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Apr. 15th, 2018


Cover Contests - April 8 and 15, 2018

April 8 Cover Contest

Jim Dandy wins this one. Mary Ellen didn't have a good day.

1. First tune
a) What's the title? - "Behind Closed Doors"
b) Who is the original artist? - Charlie Rich
c) Who is playing it on the guitar? - John Scofield

2. The Jolly Boys, "Hanging on the Telephone"
a) Who had a big hit with this song? - Blondie
b) Was Blondie's version an original or a cover? - a cover (The Nerves)

N.B. The tune was also covered by Def Leppard

3. Paul Thorn - "Love Train" - whose tune? - The O'Jays

4. Rebecca Black - "Friday"

The tune comes across as second-rate Taylor Swift, but it was actually written by Bob Dylan


April 15 Cover Contest

Mary Ellen edges Jim Dandy and James from New York. The latter two tie for second. Donna fourth.

1. Matt Wilson - What's the Tune? - "Happy Days Are Here Again"

2. "If You Could Read my Mind"

a) Who wrote it? - Gordon Lightfoot
b) Who's is covering? - Glen Campbell

3. Lay, Lady Lay"

a) Whose tune? - Dylan's
b) who is covering? - Cassandra Wilson

4. Fourth tune

a) What's the title? - "Tired of Waiting for You"
b) Whose tune? - The Kinks'
c) Who is covering? - Bill Frisell

Apr. 1st, 2018


Catamount Community Radio - April 1, 2018

Well, April Fool's Day and Easter all rolled into one. I bet if you put your mind to it you could come up with a quip or two about that.

Mary Ellen and Jim Dandy tie on the cover contest.

1. Etta James – A Sunday Kind of Love
2. Don Byas – Over the Rainbow
3. Jon Hendricks – Do You Call that a Buddy?
4. Sly & the Family Stone – Fmily Affair
5. Lou Donaldson – Midnight Creeper
6. Dusty Springfield – Spooky
7. Joe Sample – Soul Shadows
8. Charlie Parker – My Little Suede Shoes
9. Gladys Knight – The End of Your Road
10. Sonny Stitt – Where is Love?
11. Janis Ian – At Seventeen
12. KC & the Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes
13. Harry Connick, Jr. – If I Only Had a Brain
14. Bill Charlap – Tiny’s Tempo
15. Charles Mingus – Goodbye, Porkpie Hat
16. Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now
17. Carmen McRae – Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
18. Aphex Twin – minipos 67
19. Joshua Redman – Hit the Road, Jack
20. Nick Lowe – Rome Wasn’t
21. Horace Silver – Silver Threads Among my Soul
22. Smokey Johnson – It Ain’t my Fault, Pts. 1 & 2
23. Charlie Parker – She Rote
24. Moonddog – All is Lonliness
25. Taj Mahal – It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
26. Prince Lasha w/ Sonny Simmons – Red’s Mood
27. Roger Miller – One Dying and Burying
28. Fontella Bass – This Place I Call Home

Cover Contest

1. Classic IV's "Spooky"
a) Who is covering it? - Dusty Springfield
b) Who else has covered it? - The Atlanta Rhythm Section is what I was thinking, but the other version I have is by Stanley Turrentine

2. "If I Only Had a Brain"
a) who is covering it? - Harry Connick, Jr.
b) who wrote it? - Harold Arlen (music) & Yip Harburg (lyrics)
c) in which film was it featured - "The Wizard of Oz"

3. Joshua Redman plays ....? "Hit the Road, Jack"

4. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"
a) who wrote the tune? - Bob Dylan
b) who is covering it? - Taj Mahal

Mar. 25th, 2018


Catamount Community Radio - March 25, 2018

Catamount Community Radio - More fun than two barrels of monkeys.

First-time player Zach wins the cover contest with a perfect score.

