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Trivia Q & A # 28 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 28 –...

Q. What band was the first ever to film a video 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. A. 30 Seconds to Mars for 'A Beautiful Lie" The music video for this, directed by Angakok Panipaq, was the first one ever to be shot 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Greenland. Frontman Jared Leto said on his record label's website: "Shooting in Greenland was a dream come true and one of the most exciting adventures we've ever had as a band. Although incredibly challenging and at times it seemed just out of our reach, once we finally arrived the beauty and magnificence of the terrain, the wonderful culture of the people, and the amazing journey itself were all inspiring beyond belief. Almost everyone has heard of global warming by now but for the people of Greenland it is a real and tangible problem of today, not an issue of ...

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Trivia # 27 – 2019

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Trivia # 27 – 2019

Q. What was the inspiration for the hit song "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith? A. Songwriter Diane Warren found inspiration for this song after hearing about an interview where James Brolin said that when his wife Barbra Streisand was away, he missed her even when he was sleeping. When she set out to write a song for Armageddon, she thought this was a good sentiment to express, since the film deals with the impending destruction of all on Earth. When Diane Warren wrote this song, she thought someone like Celine Dion would be singing it. She was surprised when the artist turned out to be Aerosmith, but it ended up working out quite well. "I remember being at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, and sitting at the piano with him and teaching him the song and just having chills all over my body as I heard the ...

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Trivia Q & A # 26 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 26 –...

Q. What B.C. band started out as The Collectors before changing their name in 1970? Hint: They won a Juno Award in 1981 for the song 'My Girl.' A. Chilliwack is a Canadian rock band centered on the singer and guitarist Bill Henderson, which started off with a more progressive rock sound that incorporated elements of folk, jazz and blues, before moving towards a more straight-ahead hard rock/pop rock sound by the mid-70s. They were active from 1970 to 1988. Henderson reformed the band in 1997. Their six best-selling songs were "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)", "I Believe", "Whatcha Gonna Do", "Fly At Night", "Crazy Talk", and "Lonesome Mary". The band originated in Vancouver from members of the C-FUN Classics that changed the band's name to The Collectors when Bill Henderson joined in 1966. Their psychedelic self-titled debut album yielded the minor hit "Lydia Purple". Their second album was ...

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Trivia Q & A # 25 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 25 –...

Q. What future famous comedian did Billie Holiday babysit? A. Billy Crystal - Milt Gabler produced several of Billie Holiday’s seminal songs with her in the 10 years after they recorded her signature song 'Strange Fruit'. Gabler had founded Commodore Records together with his brother-in-law, Jack Crystal, who owned a record store in Manhattan and was a booking agent for jazz acts. Billie Holiday often frequented the Crystal’s house, and even babysat his son, Billy Crystal. In his HBO Special “700 Sundays” Crystal recalled that the first time he went to the movies, in 1953, it was Holiday who took him. The two of them saw Shane starring a young Jack Palance, who would later become Crystal’s friend and City Slickers co-star.

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Trivia Q & A # 24 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 24 –...

Q. What are the Top 5 Most Covered Songs of All Time? A. The 5 Most Covered Songs of All Time are: 'Yesterday' by The Beatles. Its entry in Guinness World Records states that, by January 1986, 1,600 cover versions had been made. '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' by The Rolling Stones. Few artists have been able to match Mick Jagger’s use of tongue or Keith Richards’ rock’n’roll fortitude. Many artists, on the other hand, have covered this song. The list includes Britney Spears, Vanilla Ice, Devo and Jimi Hendrix. 'Cry Me A River' by Julie London. This torch song was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald, but went to Julie London in 1955. Since then, it has been covered by Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Michael Bublé, and many others. 'Imagine' by John Lennon. This one has been covered by everyone from Elton John, to David Bowie, Queen, Ray Charles, Joan Baez ...

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Trivia Q & A # 23 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 23 –...

Q. What iconic item is engraved on Jimi Hendrix's memorial? A. A Fender Stratacaster. Hendrix played a variety of guitars throughout his career, but the instrument that became most associated with him was the Fender Stratocaster. He acquired his first Stratocaster in 1966, when a girlfriend loaned him enough money to purchase a used one that had been built around 1964. He thereafter used the model prevalently during performances and recordings. In 1967, he described the instrument as "the best all-around guitar for the stuff we're doing"; he praised its "bright treble and deep bass sounds". With few exceptions, Hendrix played right-handed guitars that were turned upside down and restrung for left-hand playing. This had an important effect on the sound of his guitar; because of the slant of the bridge pickup, his lowest string had a brighter sound while his highest string had a darker sound, which was the opposite of ...

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Trivia Q & A # 22 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 22 –...

Q. Which gravel-voiced English singer was previously a gas-fitter from Sheffield? A. John Robert Cocker - known as Joe Cocker was born on 20 May 1944 at 38 Tasker Road, Crookes, Sheffield. He was the youngest son of a civil servant, Harold Cocker, and Madge Cocker, née Lee. According to differing family stories, Cocker received his nickname of Joe either from playing a childhood game called "Cowboy Joe", or from a local window cleaner named Joe. Cocker's main musical influences growing up were Ray Charles and Lonnie Donegan. Cocker's first experience singing in public was at age 12 when his elder brother Victor invited him on stage to sing during a gig of his skiffle group. In 1960, along with three friends, Cocker formed his first group, the Cavaliers. For the group's first performance at a youth club, they were required to pay the price of admission before entering. ...

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Trivia Q & A # 21 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 21 –...

Q. Which member of the Hollies went on to join the hugely successful American band commonly known by their initials? A. Graham Nash is known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions as a member of the English pop/rock group the Hollies and the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young). Nash became an American citizen on 14 August 1978 and holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. Nash is a photography collector and a published photographer. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997 and as a member of the Hollies in 2010. Nash initially met both David Crosby and Stephen Stills in 1966 during a Hollies US tour. On a subsequent visit to the US in 1968, he was more formally introduced to Crosby by mutual friend Cass ...

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Trivia Q & A # 20 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 20 –...

Q. Which Italian classical tenor became blind at the age of 12 following a football accident? A. Andrea Bocelli born 22 September 1958) is an Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer. David Foster, a record producer, often describes Bocelli's voice as the most beautiful in the world. Following a soccer accident, Bocelli was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, becoming completely blind at age 12. Since 1982, Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 90 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. In 1992, Italian rock star Zucchero held auditions for tenors to make a demo tape of his song "Miserere", to send to Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. After hearing Bocelli on tape, Pavarotti urged Zucchero to use Bocelli instead of him. Zucchero eventually ...

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Trivia Q & A # 19 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 19 –...

Q. Who was nicknamed ‘The Big O’? A. Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. The combination led many critics to describe his music as operatic, nicknaming him "the Caruso of Rock" and "the Big O". While most male rock-and-roll performers in the 1950s and 1960s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison's songs instead conveyed vulnerability. During performances, he was known for standing still and solitary and for wearing black clothes to match his dyed jet-black hair and dark sunglasses; all of this lent an air of mystery to his persona. Born in Texas, Orbison began singing in a rockabilly and country-and-western band in high school. He was signed by Sam Phillips, of Sun Records, in 1956, but his greatest success came with Monument Records. From ...

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