Song of the Day #5,326: ‘Long Time Gone’ – Crosby, Stills & Nash

David Crosby, who had a front row seat for some of history’s most iconic music, died a couple of weeks ago at 81.

Crosby was a founding member of two classic bands — The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. His sweet vocals and gift for harmonies helped both groups forge a sound that still feels essential. My younger daughter just recently started listening to The Byrds and was instantly smitten.

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Song of the Day #5,325: ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ – Carole King

My final post on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2013 covers the other non-performer honored that year, Lou Adler. Adler is a record and movie producer responsible for some iconic work over the course of his lengthy career.

The acts most associated with Adler are the unlikely grouping of Carole King, the Mamas & the Papas, and Cheech & Chong. Adler produced King’s classic Tapestry and nine other albums by the singer-songwriter. He’s also the producer of the Mamas & the Papas’ biggest hits, including ‘California Dreaming’ and ‘Monday Monday.’

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Song of the Day #5,324: ‘Back on the Block’ – Various Artists

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame also inducts non-performers with notable contributions to the music industry, and in 2013 that honor went to Quincy Jones. I don’t know if there are similar eligibility rules for non-performers but Jones got his start in the early 50s so I assume he could have (and should have) gotten this award even earlier.

Jones has worked as a performer, composer, arranger and producer for seven decades now, collaborating with some of the most notable artists in the world. His work with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson alone could earn him a spot in the Hall.

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Song of the Day #5,323: ‘Hot Stuff’ – Donna Summer

The final artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as a performer was Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco and one of the most iconic singer-songwriters of the 70s and 80s.

Summer was first eligible for the Hall in 2000 but didn’t receive her first nomination until 2008. She was nominated in ’08, ’10, ’11 and ’12 before finally making the cut in 2013. Sadly, she died of lung cancer in 2012 before she made it in.

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Song of the Day #5,322: ‘Poison Arrow’ – ABC

‘Poison Arrow’ is the second track, and second single, from New Wave English band ABC’s debut album, 1982’s The Lexicon of Love. The song was a top ten hit in the UK and reached #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the U.S.

The third single, title track ‘The Look of Love,’ fared even better reaching #4 in the UK and #18 in the U.S. ABC went on to decent success worldwide through the 80s and into the early 90s before going on hiatus. The band reformed in 1998 with lead singer Martin Fry as the sole official member, recording and performing with a touring band.

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