1. Dewey Redman – Joie de vivre
2. Bob Dylan – Workingman’s Blues #2
3. Accordeón Melancolique – Petite fleur
4. Jesús Velázquez – Todos vuelven
5. Duke Ellington – Now Ain’t It?
6. Marc Ribot – Aquí como allá
7. Bing Ji Ling – You Shook Me
8. Niun Niggung – Download Sofist
9. George Benson – The Cooker
10. Gladys Knight – I’ve Got to Use my Imagination
11. Sonny Rollins – St. Thomas
12. Bob Dylan – Long and Wasted Years
13. KC & the Sunshine Band – Boggie Shoes
14. Gladys Knight – Help Me Make it Through the Night
15. Branford Marsalis – My Ideal
16. Ray Bryant – Old Devil Moon
17. Sufjan Stevens – Romulus
18. Cab Callaway – Are You Hep to the Jive?
19. Stanley Turrentine – What Would I do without You?
20. Steve Earle – Way Down in the Hole
21. Lennie Tristano – Ghost of a Chance
22. Benny Carter – This Can’t be Love
23. New York Dolls – Maimed Happiness
24. Balkan Beat Box – 9/4 the Ladies
25. Two Tons of Steels – I Wanna Be Sedated
26. Gipsy Kings – Nuages
27. Joel Fraham & Brad Mehldau – Away from Home
28. Gladys Knight – Precious Lord

Cover Contest

1. "You Shook Me All Night Long" - whose tune? - AC/DC's

2. "Make it Through the Night"
a) who is covering? - Gladys Knight
b) who wrote it? - Kris Kristofferson

3. "Way Down in the Hole"
a) who wrote it? - Tom Waits
b) who is covering? - Steve Earle

4. Two Tons of Steel - "I wanna be sedated" - whose tune - The Ramones

Gladys Knight

Mar. 18th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - March 18, 2018

It was kinda a rough day running the board today: CD 1 freezing up, and CD 2 stuck in continuous play. But that's free-form: better a little rough around the edges and live than seamless but canned.

Another close one today with Mary Ellen edging Jim Dandy by a point.

1. "Make It with You"
a) whose tune - Bread's
b) who is covering? - Dusty Springfield

2. "What's New, Pussycat"
a) who is covering? - Bob Marley & the Wailers
b) who composed it? - Bacharach & David
c) who had a hit with it? - Tom Jones

3. "You've Got a Friend"
a) who is covering? - Al Green
b) who wrote it? - Carole King
c) who had a big hit with it? - James Taylor

3. King Tubby
a) what's the name of the tune? - "Take Five"
b) what's the "problem"? - They're playing it in 4/4 rather than 5/4 time.

Mar. 11th, 2018


CCR - March 11, 2018

Well, just like old times, the internet didn't stream today, so I suspended the cover contest for a week, and next week it will be all prepared and ready to go.

Here's what I played today:

1. Tom Waits - Time
2. John Coltrane - Satellite
3. Ella F. & Louis A. - I'll See You in my Dreams
4. The Tams - Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
5. Charlie Parker - Klactoveedsedsterne
6. Anat Cohen et. al. - Three's Free
7. Dr. Octagon - Earth People
8. Duke Ellington - Caravan
9. Johnny Hodges - Peckin'
10. Cootie Williams - Jubilesta
11. Barney Bigard - Demi-Tasse
12. Willie Nelson - Recollection Phoenix
13. Fred Astaire - The Continental
14. Larry Goldings - Sticky Mack
15. Madeleine Peyroux - I'm Alright
16. Billie Holliday - What's New?
17. Steven Bernstein - Hit the Road
18. Amos Milburn - House Party Tonight
19. Gal Costa - Aquele frere axé
20. Pee Wee Ellis - Boggie On, Reggae Woman
21. Eric Reed - Evidence
22. Anita O'Day - What a Litle Moonlight Can Do
23. Wynton Marsalis - Sophie Rose - Rosalee
24. Betty Carter - There's No You
25. Jamey Johnson - Would These Arms be in your Way?
26. Les Paul - Blue Skies
27. Martirio - Volver
28. Amadou & Miriam - M'bifé (balafon)
29. Abdullah Ibrahim - Joan Capetown Flower (Emerald Bay)

Mar. 4th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - March 4, 2018

Georgia Johnson & the Sensations kicked it last night at Innovation Brewing. I always like it when I look up from my music stand, and see people out there bobbing their heads. I played bass so hard my fingertips on both hands are hurting today.

It looks like Mary Ellen runs away with it this week; no one close to touching her.

