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Trivia Q & A # 6 – 2015

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Q.  What was Bryan Adams first song to make the charts? A.  Let Me Take You Dancing - a disco hit! 'Let Me Take You Dancing'  is notable for being Adams' first solo single and his first ever release as a solo artist when he was  just 18.   Released November 6, 1978. A disco influenced pop song in its original mix, the popular remixed version of the song is even more disco-oriented. It was one of the first songs that Adams and Jim Vallance wrote together and was based on a rag-time piano riff that Vallance had written.  Although the single experienced some minor radio success, respected remixer John Luongo was recruited to remix the song to make it sound like a proper disco track ready for release in the USA.  The song went to number twenty-two on the disco chart. Luongo chose to increase the tempo of the song, but there was no time ...

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Trivia Q & A # 5 – 2015

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Q.  Which now famous actress & TV star was in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" video? A.  Courteney Cox Long before ‘Friends’ was even a thought, a young fresh-faced model named Courteney Cox shot to fame as the wide-eyed woman pulled up onstage to dance during Bruce Springsteen‘s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ video. The clip became so iconic that everyone wanted to cast the fledgling actress, but her early choices with the ‘Misfits of Science’ TV series and films like ‘Masters of the Universe’ and ‘Cocoon: The Return’ didn’t exactly pan out. She caught a big break playing Alex’s girlfriend on TV’s ‘Family Ties’ before finally seeing her career take off with ‘Friends,’ a full decade after her ‘Dancing in the Dark’ appearance.

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Trivia Q & A # 4 – 2015

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Q.  What famous singing couple started out as back up singers for many Phil Spector produced hit songs? A.  Sonny & Cher Cherilyn Sarkisian first met Salvatore Bono in a Los Angeles coffee shop in November 1962, when she was sixteen. The older Bono (11 years her senior) was working for record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. The two became best friends, eventual lovers, and were supposedly married in 1964, but Bono says in his autobiography that it was not an official marriage (they actually were legally wed after Chastity was born). Through Bono, Cher started as a session singer, and sang backup on several of Spector’s classic recordings, including "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers and Darlene Love's "A Fine, Fine Boy". In the composition by Darlene Love, the listener can clearly hear Cher and Sonny close to the mic (along with Love, who recorded her own backing vocals)

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Trivia Q & A # 2 – 2015

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Q.  Who wrote The Bangles hit song 'Manic Monday'? A.  Prince Prince wrote "Manic Monday" in 1984, and recorded it as a duet for the band Apollonia 6's self-titled album; however, he eventually pulled the song. Two years later, he offered the single to The Bangles under the pseudonym "Christopher", a character he played in the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon.[6] It was rumored by various writers that after Prince listened to the band's 1984 debut album All Over the Place, he gave the song to Bangles lead singer Susanna Hoffs, so that in return she would sleep with him. Bangles guitarist Vicki Peterson explained in an interview with MTV UK in 1989 about why Prince gave them the song: "[Prince] really liked our first album. He liked the song 'Hero Takes a Fall', which is a great compliment, because we liked his music. He contacted us, and said, 'I've got a couple of songs for you. I'd like to know if you're ...

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Trivia Q & A # 1 – 2015

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Q.  What famous actor & good 'friend' was in an Alanis Morisette video? A.  Matt Leblanc "Walk Away" is a pop-dance song co-written by Alanis Morissette, Leslie Howe, Louise Reny and Frank Levin, and produced by Howe for Morissette's debut album, Alanis (1991). Howe and Klovan funded an expensive promotional video for the song that was filmed in Paris, France; it featured Morissette playing in a fountain near the Eiffel Tower. In 1988 Howe sent the video to Alexander, who was impressed by it and subsequently helped secure publishing and record deals for Morissette. Its protagonist sends a warning to her boyfriend who "never think[s] twice before [he] break all the rules", telling him "I'll walk away and say good bye if you don't want me anymore ... if I don't get the love we had before". It was released to radio and television as the album's second single in 1991 (see 1991 ...

