To top off the weekend, we have a lovely medley of songs, ranging from Motown to classic jam bands. Have a great week and enjoy! Votes are due by 8 pm EST on Tuesday, July 19. The songs are here.
The first of a series of Gaye/Terrell duets, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was recorded by each artist in a separate session. The two versions were remixed and edited by Motown, and the product became an early 1967 hit.
Gaye & Terrell continued to record and perform together until Tammi Terrell collapsed onstage in October, 1967. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which eventually led to her tragic death, just before her 25th birthday. “China Cat Sunflower” was first recorded for the Grateful Dead’s third album, and was first recorded live in 1972. The song makes allusions to Alice in Wonderland and was played over 500 times in concert.
“What Is and What Should Never Be,” recorded for 1969’s Led Zeppelin II album, was one of the first songs for which Robert Plant received writing credit. It was the first time Jimmy Page used a Gibson Les Paul guitar. And it is also the first recorded use of John Bonham’s Chinese gong. This is a song I grew up listening to with my Dad and I’m psyched to see it. It faces off with “Papa was a Rodeo” by indie noise pop group, The Magnetic Fields.
“Bad Reputation” earned Joan Jett the 29th place on VH1’s Best Hard Rock Song of All Time, the top spot held by a woman. Joan is facing “Time” by Hootie & the Blowfish, which was a chart topper in the early 1990s.
And the final match up tonight pairs Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” with everyone’s least favorite song on Saturday nights: Semisonic’s “Closing Time.” “Lovely Day” was first released in 1977, and has been a hit ever since. It has been re-released a few times and has been on the charts with each release. The song is also notable because towards the end, Withers holds a note for 18 seconds, which is believed to be the second-longest note in UK chart history, and I would guess that is likely also true for the American charts as well. “Closing Time,” which is a nice way to end the PCT for the evening, hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Modern Rock tracks chart in 1999.
The handy, dandy pasteables:
# 1 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell) vs. # 8 China Cat Sunflower (Grateful Dead)
# 4 What Is And What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin) vs. # 5 Papa Was A Rodeo (Magnetic Fields)
# 2 Bad Reputation (Joan Jett) vs. # 7 Time (Hootie and the Blowfish)
# 3 Lovely Day (Bill Withers) vs. # 6 Closing Time (Semisonic)