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TRIVIA Q & A # 48 – 2019

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TRIVIA Q & A # 48 –...

Q. How many verses did Leonard Cohen write for his song "Hallelujah"? A. Cohen started work on this song five years prior to recording it on his 1984 Various Positions album, by which time he had 80 verses to choose from - he picked the best four. When Cohen performed the song in concert, he often included some of the other verses he wrote, which made their way into various renditions of the song. John Cale, who founded The Velvet Underground, recorded this song for the 1991 Leonard Cohen tribute album I'm Your Fan, and also included it on his 1992 solo album Fragments Of A Rainy Season. Jeff Buckley started covering the song after hearing Cale's version. Cale shaped his own interpretation after Cohen faxed him 15 pages of lyrics for the song, claiming that he "went through and just picked out the cheeky verses." Cale's version also appears in the ...

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Trivia Q & A # 47 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 47 –...

Q. Which Beatles movie was nominated for Oscars? A. "A Hard Day's Night" was the title song to The Beatles' first movie, which was surprisingly good: it was nominated for two Oscars. At the time, a lot of movies were made starring musicians, but most were showcases for the singers and not very good (think Elvis movies). A Hard Day's Night was a surprise because it actually had cinematic value. It even sold well when it was released on DVD many years later - and still does. The title was taken from an expression Ringo used to say. In a 1964 interview with DJ Dave Hull, Ringo explained: "We went to do a job, and we'd worked all day and we happened to work all night. I came up still thinking it was day I suppose, and I said, 'It's been a hard day...' and I looked around and saw ...

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Trivia Q & A # 46 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 46 –...

Q. What Rolling Stones song was one of the first to be used in a major marketing campaign? A."Start Me Up" - Microsoft paid $10 million to use this for their Windows '95 advertising campaign. Although it became common practice in years to come, this was one of the first times a hit song was used in a major marketing campaign. The Stones first recorded this at the Some Girls sessions in 1977. After the first two takes, they recorded it with a reggae beat a bunch of times, but didn't like the result. They put it away until four years later, when they needed a song for Tattoo You (1981). They went back to the second take and reworked it for the album. Ford used this in ads that started just after midnight on January 1, 2003. It was part of a campaign to reintroduce their cars to the American public, ...

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Trivia Q & A # 45 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 45 –...

Q. What Julia Roberts movie was titled after a Roy Orbison song? A. PRETTY WOMAN - This was used in the 1990 movie of the same name starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. When the film was shot, its working title was 3000; the song was added later and became the title. Other movies that have used this song include Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Au Pair (1999). Roy Orbison was writing with his songwriting partner Bill Dees at his house when he told Dees to get started writing by playing anything that came to mind. Orbison's wife Claudette came in and said she was going to go into town to buy something. Orbison asked if she needed any money, and Dees cracked, "Pretty woman never needs any money." Inspired, Orbison started singing, "Pretty woman walking down the street." Bill Dees recalls in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and ...

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Trivia Q & A # 44 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 44 –...

Q. What famous Canadian singer/poet inspired Bob Seger's hit song "Beautiful Loser" A. This song is about people who set their goals so low, they never achieve anything. It is not about Seger personally. He told Creem magazine in a 1986 interview: "A lot of people think I wrote 'Beautiful Loser' about myself. I got the idea for that song from a book of Leonard Cohen poetry by the same name. The song was about underachievers in general. I very rarely write about myself that much. I draw on my own experiences like anyone else, but I'm not what you'd call auteuristic. I'm not like my songs at all. I'm a lot more up person than what I write." Seger took almost a year to write this. He played around with many different arrangements of the song until he got it right. In a 1994 interview with Music Connection, he ...

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Trivia Q & A # 43 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 43 –...

Q. How did Macklemore and Ryan Lewis meet? A. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is an American hip hop duo, formed in 2008, from Seattle, Washington. The duo is composed of Ben Haggerty, a rapper who goes by the stage name of Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis, a record producer, DJ, and professional photographer, who met the former at a photo shoot and they have significantly collaborated ever since. Lewis started working as Macklemore's photographer, but it wasn't long before they started making music together, with Lewis taking on the producing, mixing, and engineering responsibilities. Ben Haggerty made his debut as Professor Macklemore in 2000 with the EP Open Your Eyes but would later drop the "Professor" in time for his full-length debut with The Language of My World in 2005. The duo's claim to fame was the surprise chart-topping hit "Thrift Shop," the fifth single from their debut album, The Heist ...

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Trivia Q & A # 41 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 41 –...

Q. Who is the David Gilmour song "A Boat Lies Waiting" a tribute to? A. The lyrics are a tribute to Gilmour's Pink Floyd bandmate and keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. "(My wife) Polly (Samson) wrote those words which sort of bring Rick to mind really," said Gilmour. This features backing vocals by both Graham Nash and David Crosby. The CSN legends also sang on the title track of Gilmour's previous album 2006's On An Island. The song opens with a recording of Rick Wright talking about death: It's like going into the sea There's nothing Gilmour told Mojo magazine: "The rolling piano was a bit like waves, and Rick's big thing was sailing. He practically lived on his boat, sailing across the Atlantic. He was an old salt by nature."

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Trivia Q & A # 40 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 40 –...

Q.  What band did comedian Soupy Sales two sons play in? A. Tin Machine were a British-American hard rock supergroup formed in 1988, notable for being fronted by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The band consisted of Bowie on lead vocals, sax, and guitar; Reeves Gabrels on guitar and vocals; Tony Fox Sales on bass and vocals; and Hunt Sales on drums and vocals. Tony and Hunt are the sons of American comedian Soupy Sales. Drummer Hunt Sales said that the band's name "reflects the sound of the band," and Bowie stated that he and his band members joined up "to make the kind of music that we enjoyed listening to" and to rejuvenate himself artistically. The band recorded two studio albums and one live album before dissolving in 1992, after which Bowie returned to his solo career. By the end of 2012, they had reportedly sold two million albums.[3] Bowie would ...

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Trivia Q & A # 39 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 39 –...

Q. How did the Swedish band Roxette become popular in North America? A. Roxette became international superstars when their single "The Look" gained traction on US radio where it became their first #1 hit. An American exchange student from Minneapolis brought the song back home to his local radio station. The program director had a hunch the song would blow up and started sending copies of the tape to stations across the country. Known for their #1 hits "The Look," "Joyride," "It Must Have Been Love," and "Listen To Your Heart," Roxette is one of the most successful Swedish acts of all time, second only to ABBA. Since their inception in 1986, the duo has sold over 60 million records worldwide. Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle were already established performers in their native Sweden by the time they formed Roxette. Gessle was the lead singer of the popular band Gyllene Tider ...

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Trivia Q & A # 38 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 38 –...

Q. What movie inspired Bill Withers to write "Ain't No Sunshine" A. Days of Wine And Roses - In an interview, Bill Withers explained how "Ain't No Sunshine" came about: "I was watching a movie called Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) with Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon. They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. It's like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you. It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of." This was Withers' first hit. After spending nine years in the US Navy, he had a job at a factory making parts for airplanes when he was introduced to Booker T. Jones from Booker T. & the MG's. Booker was an elite session musician with Stax Records, where Otis ...

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