Q: I was listening to Carole King's “Tapestry” CD the other day and in the song “Way Over Yonder,” there is a sax solo that sounds much like the one that was used on “Saturday Night Live” (many years ago) at the end of the show when the cast and host are milling around on stage. Is it the same music?
A: In our mind’s eye, the two solos do have a very similar feel and share similar emotions. However, they are not the same tunes.
The closing theme to the old “Saturday Night Live” show is called “Closing Theme (A Waltz in A)” and was written by the then-"SNL" music director, Howard Shore. The theme was performed each show by the "SNL" band, which featured Lenny Pickett on sax, Katreese Barnes on keys, Leon Pendarvis on piano and the Saturday Night Live Band.
Curtis Amy plays the tenor sax solo on “Way Over Yonder.” In addition to playing with many other musicians, readers might be interested to know that Amy also played sax on the Doors’ hit, “Touch Me.”
It is also interesting that you note the similarity between King’s song and the "SNL" closing because King did work the basic framework of the chords from Shore’s closing theme into “If It’s Over,” a song she co-wrote with Mariah Carey and which is featured on Carey’s second album, “Emotions.”
Q: Once the hippy-dippy days of the ''60s ended, did the members of the Strawberry Alarm Clock go on to do anything else?
A: Certainly among the more memorable band names to come out of the psychedelic ’60s, the Strawberry Alarm Clock is best remembered for the song, “Incense and Peppermints.” It might come as a surprise to some music fans to know that there is a connection between the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the little old Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Guitarist Ed King, one of the founding members of the Alarm Clock, was asked by Ronnie Van Zant to join Lynyrd Skynyrd after the Alarm Clock broke up in 1971. He was first asked to play bass, but didn’t think his style of bass playing fit with Lynyrd Skynyrd's needs. With Zant's concurrence, King switched back to guitar. He has confirmed writing the now-famous guitar riff for “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Q: How did U2's Bono and The Edge get their nicknames?
A: The origin of these nicknames dates back to the band’s early days. U2 began life in the fall of 1976 when Paul Hewson, brothers David and Dick Evans and Adam Clayton responded to an advertisement for band members that drummer Larry Mullen Jr., posted on a Mount Temple Comprehensive High School bulletin board.
They started as a Beatles/Stones cover band and called themselves the Feedback. The next year, they changed their name to the Hype, but ultimately settled on U2 when Dick Evans left to form the group, the Virgin Prunes.
It was during this time that Hewson earned his nickname, “Bono Vox,” a pun on a Dublin hearing-aid store, Bonavox, which is Latin for “beautiful voice.” Bono reportedly renamed Evans “The Edge” because of his sharp facial features as well as his sharp mind and habit of observing things from — well — the edge.