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Trivia Q & A # 32 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 32 –...

Q. Where did the inspiration for the Devo song 'Whip It' come from? A. Devo got the idea for their "Whip It" video from an article about a guy who owned a dude ranch and charged people to watch him remove his wife's clothes with a bullwhip. Jerry Casale: "We made a video to it for like $15,000 that was shot in our rehearsal studio. We kind of magnified the myth that this was a song about whipping and sadomasochism. We decided to make the video feed that popular misconception and had a lot of fun doing it. It was one of the few times Devo worked like that, usually we would start with a visual idea or story and write music to fit it.

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Trivia Q & A # 31 – 2019

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Q. Which comedian's famous tag line inspired the Marvin Gaye song "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You"? A. It was inspired by the trademark line of Jackie Gleason, "How sweet it is!" as it was said on The Jackie Gleason Show. Gleason was one of the biggest TV stars of the time. The Motown songwriters Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) wrote this song. The Holland-Dozier-Holland team often started songs as ballads, crafting a heartbreaking story and then setting it to upbeat music. This song took a different approach, which they sometimes used: letting the music dictate the song's direction. The result is one of their few hit songs that is utterly joyful in both music and lyrics. This became a #5 hit for James Taylor when he covered it in 1975. It was also recorded by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, whose version hit ...

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Trivia Q & A # 30 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 30 –...

Q. What is the most famous rock song of all time that didn't make in on the charts when it was released originally? A. Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" wasn't a chart hit because it was never released as a single to the general public. Radio stations received promotional singles which quickly became collector's items. Robert Plant spent much of the '70s answering questions about the lyrics he wrote for "Stairway." When asked why the song was so popular, he said it could be its "abstraction," adding, "Depending on what day it is, I still interpret the song a different way - and I wrote the lyrics." The lyrics take some pretty wild turns, but the beginning of the song is about a woman who accumulates money, only to find out the hard way her life had no meaning and will not get her into heaven. This is the only part Plant would ...

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Trivia Q & A # 29 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 29 –...

Q. What song by the Rolling Stones is the only ballad to reach # 1 on the U.S. Charts A. ANGIE. A rare ballad for The Stones, this was the first single released from Goat's Head Soup. It wasn't typical of their sound, since most of the band's material at the time was hard and aggressive. Still, it was a huge hit, and their only ballad that hit #1 in the US. The big rumor about this song is that it was written about David Bowie's wife, Angela, who wrote in her autobiography that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger in bed together - a story Jagger denies. According to the rumor, Jagger wrote this song to appease her, but it was Jagger's bandmate Keith Richards who wrote most of the song. Jagger had this to say about it: "People began to say that song was ...

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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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