31 July 2006
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.
3 July 2006
What did Tony Christie, Sham 69 & The Special Assembly,
Crazy Frog, Embrace and Tonedef Allstars all have in common in June 2006?
All five artists had World Cup 2006 songs in the UK top 40. Tony Christie’s "(Is
This The Way To) The World Cup", Sham 69 & The Special Assembly’s "Hurry Up
England - The People's Anthem", Crazy Frog’s "We Are The Champions (Ding A Dang
Dong)", Embrace’s "World At Your Feet" and Tonedef Allstars’ "Who Do
You Think You Are Kidding Jurgen Klinsmann?" all reached the UK top 40 in June 2006.
Tonedef Allstars consisted of Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters (both members of the 1966 World
Cup winning team from England), Frank Bruno (ex-boxer) and Bill Pertwee (from English TV
show "Dad’s Army").
26 June 2006
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.
19 June 2006
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 Blueprint²:
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
12 June 2006
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.
5 June 2006
Eric Carmen had a US top 10 song as a member of what band?
Raspberries. Eric Carmen was a member of Raspberries when the group had a top 10 hit with
"Go All The Way" in 1972. From Ohio, USA, Raspberries consisted of Eric Carmen,
Wally Bryson, Dave Smalley and Jim Bonfanti. Carmen went solo in 1975, scoring top 10 hits
with the songs "All By Myself", "Hungry Eyes" and "Make Me Lose
29 May 2006
Who is the link between the albums "Dark Side Of The Moon" and "I Robot"?
Alan Parsons. Prior to forming the Alan Parsons Project, Parsons worked at Abbey Road Studios, engineering
the 1973 Pink Floyd album "Dark Side Of The Moon". With Eric Woolfson, Parsons formed the
Alan Parsons Project in London in 1975. Their second album release was "I Robot" from 1977 which
yielded the singles "I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You" and "Don’t Let It Show". Other
popular song releases include "Damned If I Do", "Games People Play", "Eye In The
Sky" and "Don’t Answer Me".
22 May 2006
What was the US number one hit song from the album "Get The Knack"?
"My Sharona" by the Knack. From their debut album, "My Sharona" was written by Doug
Fieger and Berton Averre and hit the number one spot in the summer of 1979. Formed in Los Angeles in 1978,
the Knack consisted of Doug Fieger, Berton Averre, Prescott Niles and Bruce Gary. Other popular song releases
include "Good Girls Don’t", "Baby Talks Dirty" and "Rocket O' Love".
15 May 2006
Jay Ferguson had US top 40 hit songs as a member of what
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.
8 May 2006
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, and with the
exception of Krusen, this line-up is intact today. 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 their most recent release, "World Wide Suicide".
1 May 2006
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.
17 April 2006
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 earlier this year.
Prior to Blondie, Deborah Harry was a member of the group Wind In The Willows.
20 March 2006
Who had a number one hit with the 1958 song "To Know Him,
Is To Love Him"?
The Teddy Bears (Phil Spector, Carol Connors and Marshall Leib). "To Know Him,
Is To Love Him" was written by Phil Spector and went to number one in the USA
and to the UK top 10 in early 1959. Re-titled as "To Know You Is To Love You",
both Bobby Vinton and Peter & Gordon had top 40 hits (USA) with the song. B.B.
King had a top 40 hit with a different version of "To Know You Is To Love You"
in 1973. Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright wrote this version of the song.
13 March 2006
What popular singer/songwriter was born Georgios Kyriacos
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). George Michael is currently
recording songs for a new album that is slated for a late 2006 release.
6 March 2006
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.
27 February 2006
Who first took the song "Unchained Melody" to the top of
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. "Unchained Melody" is currently making its way up the charts again,
this time with a version by Barry Manilow.
20 February 2006
Who first took the song "Thunder In My Heart" to the UK
Leo Sayer. From his 1977 album "Thunder In My Heart", the song was written by
Leo Sayer and Tom Snow and hit the top forty in both the UK and USA that same
year. In early 2006, "Thunder In My Heart Again" by Meck featuring Leo Sayer was
released as a dance remix of his earlier hit and debuted at number one on the UK
charts. Leo Sayer's last number one song in both the UK and USA was "When I Need
You" released in 1976. Other popular song releases include "Long Tall Glasses (I
Can Dance)", "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" and "More Than I Can
13 February 2006
Who had a number one hit with the 1968 song "In The Year
2525 (Exordium & Terminus)"?
Zager & Evans (Denny Zager and Rick Evans). "In The Year 2525 (Exordium &
Terminus)" was written by Rick Evans and originally released as a single on the
Truth label in 1968. When re-released on the RCA label, the song climbed to the
number one spot in both the USA and UK in the summer of 1969. Classified as a
one hit wonder, Zager & Evans did not have any other significant chart entries.
