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Trivia Q & A # 28 – 2015

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Q. How did Rush come up with the instrumental song YYZ? A. From luggage tags "YYZ" is an instrumental rock piece by Canadian rock band Rush, from their 1981 album Moving Pictures. Following its initial release, it became one of the band's most popular pieces and has been a staple of the band's live performances. The instrumental has been featured on all live concert video recordings in some form since its release. The live album Exit...Stage Left (1981) and the concert video recording A Show of Hands (1989) both include versions in which Neil Peart incorporates a drum solo. YYZ is the transmitter code for Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Every airport is assigned a unique 3 letter code, and that code is always being transmitted so that pilots can tell, roughly, where they are and verify that their navigational radios are tuned properly. These codes are also written on your luggage ...

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Trivia Q & A # 27 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 27 –...

Q. What was recorded on the first playable vinyl picture disc A.  Adolf Hitler speeches While early picture disc emerged in the 1920's, they were for decorative purposes only.  The First playable picture disc is attributed to none other then Adolf Hitler, who in 1934 released a LP of his speeches on a disc emblazoned with a Godzilla- sized picture of him rising form the middle of a crowded auditorium. Most picutre discs of this era were made of a simple sheet of fairly thin printed cardboard with a very thin plastic coating and their audio quality was substandard. Some were more sturdy and well-made and they equaled or actually surpassed the audio quality of ordinary records, which were still made of a gritty shellac compound that introduced a lot of background noise. In 1933, RCA Victor in the U.S. issued a few typical cardboard-based picture records but was unhappy with their quality and soon ...

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Trivia Q & A # 26 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 26 –...

Q. Who did Keith Richards write the song 'You Got The Silver' for? A. Former partner Anita Pallenburg (and mother of his 3 children), after she allegedly had an affair with Mick Jagger. "You Got the Silver" is a song by English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from their 1969 album Let It Bleed. It was also released as the b-side to the "Let It Bleed" single in Japan. Recorded on 18 February 1969, "You Got the Silver" is the first Stones song to feature guitarist Keith Richards on solo lead vocal throughout (Richards previously sang separate lead vocals on parts of "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" from Between the Buttons and "Salt of the Earth" from Beggars Banquet).[2] One of Richards' own compositions, "You Got the Silver" is said to be written about his then-girlfriend Marcella Ramos. “ Hey babe, you got my soul, You got the silver, you got the ...

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Trivia Q & A # 25 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 25 –...

Q. Who sang 'Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road'? A. Louden Wainwright III One of the most proficient and accomplished singer-songwriters of his time, but his best-known song - and only chart entry - is this novelty hit. Exposure from the song led to his first acting role: a stint as the guitar-playing Captain Spaulding on the M.A.S.H. TV series. Wainwright did a lot more acting later in his career, appearing on the shows Ally McBeal and Undeclared, and in the movies Big Fish and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. This song was inspired by a flattened little stinker on a suburban New York road. When it was released, there were a number of alternative interpretations of the meaning of this song's lyrics ranging from man's destruction of nature to an allegory about president Nixon. When asked about these differing readings by the London Times July 26, 2008, Wainwright replied with open palms: ...

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Trivia Q & A # 24 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 24 –...

Q. Who wrote Manfred Mann's Earth Band's 1977 #1 hit, 'Blinded By The Light'? A. "Blinded by the Light" is a song written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen, although it is mostly known by its 1977 #1 hit version recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Mann's remake was released in the United Kingdom in August 1976, where it reached No. 6. The song came about when Columbia president Clive Davis, upon listening to an early version of Greetings from Asbury Park N.J., felt the album lacked a potential single. Springsteen wrote this and "Spirit in the Night" in response. According to Springsteen, the song came about from going through a rhyming dictionary in search of appropriate words. The first line of the song, "Madman drummers, bummers, and Indians in the summers with a teenage diplomat" is autobiographical—"Madman drummers" is a reference to drummer Vini Lopez, known as "Mad Man" (later changed to ...

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Trivia Q & A # 23 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 23 –...

