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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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Trivia Q & A 45 2014

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Trivia Q & A 45 2014

Q. What famous actor has also composed sountrack scores for movies such as Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and True Crime? A. Clint Eastwood Eastwood favors jazz (especially bebop), blues, classic rhythm and blues, classical, and country-and-western music; his favorite musicians include saxophonists Charlie Parker and Lester Young, pianists Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, and Fats Waller, and Delta bluesman Robert Johnson. He is also a pianist and composer. Jazz has played an important role in Eastwood's life from a young age and, although he never made it as a professional musician, he passed on the influence to his son Kyle Eastwood, a successful jazz bassist and composer. Eastwood developed as a boogie-woogie pianist early on and had originally intended to pursue a career in music by studying for a music theory degree after graduating from high school. In late 1959 he produced the album Cowboy Favorites, released on the Cameo label. Eastwood has his own Warner Bros. Records-distributed imprint Malpaso Records, as part of his deal with Warner Brothers, ...

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Trivia Q & A # 44 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 44 2014

Q.  Who was the first band to have an album advertised on a billboard? A.  The Doors The Doors were the first band to have an album advertised on a billboard.  Elektra Records paid $1500 to promote their first album on L.A.'s Sunset Strip in 1966 -67. Other little know facts about The Doors... ... Morrison was in two movies - Hwy and A Feast of Friends. They were only shown in public a few times and have never been officially released. ... They got their first club gig when a bunch of their friends came by to cheer them on at an audition at a club called London Fog in L.A. The manager figured they were popular and gave them the gig, but very few people showed up. ... The Doors made their international television debut in May 1967, recording a version of "The End" for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) at O'Keefe Centre in ...

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Trivia Q & A # 43 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 43 2014

Q.  What was The Eagles claim to fame before they were The Eagles? A.  Founding members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon toured for 2 months as the backing group for Ronstadt before forming The Eagles. The Eagles began in early 1971, when Linda Ronstadt and then-manager John Boylan recruited session musicians Glenn Frey and Don Henley. Henley had moved to Los Angeles from Texas with his band Shiloh (produced by Kenny Rogers), and Frey had come from Royal Oak Michigan and formed Longbranch Pennywhistle; they had met in 1970 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles and became acquainted through their mutual record label, Amos Records. Randy Meisner, who had been working with Ricky Nelson's backing band, the Stone Canyon Band, and Bernie Leadon, a veteran of The Flying Burrito Brothers, joined Ronstadt's group of performers for her summer tour. The original Eagles played live together only once, backing Ronstadt for a July concert at Disneyland, but all four appeared on her eponymous album.  After the gig with Ronstadt, Henley and ...

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Trivia Q & A # 42 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 42 2014

Q.  What else is the actor who plays Bubbles of Trailer Park Boys known for? A.  Mike Smith is also an accomplished musician. Mike Smith (born August 27, 1972) is a Canadian actor and musician born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and raised in Thorburn. He earned a degree in English from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.He played hockey for the Pictou County Weeks of the Nova Scotia Midget AAA Hockey League when he was in high school.  He is best known for his portrayal of "Bubbles" and co-writer of the ongoing cult classic television program, films and stage production Trailer Park Boys. Smith showed early signs of musical talent. After learning to play the guitar at age seven, many considered him a prodigy Before becoming involved in Trailer Park Boys, he was a guitarist in the rock band Sandbox, and signed a record deal with EMI in Canada, and Nettwerk in the United States. Sandbox released two albums with EMI and Nettwerk, entitled Bionic and A Murder in the Glee Club. ...

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Trivia Q & A # 41 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 41 2014

Q.  Which band's lead singer is called Paul Hewson and lead guitarist is called David Evans? A.  U2 Paul David Hewson known as Bono was born in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, on 10 May 1960. He was raised in the Northside suburb of Finglas with his brother, Norman Robert Hewson (who is eight years older than Bono), by their mother, Iris (née Rankin), a member of the Church of Ireland, and their father, Brendan Robert "Bob" Hewson, a Roman Catholic. His parents initially agreed that the first child would be raised Anglican and the second Catholic. Although Bono was the second child, he also attended Church of Ireland services with his mother and brother. He went to the local primary Glasnevin National School. Bono was 14 when his mother died on 10 September 1974 after suffering a cerebral aneurysm at her father's funeral. Many U2 songs, including "I Will Follow", "Mofo", "Out of Control", "Lemon" and "Tomorrow" focus on the loss of his mother. Bono attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School, a multi ...

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Trivia Q & A # 40 2014

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Trivia Q & A # 40 2014

Q.  Where did 80's synthpop band HEAVEN 17 derive their name from? A.  CLOCKWORK ORANGE - novel by Anthony Burgess - film by Stanley Kuberick Heaven 17 are an English new wave synthpop band originating from Sheffield in the early 1980s. Originally a trio, the band comprised Martyn Ware (keyboards), Ian Craig Marsh (keyboards) (both previously with The Human League) and Glenn Gregory (vocals). Although most of the band's music was recorded in the 1980s, they have occasionally reformed to record and perform since then, playing their first ever live concerts in 1997.  Marsh left the band in 2007 and Ware and Gregory continued to perform as Heaven 17 since then. The band name Heaven 17 is from the Anthony Burgess and the 1973 Kubrick film "Clockwork Orange". There's a scene where Alex goes shopping and picks up two girls at a record shop. "The Heaven Seventeen" is one of the names of the groups in the charts  (#4) displayed on the wall as well as the ...

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