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California Music Introduction

California plays a key roll in the world of music. Many songs mention the golden state of California. One such song is California Dreamin' by the Mamas & the Papas. The Eagles sing about California in one of the most famous songs they ever recorded, Hotel California. Otis Redding tells about the San Francisco area in one of his most recognized songs, (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay. 2Pac sang about the west coast in his hit song, California Love. L.L. Cool J had a lot of success with his hit song, Going Back to Cali. These songs can be purchased through the links below.

California Songs

Audio CD (March 10, 1998)
Original Release Date: March 10, 1998
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Mca
ASIN: B0000062XS
1. California Dreamin'
Review by reprinted with permission
The Mamas and the Papas had a sound that helped define a portion of the 1960s. Their breezy folk classics had a bit of San Francisco psychedelia woven in, and, despite the sweet harmonies, there was also a noticeably dark feel to some of their more popular work. "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday" both utilized enough minors to give them a spooky edge. Greatest Hits is an essential part of any audiophile's collection, especially if they don't have the original recordings that spawned the hits. "Dedicated to the One I Love" is almost ironic for its tenderness, considering the turmoil that rumbled through the band's interrelationships. While John and Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty were all responsible for the success of the Mamas and the Papas, listening to this collection reveals that the late great Mama Cass was not only the heart but the soul of the band. Greatest Hits closes with her "Dream a Little Dream of Me," and serves as a touching tribute to Cass Elliot's talent. --Steve Gdula

Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
Label: Elektra/Asylum
ASIN: B000002GVO
1. Hotel California
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It's no accident that The Eagles Greatest Hits might one day pass Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album of all time-- the Eagles made great singles. By contrast, their albums could be spotty and strained by self-conscious artistry. Hotel California was arguably the band's best single album--it was certainly the Eagles' biggest original disc-- and it also underscored the band's need to make a big statement. The title tune reflected the album's theme of paradise lost in California, painting this picture with a musical arrangement that punctuated strumming guitars with dramatic drums, and perhaps the band's most famous lyric: "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." "New Kid in Town" was an equally fine albeit much more traditional Eagles ballad. "Life in the Fast Lane" aspired to hard rock but largely gunned its engine without taking off. The rest is okay, but nothing more than secondary Eagles songs that happened to be nestled into the album that came to define the `70s supergroup. --John Milward

Audio CD (November 5, 1996)
Original Release Date: November 5, 1996
Label: Def Jam
ASIN: B0000024LZ
5. Going Back To Cali
Review by reprinted with permission
The very epitome of "been there, done that," LL Cool J also has the distinction of having originated (or, at least, being the most proficient at) half a dozen rap styles. On the hits collection All World, all the phases are represented: he was "hard as hell" on 1986's "Rock the Bells" and again on 1991's "Mama Said Knock You Out"; on 1987's "I Need Love," he was the painfully sappy precursor to Boyz II Men, but he had the formula down pat for 1990's "Around the Way Girl" (and then he went sappy again on 1995's "Hey Lover," a collaboration with the Boyz); and 1988's "Going Back to Cali" found him stylin'. He's had his ups and downs and managed to produce only a couple of truly killer albums, but LL's first dozen years show that he's left his stamp on nearly every facet of the hip-hop world. --Randy Silver

Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
Original Release Date: February 1968
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Atlantic
ASIN: B000002IH5
1. (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay
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Shortly after his breakthrough appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, Otis Redding began talking of making a record that would be to soul music what Sgt. Pepper's was to rock. Sadly, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was the only song he recorded for this project before his untimely death, and so The Dock of the Bay wound up being a mixed bag of non-LP singles and previously unreleased material. Of course, Redding was such an amazing singer that even a ragtag collection of his stuff is worth checking out, and this album certainly has its fair share of high points, including "Tramp," a sassy duet with Carla Thomas; the funky "Don't Mess with Cupid"; and the unbelievably poignant "Ole Man Trouble." --Dan Epstein

Audio CD (May 22, 2001)
Label: Death Row
ASIN: B00005AQE8
Disc I - 12. California Love (Remix)
Review by reprinted with permission
Simultaneously serving as both endless fodder for intellectual debates and the album most likely to be blaring out of the adjacent car's window, All Eyez on Me is a phenomenon that packs a wallop with every listen. Unquestionably the most nihilistic album to top the Billboard charts--and it's doubtful that any will match it--Eyez also manages to dish out the good-times dance tunes and still flow seamlessly. Recording commenced within hours of Tupac Shakur's release from prison, and a year's worth of pent-up ideas are unleashed with a fury akin to lifting the lid on a box of plutonium. The line between high art and insufferable reality, possibilities and self-destruction, has never been so blurred. Eyez is a landmark achievement that is unlikely to be topped by any heir apparent to the hip-hop crown. --Gregg Turkington

Some of the Los Angeles Area Radio Stations are as follows:
KIIS FM 102.7 Rick Dees, Ellen K.
KKBT FM 100.3 Steve Harvey
KLOS FM 95.6 Mark And Brian
KOST FM 103.5
KPWR FM 105.9 Big Boy's Neighborhood
KROQ FM 106.7 Kevin And Bean, Doc on the Roq, Lisa May

Posters for Artists with ties to California:
  • 2Pac mentions Oakland in his music. 2Pac Shakur Posters
  • Blink 182
  • Green Day
  • Ice Cube has wrap songs about Los Angeles.Ice Cube Posters
  • Incubus
  • Linkin Park
  • No Doubt are from Orange County. I was able to see them play at Irvine Meadows. Gwen Stefani, the lead singer is very famous. She dated a prominent member of Bush. No Doubt Posters
  • Pearl Jam
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • Snoop Dogg sings about the West Coast. Snoop Dogg Posters
  • Sublime
  • The Doors were said to have come together at UCLA. The University of California at Los Angeles is not far from Hollywood and Beverly Hills and some of the hot spots for musicians. The lead singer, Jim Morrison, is a legend. Many people do not believe that his death was real. The Doors Posters
  • Van Halen practically grew up in Arcadia. They are well-liked in the greater Los Angeles basin. Eddie, Alex and their family moved from the Netherlands to Pasadena, CA, in 1967. Eddie Van Halen was 12 years old at the time while his older brother Alex was 14. They continued their classical piano training while their father earned a living performing in wedding bands. Eddie and Alex eventually turned their attention to rock and roll. Eddie learned how to play the drums while Alex initially took up the guitar, eventually switching instruments. The brothers began a hard rock band called Mammoth and began playing around Pasadena In time they met David Lee Roth, who had been raised in a wealthy Californian family. At the time they met, David Lee Roth was singing in Redball Jet. Soon after, bassist Michael Anthony, who was singing with Snake, joined them in Mammoth. They changed their name to Van Halen in 1974. For the next few years, Van Halen played throughout Pasadena, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. It didn't take long for them to become the most popular local band in Los Angeles.

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