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Trivia 2019 # 3

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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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Trivia 2019 # 2

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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Trivia 2019 # 1

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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Trivia 2018 # 50

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Trivia 2018 # 50

December 14 ~ 1968 - Tommy James and the Shondells released "Crimson & Clover." ~ 1980 - Yoko Ono called for a 10-minute silent vigil around the world for John Lennon, her husband, who was shot to death six days earlier. Over 100,000 people went to Central Park in New York to honor the request. December 15 ~ 1977 - The Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the U.S. only two days before they were to appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." ~ 2001 - Joe Walsh receives an honourary Doctorate of Music form Kent State December 16 ~ 1949 Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top fame) was born ~ 1971 - Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus version of "American Pie" was released. December 17 ~ Paul Rodgers (of Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and most recently ofQueen + Paul Rodgers) was born ~ 1977 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in place of the ...

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Trivia 2018 # 49

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December 7 ~ 1949 - Tom Waits was born. Known for his distinctive deep gravelly singing voice, his lyrics are characterized by their focus on characters living on the underside of U.S. society. His early music during the 1970s was primarily in the jazz genre, but later work moved towards blues, vaudeville, and experimental music. Waits was raised in a middle-class family in Whittier, California and then San Diego. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beat Generation, as a teenager he began singing on the San Diego folk music scene. Relocating to Los Angeles, he worked as a songwriter before signing a recording contract with Asylum Records. His first albums, the jazz-oriented Closing Time (1973) and The Heart of Saturday Night (1974), reflected his lyrical interest in nightlife, poverty, and criminality. Repeatedly touring the U.S., Europe, and Japan, he attracted greater critical recognition and commercial success with Small Change (1976), which ...

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Trivia 2018 – # 48

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Trivia 2018 – # 48

November 30 ~ 1929 - Dick Clark was born ~ 1969 - John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges. December 1 ~ 1940 - Richard Pryor is born ~ 1957 - Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets ("That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue"), Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), and the Rays. December 2 ~ 1949 - Gene Autry's song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," hit the record charts. ~ 1983 - MTV aired Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video for the first time. ~ 1988 - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, and Willie Nelson appeared on "Geraldo" to discuss "Sex on the Road." December 3 ~ 1948 - Ozzy Osboure was born ~ 1965 - In Sacramento, CA, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was shocked and knocked unconscious during a ...

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Trivia 2018 – # 47

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November 23 ~ 1899 - First jukebox installed at Palais Royal Hotel, San Francisco ~ 1990 - MTV banned Madonna's "Justify My Love" video. November 24 ~ 1961 - Howlin' Wolf arrived in London for his first European tour. ~ 1991 - Freddie Mercury of Queen died of AIDS complications at the age of 45. November 25 ~ 1976 - The Band released their final concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, later released as The Last Waltz film and album. The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Bobby Charles, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Joni Mitchell, and The Staple Singers. ~ 1997 - The sixth album of 2Pac, "R U Still Down? (Remember Me)," was released posthumously. November 26 ~ 1976 - Sex Pistols release 'Anarchy in the UK'. It is ...

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Trivia 2018 # 46

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Trivia 2018 # 46

November 16 ~ Movie 'Saturday Night Fever' premiered. Starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a local Brooklyn discothèque; Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner and eventual confidante; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony's former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the champion dancer. His circle of friends and weekend dancing help him to cope with the harsh realities of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his general restlessness. The story is based upon a 1976 New York magazine article by British writer Nik Cohn, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night"; in the mid-1990s, Cohn acknowledged that he fabricated the article. A newcomer to the United States and a stranger to the disco lifestyle, Cohn was unable to make ...

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Trivia 2018 – # 45

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November 9 ~ 1967 - First edition of Rolling Stone magazine is published in San Francisco ~ 1975 - David Bowie appeared on Cher's CBS TV show November 10 ~ 1928 - Ennio Mprricone was born ~ 1960 - Gregg Allman received a guitar for his 13th birthday November 11 ~ 1969 - Jim Morrison (Doors) and Tom Bakker was jailed for "interfering with the flight of an intercontinental aircraft and public drunkenness." The charges were eventually dropped. November 12 ~ 1984 - Madonna released the album "Like A Virgin" in the U.S. ~ 1996 - Eminem's first studio album, "Infinite," was released. November 13 ~ 1968 - The Beatles' animated movie "Yellow Submarine" premiered in the U.S. ~ 1974 - An imposter posing as Deep Purple guitar player Ritchie Blackmore smashed up a borrowed Porsche in Iowa City. November 14 ~ 1947 - Buckwheat Zydeco was born. Stanley Joseph Dural, Jr. (November 14, 1947 – September 24, 2016),better known by his stage name Buckwheat ...

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Trivia 2018 – # 44

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Trivia 2018 – # 44

November 2 ~ 1974 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hit # 1 with 'So Far' ~ 1961 - k.d. lang was born November 3 ~ 1998 - Alanis Morissette's album 'Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie' was released ~ 1972 - James Taylor and Carly Simon were married. They separated in 1982 and were divorced later. November 4 ~ 1967 - Pink Floyd play their first U.S. dates at the Fillmore in San Francisco ~ 1989 - Roxette top the chart with the song 'Listen To Your Heart' for album 'Look Sharp - recently remastered & re-released with bonus material. Roxette are a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals and keyboards) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album Look Sharp! their second studio album. Although commercial success elsewhere was initially modest, the album was the duo's international breakthrough. ...

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