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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

Jan. 28th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - January 28, 2018

Dandy finally snatches the cover contest crown back from Mary Ellen, after three weeks. Both Dandy and Mary Ellen guessed Sly & the Stone for 2c ... For number 3, Dandy knew the author, but not the interpreter; while Mary Ellen recognized the interpreter but not the author ... very interesting.

1. Matt Wilson plays a tune
a) what's the title - "Turn, Turn, Turn"
b) whose hit? - The Byrds
c) who wrote it - Pete Seeger (quoting the Bible, so half-credit for the Bible)

2. The second tune
a) what's the title? "For What It's Worth"
b) whose tune? - Buffalo Springfield's
c) who is covering it? - The Staple Singers

3. "Sundown"
a) whose tune? - Gordon Lightfoot's
b) who is covering it - Toby Keith

4. The fourth tune
a) what's the title? - "Alfie"
b) who starred in the movie by that name? - Michael Caine
c) who is covering it? - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
d) who wrote it? - Burt Bacharach

Jan. 21st, 2018


Catamount Community Radio - January 21, 2018

I pull in to the station this morning ... cars there. Great, I'm not going to have the station to myself, and it was like 9:58, and I'm expected to be on the air at 10:00.

It was the Station Manager and the Program Coordinator ... they told me that the internet stream was down; wonderful, I thought, is it going to be another two and a half years before it starts streaming again. But alas, it was indeed streaming, as I learned from James D., a new listener! (not to be confused with Jim Dandy) But I didn't find out until after the show.

Mary Ellen emails me: what's up with the cover contest? I didn't run it this week because I thought nobody was listening ... but it'll be back next week.

See you next week.

1. Trygve Siem – Himmerlrand I Tidevand – Part IV
2. Sonny Stitt & Oscar Peterson – I Can’t Give You Anything but Love
3. Frankie Valli – Can’t Take my Eyes Off You
4. The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes for You
5. Danilo Pérez – Bright Mississippi
6. Django Reinhardt – Sweet Georgia Brown
7. Hank Williams – Just Waitin’
8. Nickel Creek – Tomorrow is a Long Time
9. Sonny Boy Williamson – Help Me
10. Ben Allison – Goin’ Back
11. Paul Simon – Question for the Angels
12. Jelly Roll Morton – Doctor Jazz
13. Marcus Roberts – Elite Sycnopations
14. Pat Metheny – Rainy Days and Mondays
15. Serge Gainsbourg – Iontoxicated Man
16. Dinah Washington – I Sold my Heart to the Junkman
17. Dorothy Dandridge – Smooth Operator
18. John Zorn – Gevurah
19. Neil Young – Razor Love
20. Roland Alfonso – One Thousand Tons of Megaton
21. Futurisic Ensemble – In the Dark
22. Nick Lowe – Lately I’ve Let Things Slide
23. U2 – Peace on Earth
24. Bill Charlap – I’ll remember April
25. Les Paul & Mary Ford – I’m a Foold to Care
26. Alfredo Gutiérrez – Ojos indios
27. Brad Mehldau – Alfie
28. Duke Ellington – Echoes of Harlem
29. Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Serenity

Jan. 15th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - January 14, 2018

Today all the covers were Stevie Wonder tunes. When Mary Ellen sent me her responses, she started out by saying that Stevie Wonder was probably her all-time favorite musician, so I guess it was predictable that she would win today.

1. Adam Rafferty plays "I Wish"
2. Marcus Miller plays "Boogie On, Reggae Woman"
3. Mark Whitfield plays "Love's in Need"
4. Stanley Turrentine plays "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"
5. Herbie Hancock & Najee play "Summer Soft"
6. Part Martino plays "Too High"
7. Larry Goldings plays "Big Brother"
8. King Curtis plays "I Was Made to Love Her"

Jan. 7th, 2018


CCR Cover Contest - January 7, 2018

It should have been a tie, but for some inexplicable reason, Dandy missed no. 4. Nobody got question 3, which was pretty hard, because the band never really played the melody, but merely quoted parts of it a couple times. So it looks like Mary Ellen retains the crown, at least for now.

1. What's the tune Mongo Santamaría is playing? - "Fever"

2. Bill Evans. What's the name of the tune, and for what TV show was it the theme?
a) "Suicide is Painless"
b) M.A.S.H.

3. El Michels Affair. What's the tune, and who wrote it?
a) "Walk on By"
b) Burt Bacharach

(a hit for Dionne Warwick, BTW)

4. Larry Goldings. What's the title and who wrote it?
a) "Here, There, Everywhere"
b) Paul McCartney (though Lennon shares writing credit)

(It's on Revolver, probably my favorite Beatles album.)

Dec. 31st, 2017


CCR Cover Contest - December 31, 2017

I don’t know if it has ever happened before, but we have a perfect score today. Mary Ellen’s grade is 100%. Jim Dandy did fine, but you can’t beat 100%

1. “Get Out of Town”
a) written by Cole Porter
b) performed by Caetano Veloso

2. Buck Owens – “Act Naturally” Who DIDN’T cover it?
a) ____The Beatles
b) ____Loretta Lynn
c) __x__Merle Haggard

3. Eddie Adcock – what’s the tune, and whose tune is it?
a) “Mrs. Robinson”
b) Simon and Garfunkel

4. “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”
a) written by Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan
b) performed by Miley Cyrus

Dec. 17th, 2017


Cover Contest - December 17, 2017

Jim Dandy edges Mary Ellen by one point to win this week's cover contest.

1. The Drifters - "Up on the Roof"
a) who wrote it? - Carole King
b) which sweet-voiced singer had a hit with it? - James Taylor

2. What's the title and who's playing it?
a) Goin' Out of my Head
b) Bill Frisell

3. "When You Were Mine? - who's singing it and who wrote it?
a) Mitch Ryder
b) Prince

4. Corrine Bailey Rae sings "River" - whose tune? - Joni Mitchel's

Dec. 11th, 2017


CCR Cover Contest - December 10, 2017

Dandy wins this week.

1. “Time After Time”
a) who’s covering it? – Cassandra Wilson
b) whose tune is it? – Cyndi Lauper’s

2. What is the name of this Chesnut once played by Louis Armstrong?
- “Tiger Rag”

3. Who is covering his seasonal song, and what’s the title?
a) Rahsaan Roland Kirk
b) “Wee Three Kings”

4. What tune is Monty Alexander covering and whose tune is it?
a) “Crazy Baldheads”
b) Bob Marley’s

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