1. Willie Nelson sings "Bird on a Wire." Whose tune? - Leonard Cohen's

2. "Drive"
a) whose tune? - The Cars'
b) who is covering? - Aimee Mann

3. "Love is a Losing Game"
a) whose tune? - Amy Winehouse's
b) who is covering it? - Nana Mouskouri

4. tune # 4
a) title - "Human Nature"
b) original artist - Michael Jackson
c) who is covering it? - Miles Davis
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Feb. 25th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - February 25, 2018

Couldn't fall asleep last night ... It must have been 2:30 a.m. before I crossed over. Nevertheless, I woke up spontaneously at 7:30. The show was good anyway, but probably not one for the anthology.

Five entries today. Jim D. from NY actually had the highest score, but confessed to cheating! Peter N. played for the first time.

Mary Ellen (and Tania) finally snatch that crown away from Dandy, beating him by a point just as Dandy beat her by a single point last week.

1. First song.
a) title - "Still Crazy After All these Years"
b) written by - Paul Simon
c) played by - Brad Mildew (Mehldau)

2. "There Will Never be any Peace (Until God is Seated at the Conference Table)"
a) a song by - The Tri-Lites
b) covered by - Nick Lowe

3. "Walk on By"
a) who wrote it? - Burt Bacharach & Hal David
b) covered by - Aretha Franklin
c) a hit for - Dionne Warwick

4. Dena DeRose - "I Can See Clearly Now"
a) whose tune? - Johnny Nash's
b) TRUE or FALSE: the song was once covered by Sonny and Cher - TRUE
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Feb. 21st, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - February 18, 2018

Well, Dandy defended his crown and is still the king, at least until Sunday.

Last week one of the tunes was a cover by Jewels & Binoculars of Dylan's "Spirit on the Water." Nobody recognized it. So this week I decided to play the original, more than any other reason, because there is something about this song that I really like.

This week:

1. First tune, interpreted by the Sex Mob
a) what's the title? "Sign o' the Times"
b) whose tune is it? - Prince's
c) what NASA disaster is mentioned in the lyrics? - the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster

2. "Wait Until Tomorrow"
a) whose tune? - Jimi Hendrix's
b) who is covering it? - Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

3. "Can't Take my Mind off of You"
a) who originally had a hit with it? - Franki Valli & the Four Seasons
b) who is covering it? - Lauryn Hill

4. Fourth tune, covered by Lonnie Smith
a) what's the title? - "I Feel the Earth Move"
b) whose tune? - Carole King's

Mary Ellen nipped at Dandy's heels, but in the end (really at the beginning) fell short

King Dandy

Feb. 11th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - February 11, 2018

It was a good one today: a new contestant - James from New York, who lost by a single point to James of Maine. Man, I had a scare this morning ... I always go to my office just before heading to the studio ... to post a blurb on FB and to pick up my CDs. So, I leave the office, shut the door, start walking down the hall.. Shit, do I have my keys? I reach in my pocket, and indeed, there they are. Close one.

1. Springsteen - "Blinded by the Light"
a) who had a hit with it? - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
b) mishearings of the lyrics, on purpose or by accident: "Wrapped like a douche rolling through the night" "mondegreen" - misheard lyric due to phonetic similarity (thanks, Jeff and Donna)

2. "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
a) Cake
b) "Quizás, quizás, quizás"
c) Nat King Cole had a huge hit with it in Latin American, in spite of his heavily accented Spanish (actually, I think his accent added charm for Latin American listeners)

3. Jewels and Binoculars do a cover
a) title? - "Spirit on the Water"
b) whose tune? - Bob Dylan's
(nobody got this one)

4. "Erika Stucky - "Killer Queen"
a) whose tune? - Queen's
b) misheard lyrics? - "A built-in remedy/ for Christian virginity," "Bought herself a mynah / Kept it in her vagina," "Kept in a case, just like Marie Antoinette."

Feb. 6th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - February 4, 2018

We have a brand new champion this week, Jeff, who pretty much nailed every question.

1. First question
a) title "Last Train to Clarksville"
b) a hit for - The Monkees
c) played by - George Benson

2. Second question (Ariya Atrobeat Arkestra)
a) title - "Crosstown Traffic"
b) whose tune? - Jim Hendrix's

3. Third question
a) title - "Hey Joe"
b) associated with - Jimi Hendrix (but written by Billy Roberts)
c) played by - Brad Mehldau (or Mildew, as Dandy calls him)

4. Fourth Question (Pete Eye Trio)
a) title - Sissy Strut
b) original artist - The Meters

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