* Early in the show we'll play a track from 1972 that was the only US top 40 hit for a band named for their keyboard player. The song attracted a much wider audience as a result of the band appearing on the British TV show, Top Of The Pops. I hesitate to consider them a one-hit wonder...but many might be hard-pressed to name another song by this group...that is unless you were a true fan. Name the band and the song...
*We'll play a great ballad by this band from 1973. It was written by their lead singer and guitarist. The song is open for interpretation and the band kept it that way, politely refusing to tell anyone who or what the song is about. The 'you' in the title could be about a literal person, but it could also be about the demands of touring...road weariness leading to exhilarating shows. The writer could live with the weariness for the rush provided by the shows. Name the band and the name of the track...
*Pretty astute at turning acoustic Bob Dylan folk tunes into melodic folk rockers, this band struck gold in 1967 with this one. For Dylan, it was a somewhat nondescript song of his from 1964. The version we'll play surprisingly stalled on the charts at #30 in 1967, but its reputation as a rock classic has only grown through the years. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the track...
*This most excellent band's two albums prior to their 1974 album were blessed with some lengthy instrumental jams in addition to catchy melodies and lyrics. But this album veered away from the formula of those albums concentrating on concise songs...that might just indicate a tendency toward pop conventions. But that was not the result. The album presented us with their most complex and cynical set of songs to date. Name the band and extra credit for the name of the 1974 album...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Blue Bayou by Roy Orbison vs Blue Bayou by Linda Ronstadt
1. Argent, Hold Your Head up
2. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Still . . . You Turn Me On
3. The Byrds, My Back Pages
4. Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic
Linda Ronstadt prevailed by a 56% margin