Name That Tune was a television quiz show. It ran, off-and-on, from 1952 – 1985. Contestants guessed the name of songs from a few notes of melody. Prizes were cash.
We are going to play something similar. Unfortunately, the only prize available will be your personal satisfaction. I will provide a few words of lyrics and you can guess the artist/group name and the name of the song. (Too bad music will not be available.) There will be 10 questions (lyrics) —and a bonus question. Answers will follow. Don’t peek.
1) “Hello, can you hear me?”
2) “I saw the news today. Oh, boy. About a lucky man who made the grave.”
3) “I saw her today at the reception, a glass of wine in her hand.”
4) “A man walks down the street. He says, ‘Why am I soft in the middle, the rest of my life is so hard….’”
5) “You make me feel like a natural women.”
6) “It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday. The regular crowd shuffles in.”
7) “I’ve looked at love from both sides now.”
8) “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.”
9) “You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.”
10) “I used to be lunatic from the gracious days.”
Extra credit: “Just take those old records off the shelf.”
1) “Hello.” Adele. 2015. Her voice is as good as my wife’s. High praise.
2) “A Day in the Life.” The Beatles. 1967. From the Sgt. Pepper Album; a game changer.
3) “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” (Ain’t that the truth.) The Rolling Stones. 1969. I almost went with “Sympathy for the Devil.”
4) “You Can Call Me, Al.” (Or, Ralph or Ollie.) Paul Simon. 1986. Pick anything from Graceland.
5) “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Carol King. 1971. Another milestone, for her and everyone else.
6) “Piano Man.” Billy Joel. 1973. Still touring. How?
7) “Both Sides Now.” Joni Mitchell. 1969. Try limiting yourself to one from Ms. Mitchell.
8) “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” Willie Nelson, from Ed and Patsy Bruce. Surprised Willie’s here?
9) “Hotel California.” The Eagles. 1976. There are days this is THE best song I’ve ever heard.
10) “No More I Love You’s.” Annie Lennox, from Joseph Hughes and David Freeman. 1995. From a flawless album of covers; Medusa. Ms. Lennox was named: The Greatest White Soul Singer Ever. Sounds OK to me.
Extra Credit: “Old Time Rock and Roll.” Bob Seger…from George Jackson and Thomas E. Jones. 1978. His first Greatest Hits album (1994) outsold “The Beatles’ 1” and “Michael Jackson’s Number Ones.” For Old Fashioned Rock and Roll, there is no one better. Sorry. We’ll have to agree to disagree.