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Trivia Q & A # 50 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 50 2014

Q.  What rock band has the longest running fan club? A.  Queen The Official International Queen Fan Club is the official fan club for the rock band Queen. Based in London, it was officially founded in February 1974 by Pat and Sue Johnstone after the release of the band's first album. At one stage, the world-wide membership of the club reached 20,000 people. Magazines are put out quarterly, contain information on the band, offer band merchandise, and feature a letter to the club members by one band member. In the late 1980s, the club started to put on annual conventions at different venues in England and these get-togethers are still continuing to this day. According to Guinness World Records, the club is the "Longest-Running Rock Group Fan Club" in the world

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Trivia Q & A 49 2015

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Trivia Q & A 49 2015

Q.  What band was first choice for the music of the Disney movie 'Lion King'? A.  Abba Lyricist Tim Rice, who was working with composer Alan Menken on songs for Aladdin, was invited to write the songs, and accepted on the condition of finding a composing partner. As Menken was unavailable, the producers accepted Rice's suggestion of Elton John,after Rice's invitation of ABBA fell through due to Benny Andersson being busy with the musical Kristina från Duvemåla. John expressed an interest in writing "ultra-pop songs that kids would like; then adults can go and see those movies and get just as much pleasure out of them", mentioning a possible influence of The Jungle Book, where he felt the "music was so funny and appealed to kids and adults". Other interesting facts about Lion King soundtrack: A few weeks before the film opened, Elton John was given a special screening. Noticing that the film's love song had been left out, he successfully lobbied to have the song put back ...

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Trivia Q & A 48 2015

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Q.  What band  refused to open for Kiss? A.  Skid Row in 1996. Skid Row initially formed in the mid 1980s with lead singer Matt Fallon. They began playing at various New Jersey clubs. Fallon would soon leave the band in 1987, leaving Skid Row without a singer. Sebastian Bach (real name Sebastian Philip Bierk of  Peterborough Ontario) was spotted singing at rock photographer Mark Weiss's wedding at the age of 18, and the members asked him to join in early 1987. Bach was eventually fired when he booked a show where Skid Row would have opened for KISS in 1996. Other band members told Bach that Skid Row was too big to be an opening act and that they were not going to do the show. Bach then left a message on a bandmate's answering machine telling him that you are never too big to open up for KISS, and subsequently left the band. Ironically enough, four years later, ...

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Trivia Q & A # 47 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 47 2014

Q.  When was the phrase "Elvis has left the building" first used? A.   Horace Lee Logan or Frank Page on December 15, 1956 The phrase was first used by promoter Horace Lee Logan  - other claim it is the voice of radio DJ Frank Page.  Which ever one it was, it was on December 15, 1956, near Shreveport, Louisiana, to plead with concert-goers not to leave a concert hall to try to see Elvis outside, as he had already left, and instead remain to see the other acts on the bill. The full quotation was: "Alright, alright, Elvis has left the building. I've told you absolutely straight up to this point, you know that he has left the building; he left the stage and went out the back with the policeman and he is now gone from the building. Throughout the 1970s, the phrase was captured on record several times, spoken by Al Dvorin. In later years ...

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Trivia Q & A # 46 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 46 2014

Q. Who designed The Rolling Stones tongue logo? A.  John Pasche Pasche designed the "Tongue and Lip Design" logo in 1971, which was originally reproduced on the Sticky Fingers album. In August 2008, the design was voted the greatest band logo of all time in an online poll. In what was perhaps one of the first cases of rock brand marketing, Jagger reportedly approached the Royal College of Art in 1969 looking to commission images for the band. Pasche designed the logo and ended up working for the Stones from 1970 to 1974. “Face to face with him ( Mick Jagger), the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth,” Pasche said.  He also designed posters for many Rolling Stones tours, namely the European tours of 1970 and 1973, and the American tour of 1972. He made a promotional sticker for Goats Head Soup (the image being an actual pot of ...

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