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Cover Bands/Songs and Their Stories

When you hear someone say that a song is a cover or that band is a cover band you know what they mean right? A ‘Cover’ is a duplicate, second generation, newer version of an older and original song, that cover song is not the original.

The best example might be the song “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles. That song was a ‘cover’ of the original written by ½ the Righteous Brothers Bill Medley and Bert Berns in 1961. The Isley Brothers even had a hit with it before the British Invasion of the Beatles version. Here are a few other interesting cover stories…

“First Cut is the Deepest” Rod Stewart – Cat Stevens
“Black Betty” Ram Jam
“I Love Rock N’ Roll” Joan Jett the Arrows
Pete Seeger “Turn Turn Turn” by the Byrds
“I Fought the Law” Bobby Fuller 4 – The Crickets of the Buddy Holly group
“Tainted Love” Soft Cell originally done by Gloria Jones in 1964
“I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston, originally written and performed by Dolly Parton

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More Battles Between Bands

“Let the lawyers work it out” has always been a catch phrase in music, usually the end result of a legal action taken by a musician who thinks that have been harmed or ripped off. Here are more battle of the bands that have a different meaning altogether.

The legendary Vanilla Ice recorded a song called “Ice Ice Baby,” which was exactly the same hook and phasing of the David Bowie tune “Under Pressure.” The suit would have been a slam dunk for David and his lawyers, but settled out of court.

The obvious example of litigation is the most recent Led Zeppelin suit that came to an end recently as the estate of the late Randy California (Spirit) brought charges vs the boys for “Stairway to Heaven.”

Marvin Gaye wrote a song called “Got to Give it Up” that was funky and hot, well ahead of its time. Let’s take the time machine forward from that song to the 2000s, and he we find hip hop/pop star Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams with their song called “Blurred Lines.” Boom goes the legal dynamite as Marvin’s estate sued and won big time.

The Beach Boys song “Surfing U.S.A.” was once sued by Chuck Berry and his lawyers for the striking similarity between the Beach Boys Song and Chuck’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.”

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Rick Springfield Out on Tour

Do you own any Richard Lewis Springthorpe albums? Sure you do. Simply look in your stack and find a Rick Springfield album, and you’ve got it! Rick was born in 1949 in South Wales, Australia. His hits have been mega busters; he’s won a Grammy, appeared on Broadway, and been on Showtime earning a Tony nomination.

From “Jessie’s Girl” to “I’ve Done Everything for You,” the man could crank out hit records. Rick was also a heart throb character on the 80s soap ‘General Hospital,’ starring as Dr. Noah Drake. Well, Rick is on tour this summer with just a few dates left, so be sure to check him out with his very 80s special guests…

Aug. 25 – Raleigh, NC – with Night Ranger and The Romantics
Aug. 26 – Charlotte, NC – with Night Ranger and The Romantics
Aug. 27 – Myrtle Beach, SC – with Night Ranger and The Romantics
Aug. 28 – Atlanta, GA – with Night Ranger and The Romantics

Our Favorite Live Rocking Albums

Your favorite band is always better live than an album right? The problem is that’s hard to find albums that captured live performances that live up to the beautiful completely harmonic studio version of your favorite song.

There were however ‘Live’ albums that not only sold millions of copies, but are considered tipping points in an artist career. Bob Seger and Peter Frampton, although popular in their own right, couldn’t fill a big venue prior to their live album. Soon after each ‘live’ album was released, these artists began filling 40,000 stadiums. Here is our list of our favorite ‘live albums’ as they were released…

The Allman Brothers – ‘At Fillmore East’
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – ‘Live Bullet’
Peter Frampton – ‘Frampton Comes Alive’
Thin Lizzy – ‘Live and Dangerous’
Deep Purple – ‘Made in Japan’
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – ‘Live/1975-85′
Cheap Trick – ‘At Budokan’
Kiss – ‘Alive!’
The Allman Brothers Band – ‘At Fillmore East’
Crosby, Still Nash and Young – ‘4 Way Street’

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One Heck of a 70s Duo – Jim Messina and Kenny Loggins

In the mid-70s Jim Messina and Kenny Loggins were a popular as any other duo (Hall and Oates would likely take exception with that), but we just don’t know enough about these guys.

Jim Messina was a founding member of the ‘folk rock’ genre, having spent years with the influential ‘Poco’ and ‘Buffalo Springfield.’ Jim was born in Maywood CA, but is a Texas boy having grown up in Harlingen. Jim was a record label engineer at the time he met Kenny; they struck a cord and began to write their own music. The idea was to write enough songs for an album, get Kenny signed to a record deal, then return to being a studio engineer. The problem is Jim contributed so much at the time, that it was obvious the two should remain together.

Kenny Loggins was born in Everett, WA., but his dad was in sales so the family found themselves in cities like Detroit and then Seattle before settling down in southern California. Kenny has had an extensive and successful solo career, hitting the charts multiple times, including Foot Loose” and “Danger Zone” from movie soundtracks, to top 10s songs like “Whenever I Call You Friend” and “This is It.”

Kenny is currently on tour with select concerts in the round, primarily in southern California this fall.

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