Question Of The Week 2018

21 May 2018 - Who first took the song "Unchained Melody" to the top of the charts?

Les Baxter. Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret, Baxter’s version of "Unchained Melody" hit the number one spot in the USA in 1955. Many other artists have scored top 10 hits with the song, including Al Hibbler, Jimmy Young (UK), Roy Hamilton, and, with the most popular version of the song, the Righteous Brothers.

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14 May 2018 - What popular rap artist was born Shawn Carter?

Jay-Z. From Brooklyn, New York, Jay-Z started his own label (Roc-A-Fella Records) before releasing his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" in 1996. Many platinum selling albums followed, including "Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life", "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse", "The Black Album" and "Collision Course" (with Linkin Park). Popular song releases include "Can't Knock The Hustle", "Feelin' It", "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)", "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)", "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)", "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder". In late 2004, Jay-Z became president of Def Jam Records.

7 May 2018 - Who originally wrote and recorded the 2006 song "Somebody's Watching Me" by Beatfreakz?

"Somebody's Watching Me" was originally written and recorded by Rockwell (born Kennedy Gordy) in 1983. The song reached the top 10 in both the USA and UK and featured Michael Jackson on backing vocals. Rockwell is the son of Berry Gordy Jr, the founder of Motown Records. The version of the song by the Dutch trio Beatfreakz reached the UK top 10 in May 2006.

30 April 2018 - What Seattle group was originally named after professional basketball player Mookie Blaylock?

Pearl Jam. The group began recording as Mookie Blaylock in 1990, changing their name to Pearl Jam during recording sessions for their 1991 debut album "Ten" (named after Mookie Blaylock’s jersey number). The original group included Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Dave Krusen. Pearl Jam has released many popular albums and singles, including the songs "Jeremy", "Tremor Christ", "I Got Id", "Who You Are", "Given To Fly", "Last Kiss" and "World Wide Suicide".

23 April 2018 - Who originally recorded the 1990 Tesla song "Signs"?

Five Man Electrical Band. The Canadian group consisted of Les Emmerson, Ted Gerow, Mike Belanger, Rick Belanger and Brian Rading. “Signs” was written by Les Emmerson and released in 1970. The Five Man Electrical Band version of “Signs” became an international hit in 1971. The group had another major hit that same year with the song “Absolutely Right”. The band originally began recording as the Staccatos in 1965. The Staccatos had a Canadian hit with the song “Half Past Midnight” in 1967.

16 April 2018 - Who does "Who Let The Dogs Out" from 2000?

The Baha Men. From their 2000 album "Who Let The Dogs Out", the song was written by Anslem Douglas and became an international smash that same year. Originally known as High Voltage, the Baha Men were formed in the Bahamas in the early 1980s by Isaiah Taylor, Herschel Small and Jeffrey Chea. Prior to "Who Let The Dogs Out", the group was extremely popular at home in the Bahamas and in Japan. Popular song releases include "Back To The Island", "Oh Father", "Dancing In The Moonlight" and "That’s The Way I Get Down".

9 April 2018 - Ed King scored top 10 hits as a member of what two groups?

Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd. From California, USA, Ed King was guitarist for Strawberry Alarm Clock when the group had an international top 10 hit in 1967 with the song "Incense & Peppermints". The band had a follow-up top forty hit with the 1967 song "Tomorrow". In late 1972, King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd as their bassist, switching to guitar shortly afterwards. The group had a top 10 hit in 1974 with the song "Sweet Home Alabama". Other popular releases by Lynyrd Skynyrd include "Simple Man", "Free Bird", "Saturday Night Special" and "What’s Your Name".

2 April 2018 - Who does "As The Years Go By" from 1970?

Mashmakhan. "As The Years Go By" was written by group member Pierre Senecal and became an international hit that same year. The band consisted of Rayburn Blake, Brian Edwards, Jerry Mercer and Pierre Senecal. From Canada, Mashmakhan became extremely popular in Japan after the release of the song. Other singles released by the group included "Gladwin", "Days When We Are Free" and "Start All Over". After the break up of the band in the early seventies, Jerry Mercer became a member of April Wine.

26 March 2018 - Who does "Seasons In The Sun" from 1973?

Terry Jacks. Released as a single in 1973, the song was written by Jacques Brel and Rod McKuen and became an international hit in 1974. "Seasons In The Sun" was originally recorded by the Kingston Trio in 1963. Prior to gaining fame as a solo recording artist, Jacks had been a member of the Poppy Family with his wife Susan Jacks. The Poppy Family scored international hits in 1970 with the songs "Which Way You Goin’ Billy?" and "That’s Where I Went Wrong".

19 March 2018 - Who had a top ten hit with the 1987 song "Respect Yourself"?

Bruce Willis. From the actor’s 1987 debut album "The Return Of Bruno", the song was written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice and reached the top ten that same year. "Respect Yourself" was originally recorded by the Staple Singers, their version hitting the top forty in 1971. Bruce Willis released his second album, "If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger", in 1989.

12 March 2018 - What English rock band took their name from a 1950 song by Muddy Waters?

The Rolling Stones. In early 1962 the group's line-up included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones; it was around this time that Jones suggested the band name itself after the Muddy Waters song "Rollin’ Stone". The Stones completed their line-up with the addition of Bill Wyman (later in 1962) and Charlie Watts (January 1963). This line-up remained intact until the departure of Brian Jones in June 1969 (died 3 July 1969). Jones was replaced by ex-John Mayall guitarist Mick Taylor. Taylor left in 1975 and was replaced by former Faces member Ron Wood. The Stones were responsible for many classic songs including "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction", "Get Off Of My Cloud", "Paint It, Black", "Honky Tonk Women" and "Angie". Most songs were written by the song writing duo of Jagger and Richards, nicknamed the Glimmer Twins. Dick Taylor, an early member of the Rolling Stones, was a founding member of the British group the Pretty Things in 1963.

