Please Share My Umbrella – What Song Is It?

The Hollies, 1964

Song: Bus Stop (1966) Artist: Hollies Album: Bus Stop (Imperial) Written by Graham Gouldman, the opening lyrics of Bus Stop, are “Bus stop, wet day, she’s there, I say please share my umbrella.” The Hollies, however, were co-founded by another famous Graham, Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills and Nash, along with his friend Alan Clarke, who … Read more

Please Don’t Bother Trying To Find Her, She’s Not There

Song: She’s Not There (1964) Artist: The Zombies Album: The Zombies (Parrot) Written by Rod Argent, who wrote many other classic rock songs, She’s Not There was the first hit by the Zombies. It is also one of those songs that, if you have only heard Santana’s version (1977), you should listen to the original, without … Read more

No One Knows What It’s Like (To Be the Bad Man): What Song Is It?

Song: Behind Blue Eyes (1971) Artist: The Who Album: Who’s Next (Decca) The lyric “No one knows what it’s like to be the bad man” comes from the song Behind Blue Eyes, released on The Who’s album Who’s Next in 1971. A tortured and dark acoustic ballad, the song was originally part of a collection of songs … Read more

I Bless The Rains Down In Africa: What Song Is It?

Song: Africa (1982) Artist: Toto Album: Toto IV (Columbia) The lyric “I bless the rains down in Africa” come from the band Toto’s greatest hit song, Africa, released on the album Toto IV in 1982. It is said to be misheard, sometimes, as “I left my brains down in Africa” but it is uncertain whether this particular … Read more

I Think It Was The 4th Of July (Saturday in the Park)

Song: Saturday in the Park (1972) Artist: Chicago Album: Chicago V (Columbia) The lyrics, “I think it was the 4th of July” come from the 1972 Chicago song Saturday in the Park, which charted in the U.S. up to No. 3 and was the group’s first gold single. The song was written by keyboardist Robert Lamm, … Read more

What Song By David Bowie Goes “Fame, Fame, Fame, Fame…”

Song: Fame (1975) Artist: David Bowie Album: Young Americans Fame is one of the David Bowie Songs you will hear most often on the radio. Or, as hip music critics say, “it is an FM radio classic,” as if anyone actually listens to AM anymore. Yes, with FM there’s no static at all. You can stop saying … Read more

What Was the First Album to Be Released on Compact Disc?

First album released on CD

Artist: Bill Joel Album: 52nd Street (1978, released on CD, 1982) The journey toward the CD began in the early 1970s when Sony and Phillips began working on an optical disc with digitally encoded sound that could be read by laser. Before the compact disc, it was all vinyl and cassette tape. It was even … Read more