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Trivia 2019 # 10

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Trivia 2019 # 10

Q. Whose childhood hit was Fingertips? A. Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips" is a 1963 hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's then Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single, "Fingertips" was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley's 1952 comic monologue "It's in the Book". Written and composed by Wonder's mentors, Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby, "Fingertips" was originally a jazz instrumental recorded for Wonder's first studio album, The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie. The live version of the song was recorded in June 1962 during a Motown Revue performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Containing only a few stanzas of improvised lyrics, "Fingertips" is essentially an instrumental piece, meant to showcase Wonder's talents on the bongos and the harmonica.

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Trivia 2019- # 9

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Trivia 2019- # 9

Q. John Mayall’s band which helped launch Eric Clapton’s career was called what A. John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers was an English blues rock band, led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall, OBE. While never producing a radio-friendly hit on their own, the Bluesbreakers' greatest legacy is as an incubator for British rock and blues musicians. Many of the best known bands to come out of Britain in the 1960s and 1970s had members that came through the Bluesbreakers at one time, forming the foundation of British blues music that still appears heavily in classic rock radio. Among those with a tenure in the Bluesbreakers are Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (later of Cream), Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie (who would form Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (the Rolling Stones), Aynsley Dunbar (Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention), and numerous other musicians. Formed in March 1963 The Bluesbreakers became ...

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Trivia 2019 # 8

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Q. Which Radiohead album has been cited by musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time ? A. OK Computer is the third studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on 16 June 1997. The band distanced themselves from the guitar-centred, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends. OK Computer's abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and eclectic range of influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead's later, more experimental work. OK Computer received widespread critical acclaim and has been cited by listeners, critics and musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and won Best Alternative Music Album at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in 1998. The album initiated a stylistic shift in British rock away from the then-ubiquitous Britpop genre toward melancholic, atmospheric alternative rock that became more prevalent in the next decade. ...

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Trivia 2019 # 7

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Trivia 2019 # 7

Q. What were some of the band names before Pink Floyd was Pink Floyd? A.  Roger Waters and Nick Mason met while studying architecture at the London Polytechnic at Regent Street.  They first played music together in a group formed by Keith Noble and Clive Metcalfe with Noble's sister Sheilagh. Richard Wright, a fellow architecture student, joined later that year, and the group became a sextet, Sigma 6. Waters played lead guitar, Mason drums, and Wright rhythm guitar (since there was rarely an available keyboard). The band performed at private functions and rehearsed in a tearoom in the basement of the Regent Street Polytechnic. They performed songs by the Searchers and material written by their manager and songwriter, fellow student Ken Chapman. In September 1963, Waters and Mason moved into a flat at 39 Stanhope Gardens near Crouch End in London, owned by Mike Leonard, a part-time tutor at the nearby Hornsey College of Art and the Regent Street Polytechnic. Mason moved out after the 1964 academic year, and guitarist Bob Klose moved in during ...

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TRIVIA 2019 # 6

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Q. What Canadian band originally did the song "I Go Blind" that Hootie & The Blowfish covered and had a radio hit with. A. "I Go Blind" is a song by Canadian alternative rock group 54-40. The song was released as a single from the band's 1986 self-titled album, 54-40. It has since become one of the band's most popular songs. The song was covered by American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish for the soundtrack of the TV series Friends. The cover became a radio hit in 1996, peaking at No. 22 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and No. 2 on the Adult Top 40 chart.

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Trivia 2019 # 5

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Trivia 2019 # 5

Q.  In 1998, the song "One Week" reached Number One for (appropriately) one week and quickly became a karaoke singer's nightmare due to the ridiculous speed of some of its lyrics. What Canadian band brought us "One Week"? A.  "One Week" is a song by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies, and is the first single from their 1998 album Stunt. It was written by Ed Robertson, who is featured on the lead vocal of the rapped verses. Steven Page sings lead on the song's chorus, while the two co-lead the prechoruses in harmony. The song is notable for its significant number of pop culture references, and remains the band's best known song in the United States.

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Trivia 2019 # 4

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Trivia 2019 # 4

What is the better known stage name of Robyn Fenty? Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, and raised in Bridgetown, she was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers in her home country in 2003. Throughout 2004, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of Rogers and signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, rapper and hip hop producer Jay-Z. In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun as well as its follow-up A Girl like Me (2006). Both albums peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles "Pon de Replay", "SOS" and "Unfaithful". Recognized as a pop icon, Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 280 million records sold worldwide. Rihanna is ...

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Trivia 2019 # 3

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Trivia 2019 # 3

Q. Which singer was known as Little Miss Dynamite? A. Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley; December 11, 1944) is an American performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s, and is ranked fourth in that decade surpassed only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ray Charles. She is known for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry", and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", which has become a Christmas standard. At 4 ft 9 inches tall (approximately 145 cm), she received the nickname "Little Miss Dynamite" in 1957, when she was 12, after recording the song "Dynamite" and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following.

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Trivia 2019 # 2

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Q. What is the name of the Terry Jacks song from 1974 that inspired future songwriters such as Kurt Cobain of Nirvana A. "Seasons in the Sun" is an English-language adaptation of the song "Le Moribond" by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel with lyrics rewritten by American singer-poet Rod McKuen. Terry Jacks recorded "Seasons in the Sun" in Vancouver in 1973 with his then-wife Susan Jacks (who went under the name The Poppy Family). They made the decision to record the song when The Beach Boys, who had recorded a version with Terry Jacks producing, decided to abandon their recording. The single soon topped the record charts in the U.S., in Canada, and the UK, selling over 14 million copies worldwide. Jacks's version was released in the United States in December 1973, and made the Billboard Hot 100 a month later. On March 2, 1974, the song began a three-week run at number ...

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Trivia 2019 # 1

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Q. Which Canadian band leader, famous for New Year's Eve music, made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list with "It's Love-Love-Love"? A. Guy Lombardo was born in London, Ontario in June, 1902. His orchestra played at venues around North America, but is most famous for New Year's Eve radio and television broadcasts from 1929 through the mid-70s where they always played "Auld Lang Syne". His hit song "It's Love-Love-Love" arrived on the Billboard chart on April 6, 1944, lasting a total of ten weeks on the chart, peaking at number one for two weeks. The song was included in the film Stars on Parade (1944). The Platters included the song on their album Song for the Lonely (1962).

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