Q.  Where did the name Max Webster come from? A.  Guitarist and vocalist Kim Mitchell, keyboardist Terry Watkinson, bassist Mike Tilka and drummer Paul Kersey got the name Max Webster out of a phone book.   So the rumour goes.  According to the MAX WEBSTER website ... There has been a lot of speculation as to where the name "Max Webster" came from. It has been widely reported that the band members picked the name out of a phone book, among other incorrect theories. Kim Mitchell finally put the question to rest by reporting the true origins of the name on the message board of his own website. His posting is repeated here: max websters name came from mike tilka the bass player..he was in a band called 'family at macs'..and they did a song called 'webster'....we were looking for a jethro tull type name...a real human name but nobody in the band with that name... In ...

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Trivia Q & A # 22 – 2015

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Q. How did The Eagles get their song 'Take It Easy'? A. Glenn Frey (of The Eagles) was friends with Jackson Browne. Jackson had the song 2/3 completed but couldn't finish it, and Glenn asked Jackson if he could have it. Jackson Browne originally began writing "Take It Easy" in 1971 for his own self-titled debut album but was having difficulty finishing the song. His friend and then-neighbor Glenn Frey heard an early version and liked it so much that Browne gave it to him for his new band. Frey finished the second verse (beginning with, "...such a fine sight to see, it's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford...") and the resulting single climbed to number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Browne told a version of the story in a radio interview, praising Frey: "I knew Glenn Frey from playing these clubs - we kept showing up at the ...

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Trivia Q & A # 21 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 21 –...

Q.  Who is the only female credited with vocals on Pink Floyd's The Wall album? A.  Toni Tennille (of Captain & Tennille fame) Tennille was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, as part of a family of entertainers. Her father, Frank Tennille, who used the pseudonym Clark Randall, was a big band singer with Bob Crosby and the Bobcats and her mother, Cathryn Tennille, was a local television pioneer, being the hostess of Montgomery’s first daytime TV talk show. Tennille's musical sisters, Jane, Louisa, and Melissa, all sang on her variety TV shows, as well as on the Captain & Tennille albums. Tennille began her career studying classical piano at Auburn University and singing with the university's big band, the Auburn Knights. Session singer Jimmy Haas, who is credited with backup vocals on the Wall, set the record straight. He says that while Toni Tennille, the Beach Boys and others originally provided backup ...

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Trivia Q & A # 20 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 20 –...

Q. Where was the band Golden Earring originally from? A. Holland Golden Earring was formed in 1961 in The Hague (Holland) by 13-year-old George Kooymans and his 15-year-old neighbour, Rinus Gerritsen. Originally called The Tornados, the name was changed to The Golden Earrings when they discovered that the name The Tornados was already in use by another group. The name The Golden Earrings was taken from a song called Golden Earring performed by the British group The Hunters, for whom they served as opening and closing act. Initially a pop-rock band with Frans Krassenburg on lead vocals and Jaap Eggermont on drums, The Golden Earrings had their first chart success with their debut single "Please Go", recorded in 1965. It reached number 9 on the music charts in the Netherlands. The following year, the band earned their first number one hit in the Netherlands with the song "Dong Dong Diki Digi Dong." In ...

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Trivia Q & A # 19 – 2015

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Trivia Q & A # 19 –...

Q. How did AC/DC get their name? A. Malcolm and Angus Young developed the idea for the band's name after their sister, Margaret Young, saw the initials "AC/DC" on a sewing machine. "AC/DC" is an abbreviation meaning "alternating current/direct current" electricity. The brothers felt that this name symbolized the band's raw energy, power-driven performances of their music. "AC/DC" is pronounced one letter at a time, though the band are colloquially known as "Acca Dacca" in Australia. The AC/DC band name is stylized with a lightning bolt separating the "AC" and "DC" and has been used on all studio albums, with the exception of the international version of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. The band's logo was designed in 1977 by Gerard Huerta, commissioned by Bob Defrin, the art director at Atlantic Records during the 1970s. It first appeared on the international version of Let There Be Rock.  

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