects of this kind, the songs are as good as any the group previously recorded. Name the band...
*This group's leader was led by an artist who became a secretary at Motown when she couldn't get an audition to sing. One of her duties was singing lyrics to new songs onto tapes so backup singers could learn the words. This led to fill-in work as a backup singer, where she ultimately impressed Motown executives with her talent. She convinced them to hire her former bandmates and let them record as a trio. They provided back up singing to Marvin Gaye at the start before Motown let them record on their own. Name the group and the group's leader...
*This band's debut album in 1971 is a folk-rock classic, a stellar collection of memorable songs that would prove influential on such acts as the Eagles and Dan Fogelberg...but we would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the group's obvious stylistic touchstone, Crosby, Stills & Nash. The harmonies, the active use of strummed acoustic guitar arrangements are everywhere one turns on this opening album. Name the band and the name of the album...
*We'll head back to 1967 for an iconic track from an album that has an 'oddly dreamlike or unreal quality'. Perhaps a trademark song of the psychedelia music movement of the day, this track was inspired by something the artist had just read. From the hypnotic guitar work in the slow-march start to the truly epic music to follow...you might find yourself singing along to this one. Name the group, the singer, the song and extra credit if you can name the inspiration behind the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Only You Know And I Know by Dave Mason vs No Matter What by Badfinger
2. Martha & the Vandellas, Martha Reeves
3. America, America
4. Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick, White Rabbit
Badfinger was the winner with 53% of the votes