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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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Trivia Q & A # 37 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 37 –...

Q. What was the first song Paul McCartney wrote? A. "I Lost My Little Girl" is the first song Paul McCartney ever wrote. He was 14 years old when he penned it, and the year was 1956. He wrote it using a Framus Zenith model 17 acoustic guitar that he kept throughout his life. The song wasn't officially released until 1991, after McCartney performed it for MTV Unplugged. There's also a rehearsal version of it sung by John Lennon during the Beatles Get Back Sessions.

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Trivia Q & A # 36 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 36 –...

Q. What song came to be after wearing yellow suits for Magic! A. DANCE MONKEY. Magic! frontman Nasri Atweh admitted to Rolling Stone that after "Rude" became a hit, he grew tired of singing it. "I started to feel like a dancing monkey," he said. "I'm definitely a good sport. I had fun singing 'Rude' every time. But when you do it so many times in a row every day you start to feel that way. Especially as creative beings." Combined with wearing a yellow suit when they performing on Dick Clark's Rocking New Years Eve show. The experience ended up inspiring "Dance Monkey."

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Trivia Q & A # 35 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 35 –...

A. How did the Nirvana song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" come to be? Q. Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer of the group Bikini Kill, gave Cobain the idea for the title when she spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his bedroom wall after a night of drinking and spraying graffiti around the Seattle area. In his pre-Courtney Love days, Cobain went out with Bikini Kill lead singer Tobi Vail, but she dumped him. Vail wore Teen Spirit deodorant, and Hanna was implying that Cobain was marked with her scent. Cobain didn't know it when he wrote the song, but Teen Spirit is a brand of deodorant marketed to young girls. Kurt thought Hanna was complimenting him on his rebellious spirit, as someone who could inspire youth. Sales of Teen Spirit deodorant shot up when this became a hit, even though it is never mentioned in the lyrics.

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Trivia Q & A # 34 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 34 –...

Q. What was the inspiration for the Johnny Cash hit "A Boy Named Sue"? A. This was written by the multi-talented Shel Silverstein, who later wrote several hits for Dr. Hook, including "Sylvia's Mother" and "Cover Of The Rolling Stone." Silverstein also wrote several popular children's books. He got the idea for the song from his friend Jean Shepherd - a guy who had to deal with a girly name. Shepherd was a writer/humorist like Silverstein; he narrated the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, which is based on his writings. Shel sang his song 'Boy Named Sue,' and Johnny's wife June Carter thought it was a great song for Johnny Cash to perform. And not too long after that they were headed off to San Quentin to record a record - Live At San Quentin - and June said, 'Why don't you bring that Shel song with you.' And so ...

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Trivia Q & A # 33 – 2019

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Trivia Q & A # 33 –...

Q. What is the song "House Of The Rising Sun" about? A. Historians have not been able to definitively identify The House Of The Rising Sun, but here are the two most popular theories: 1) The song is about a brothel in New Orleans. "The House Of The Rising Sun" was named after its occupant Madame Marianne LeSoleil Levant (which means "Rising Sun" in French) and was open for business from 1862 (occupation by Union troops) until 1874, when it was closed due to complaints by neighbors. It was located at 826-830 St. Louis St. 2) It's about a women's prison in New Orleans called the Orleans Parish women's prison, which had an entrance gate adorned with rising sun artwork. This would explain the "ball and chain" lyrics in the song. The melody is a traditional English ballad, but the song became popular as an African-American folk song. It was recorded by ...

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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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