Paradise by the
Jim Steinman in 1977 for the album
"Bat Out of Hell", Ellen Foley and Meatloaf traded
vocals in this classic rock opera.
Stairway to Heaven
by Led Zeppelin
Released in late 1971, the song was composed by
the band's untitled
fourth studio album. Arguably the
greatest rock and roll song of all time, Don spent over a week
perfecting the drum, MIDI sequences alone.
The Doors Medley
by The Doors
Formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with
the band took its name from the title of Aldous
Doors of Perception.
They were among the most controversial,
influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of
Morrison's lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona.
You Keep Me
by Vanilla Fudge
"Vanilla Fudge" classic spent 204 weeks on Billboard Magazine's album
charts and changed rock and roll music forever. One week they played
Marist High School in Bayonne NJ, and the next week they were
immortal! A 1966 Fender Jaguar was used for these guitar parts, a 1961
Fender Jazz Bass, and, of course, a 1950 Hammond C series organ with
by The Eagles
American "Stairway to Heaven" was
released as a single in February 1977. Writing credits for the song
are shared by Eagles
Don Felder, Don
The Eagles' recording of the song features Henley singing the lead
vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric
between Felder and Joe
by Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot's maritime dirge about the
November 10, 1975 sinking of the ore freighter
S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.
Twenty two separate tracks, including gulls, wind, surf, bells and four
12 string tracks (two overdriven) punctuate this recording.
Don used a broad shouldered, '69 Fender Kingman, capoed to the 3rd
fret for the acoustic parts.
Sweet Home Alabama
by Lynyrd Skynard
in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping the song reached
#8 on the US charts in 1974 and was the band's second hit single. The
song was written in reply to "Southern Man" and "Alabama" by Neil
Young; Young is noted by name in the song's lyrics.
Harry Chapin's immortal
classic, Don spent over 100 hours recording this track, mostly on bass
and string lines. Three guitars were used: a Guild F65CE for the
acoustic parts, a Fender solid body "Hockey Stick" twelve string, and
a Gretsch Viking.
You Made Me So Very Happy
by Blood, Sweat and Tears
Released first as a single in 1967 by
Brenda Holloway on the Tamla label,
this song was later a huge hit for jazz-rock band Blood,
Sweat & Tears in
If New Jersey
had a "National Anthem", this would be it! Bruce
Springsteen's classic rocker about cruisin' the streets of Asbury
Park, NJ in the 1960's. Dr.Tom Posio (from Livingston, N.J.)
played the sax on this number.
Mr. Tambourine Man
by Bob Dylan / The Byrds
Written, composed, and performed by Bob
who released his original version of it on his 1965 album
Bringing It All Back Home, The
recorded a version of the song that they released in the same year as
their first single on Columbia
reaching number 1 on both the Billboard Hot
and the UK
as well as being the title track of their first album, Mr.
Tambourine Man. The
Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical
subgenre of folk
leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars
and intellectual lyrics in the wake of the single's success.
Mamas & Papas Medley
by The Mamas & the Papas
The Mamas & the Papas
recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968. They released five studio
albums and seventeen singles, six of which made the top ten and sold
close to 40 million records worldwide. The
group was composed of John
Phillips (19352001), Denny
Doherty (19402007), Cass
Phillips née Gilliam
(b. 1944). Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John
Phillips the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted
folk to the new beat style
of the early sixties.
Like a Rolling Stone
by Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone's
confrontational lyrics originated in an extended piece of verse Dylan
wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour
Dylan distilled this draft into four verses and a chorus. "Like a
Rolling Stone" was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions
for the forthcoming album Highway
by Don McClean
McClean's classic outlines the death of rock and roll from Buddy
Holly until 1971. Don used a 1969 Fender Kingman, tuned down a whole
step, and doubled by a 1967 Fender Coronado XII 12 string, capoed to
the 3rd fret, to get that fat, sweet acoustic sound.
by Billy Joel
Joel's immortal classic, Don added a '67 Fender Coronado XII, 12 sting
to sweeten it up a bit.
written by Ian Anderson's first wife, Jeannie, this politically
incorrect masterpiece shows the range of views of contemporary British
people toward the aging and decrepit, represented by that lecherous
old soul, Aqualung. Each varying perspective toward Aqualung is
accompanied by a radical change in the music. Punctuated by the most
recognizable "hook" of the last 30 years, and Martin Barre's
articulate guitar solo, Aqualung is arguably the "Beethoven's 5th" of
rock and roll.
The Legend of Billy the Kid
by Billy Joel
McCarty (September 17, 1859 July 14, 1881), better known as Billy
the Kid, and also as William H. Bonney, was a 19th-century gunman who
participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in
the American Old West. According to legend, he killed twenty-one men,
but it is now generally believed that he killed eight. He killed his
first man on August 17, 1877. McCarty was 5 ft 8 in. tall with blue
eyes, blonde or dirty blonde hair, and a smooth complexion. He was
described as being friendly and personable at times.