Michael J Knight was a disk jockey in Cortland at WSUC and later at WHEN in Syracuse, NY before landing at United Stations radio network in NYC. Michael is a life long musician and current television producer. Michael went to broadcasting school with host, David Earl Waterman and this episode was a particularly fun walk down memory lane. These are the #Fave5 songs he brought with him and some more details about each artist/song!
THREE DOG NIGHT “Joy To The World”
So many theories about that famous opening line including a biblical reference. However, the writer Hoyt Axton, said, it was a placeholder until he could write a proper verse. He had been sitting on the chorus for three months. “It was meaningless. It was a temporary lyric. Before I could rewrite it, they cut it and it was a hit.”
THE ROLLING STONES “Respectable”
Written by Mick Jagger...but it was Keith Richards who fought to keep it an uptempo rocker. Much to Jaggers objection, Richards played the guitar solo in this song.
THE CARS “Dangerous Type”
Ben Orr, bass player and singer, was in The Cleveland Sixties band and The Grasshoppers. They opened for the Beach Boys and were the house band for the TV show UpBeat. The first show the band The Cars performed....was at an air force base in New Hampshire on New Year's Eve 1977.
JEFFERSON STARSHIP “Can't Find Love”
Originally Jefferson Airplane, the group's first gig was at the Matrix Club in San Francisco...which later became a showcase for new SF bands. Jefferson Airplane played the first ever gig at the now famous Fillmore West Auditorium.
CROWDED HOUSE “Don't Dream It's Over”
This song was used in commercials for the New Zealand Tourism Commission...where the band is from. Maggi's favorite cover of this song is Miley Cyrus during her backyard sessions video series with Ariana Grande.
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