Musicians and songwriters mentioned by name (in order of appearance) are: B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers, Lonnie Mack, Twangin' Eddy (Duane Eddy), Poco, Deep Purple, Sam Cooke, Lesley Gore, Ritchie Valens, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Richard Perry, Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, The Righteous Brothers, The Archies, Harry Nilsson, Fats Is Back (Fats Domino), Brenda & the Tabulations, Carly Simon, Noddy Holder, Johnny Cash, Johnny Rivers, Mungo Jerry, Peter, Paul and Mary, Dr. John, Doris Day, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Bonnie Bramlett, Wilson Pickett, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Dale Hawkins, Ronnie Hawkins, John Denver, Donny Osmond, J. J. Cale, ZZ Top, David Bowie, Steely Dan, Edgar Winter, Joanie Sommers, Osmond Brothers, Johnny Thunders, Eric Clapton, and Stephen Foster. Legendary disc jockeys Alan Freed and Murray the K also earn nods.
Song references include Elvis Presley's "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck," the Eagles' "Take It Easy
," Sly & the Family Stone's "I Want To Take You Higher
," The Castaways' "Liar, Liar
," Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion
," The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
," Wanda Jackson's "Fujiyama," The Edsels' "Rama Lama Ding Dong," Little Anthony & The Imperials' "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop
," Hank Ballard's "Finger Poppin' Time," The Monkees' "Mary, Mary," The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter
," Frankie Avalon's "DeDe Dinah," Ma Rainey's "CC Rider" (a hit for The Animals in the '60s), Stephen Foster's "Camptown Races
," The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations
," "Help Me, Rhonda
," "Surfer Girl
" and "Little Honda
," Alive N Kickin's "Tighter, Tighter
," ABBA's "Honey, Honey
," The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar
," Ohio Express' "Yummy Yummy Yummy," The Shangri-Las' "Remember (Walking in the Sand)
," Les Cooper's "The Boston Monkey," The Four Tops' "Baby I Need Your Loving
," Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)
," and Three Dog Night's "Celebrate."
The lyrics also mention record labels Kama Sutra, CBS, Warner Bros., RCA ("and all the others"), dance crazes like The Fish and The Swim, and tools of the rock trade like slide guitar, Fender bass, and the wah-wah pedal.