5 March 2018 - What popular rock frontman was born Steven Tallarico?

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Steven Tallarico began his recording career in New Hampshire, USA as a member of Chain Reaction, which released the songs "The Sun" and "When I Needed You" in 1966. In 1972 Tallarico changed his name to Steven Tyler, and along with the other members of Aerosmith – Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer – the group was signed to Columbia Records. They released their self-titled debut in early 1973, followed by the single "Dream On" later that same year. The single did not reach the top 40, but when it was re-released in 1976, "Dream On" peaked in the top 10. Aerosmith has released many popular albums and singles over the years, including the songs "Sweet Emotion", "Walk This Way", "Angel", "Love In An Elevator", "Cryin’" and "I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing".

26 February 2018 - Who originally wrote and recorded the 1999 song "Last Kiss" by Pearl Jam?

"Last Kiss" was originally written and recorded by Wayne Cochran in 1961. The song was first taken to the top 10 in Canada and the USA by J Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers in 1964. "Last Kiss" climbed the charts again in both Canada and the USA when the Canadian group Wednesday had their biggest hit with their 1973 version of the song.

19 February 2018 - Who had a number one hit with the 1960 song "Stay"?

Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs. "Stay" was written by Maurice Williams and went to number one in the USA in late 1960. In 1964 the 4 Seasons had a top 40 hit with their version of the song, followed by Jackson Browne in 1978.

12 February 2018 - This group originally began recording as Kara’s Flowers in 1997. Who did they become?

Maroon 5. Kara’s Flowers consisted of Jesse Carmichael, Ryan Dusick, Adam Levine and Mickey Madden. They released the album "The Fourth World" in 1997. A few years later, the group added a fifth member, James Valentine, and changed their name to Maroon 5. Their first album was "Songs About Jane", released in June 2002. The album yielded the popular singles "Harder To Breathe", "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved".

5 February 2018 - Who are the two members of Gnarls Barkley?

Cee-Lo (AKA Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) and Danger Mouse (AKA Brian Burton). Prior to Gnarls Barkley, Cee-Lo was a solo rap artist and former member of the Goodie Mob (US top 40 song "Cell Therapy" in 1995). Producer Danger Mouse produced the 2005 Gorillaz album "Demon Days". The duo’s first song release as Gnarls Barkley was "Crazy", which hit number one on the UK charts in April 2006.

29 January 2018 - Who does "Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man" from 1968?

The Bob Seger System. "Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man" was written by singer/songwriter/guitarist Bob Seger and appeared on the first of three albums released by the Bob Seger System. The song became Seger’s first top 40 hit. The 1976 album "Night Moves" was recorded with Seger’s backing group The Silver Bullet Band (Drew Abbott, Chris Campbell, Charlie Martin, Alto Reed, Robyn Robbins). The album featured the songs "Night Moves", "Mainstreet" and "Rock & Roll Never Forgets". Other popular song releases since "Night Moves" include "Against The Wind", "Shame On The Moon", "Like A Rock" and "Shakedown". Bob Seger is featured on the 3 Doors Down single "Landing In London".

22 January 2018 - Who does "Rapture" from 1980?

Blondie. "Rapture" was written by group members Deborah Harry and Chris Stein and became an international hit in early 1981. Formed in New York City, the other members of Blondie consisted of Frank Infante, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison and Clem Burke. Other popular song releases include "Heart Of Glass", "One Way Or Another", "Call Me" and "The Tide Is High". A mix of the songs "Rapture" and the Doors’ "Riders On The Storm", titled "Rapture Riders", was released in early 2006. Prior to Blondie, Deborah Harry was a member of the group Wind In The Willows.

15 January 2018 - What popular singer/songwriter was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou?

George Michael. The duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed Wham! In the early 1980s and released their first single "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)" in 1982. Many popular singles followed, including "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "Careless Whisper", "Everything She Wants", "Freedom" and "I’m Your Man". When Wham! disbanded in 1986 Michael continued recording as a solo artist. Many more popular singles and albums followed, including the songs "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with Aretha Franklin), "Faith", "Father Figure", "One More Try", "Praying For Time" and "Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me" (live recording with Elton John).

8 January 2018 - Jay Ferguson had US top 40 hit songs as a member of what two groups?

Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne. Jay Ferguson was a member of Spirit when the group had a top 40 hit with "I Got A Line On You" in 1969. From Los Angeles, Spirit consisted of Ferguson, Mark Andes, Ed Cassidy, Randy California and John Locke. Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes left Spirit to form Jo Jo Gunne in 1971. Jo Jo Gunne had a top 40 hit with the 1972 song "Run Run Run". Recording solo, Ferguson scored a top 10 hit with his 1977 song "Thunder Island", and another top 40 hit with the song "Shakedown Cruise" in 1979.

1 January 2018 - What popular rock frontman was born Paul Hewson?

Bono of U2. Bono, the Edge (born David Evans), Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen formed U2 in Dublin, Ireland in 1977. Their first release was the three song EP "Three" in 1979. The EP featured the song "Out Of Control" which hit number one on the Irish charts. Their first album release, "Boy", followed a year later and included the popular song "I Will Follow". U2 has released many popular albums and singles over the years, including the songs "New Year’s Day", "Pride (In The Name Of Love)", "With Or Without You", "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For", "Desire", "One" and "Vertigo". U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and the same original band members continue to tour and record to this day.