6 February 2006
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". Aerosmith continues to tour
and record to this day.
30 January 2006
New Order scored their first UK top 20 hit song under what
Joy Division. Released in 1980, the critically acclaimed "Love Will Tear Us
Apart" was written by group members Ian Curtis, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook and
Bernard Sumner. The song reached the UK top 20 shortly after the death of lead
singer Ian Curtis (committed suicide on 18 May 1980). The Joy Division album
"Closer" (recorded in March 1980) was released in July 1980 and featured the
songs "Isolation", "Twenty Four Hours", "Heart & Soul"
and "Decades". The three remaining members continued under the name New Order,
adding Gillian Gilbert in late 1980. Bernard Sumner became lead singer for New Order.
23 January 2006
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". Currently, Bob Seger is featured on the 3 Doors Down single "Landing
16 January 2006
Everlast had a US top 10 song as a member of what rap
House Of Pain. Everlast (AKA Erik Schrody) was a member of House Of Pain when
the group had a top 10 hit with "Jump Around" from their 1992 self-titled debut
album. From Los Angeles, House Of Pain consisted of Everlast, Danny Boy (AKA
Daniel O’Connor) and DJ Lethal (AKA Leor DiMant). The trio disbanded after
releasing three albums. Recording solo, Everlast had a top 40 hit with "What
It’s Like" from his 1998 album "Whitey Ford Sings The Blues".
9 January 2006
Who does "Girl You Know It’s True" from the late 1980s?
Milli Vanilli. Milli Vanilli was a German act formed by producer Frank Farian
that featured frontmen Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus. In addition to the single
"Girl You Know It’s True", their debut album (originally released in 1988)
included the popular singles "Baby Don’t Forget My Number", "Girl I’m Gonna Miss
You", "Blame It On The Rain" and "All Or Nothing". Milli Vanilli was
stripped of their 1989 Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1990 when it was discovered that Fabrice
Morvan and Rob Pilatus did not sing on their debut album (actual vocalists were John Davis, Brad
Howell and Charles Shaw). Rob Pilatus died in April 1998.
2 January 2006
Who had a number one hit with the 1958 instrumental
The Champs. From Los Angeles, the group originally consisted of Dave Burgess,
Buddy Bruce, Daniel Flores (AKA Chuck Rio), Cliff Hills and Gene Alden. Later
group members included Jimmy Seals, Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts), and for a
brief period, Glen Campbell. The Champs took their name from Gene Autry’s horse
"Champion". The group had other instrumental hits with the songs "El Rancho
Rock", "Too Much Tequila" and "Limbo Rock". Eddie Platt also took an
instrumental version of "Tequila" to the top 40 in 1958.
26 December 2005
Who are the four members of the Damn Yankees?
Ted Nugent (Amboy Dukes), Tommy Shaw (Styx), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) and
Michael Cartellone. The foursome released two albums, their self-titled debut in
1990 and "Don’t Tread" in 1992. Popular singles from the group include the top
10 hit "High Enough" and the top 40 hit "Where You Goin’ Now". In 1995
Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades teamed up as Shaw Blades to release the album "Hallucination".
19 December 2005
Who does "Take Off" from 1981?
Bob and Doug McKenzie, AKA Canadian comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas from
the TV series "SCTV". "Take Off" was written by Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas,
Jonathan Goldsmith and Marc Giacomelli and became an international hit in early
1982. The song featured Geddy Lee of Rush on vocals and was first released on
the Bob and Doug McKenzie album "Great White North" in 1981. Another popular
song from the album was "Twelve Days Of Christmas". Thomas is the brother of
singer/songwriter Ian Thomas, who had an international hit with the 1973 song "Painted
12 December 2005
What Bing Crosby song is one of the most popular
recordings of all time?
"White Christmas". Written by Irving Berlin, the song first appeared in the 1942
film "Holiday Inn" and hit the top of the charts that same year. Bing Crosby
re-recorded "White Christmas" in 1947, and the new version hit the charts again
repeatedly for many years afterwards. One of the most popular recording artists
of all time, other songs by Bing Crosby include "June In January" (1934),
"Pennies From Heaven" (1936), "Sweet Leilani" (1937), "Only
Forever" (1940), "Swinging On A Star" (1944), "Now Is The Hour"
(1947) and "True Love" (with Grace Kelly) (1956). Bing Crosby and David Bowie
teamed up to record "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy", which was released in
5 December 2005
Who does "You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch" from 1966?
Thurl Ravenscroft. The song first appeared on the soundtrack to the TV film "How
The Grinch Stole Christmas" and was written by Theo Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr Seuss)
and Albert Hague. "You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch" is sometimes mistakenly
credited to Boris Karloff, who is the narrator of the 1966 TV film. Thurl
Ravenscroft was also the voice of "Tony The Tiger" for Kellogg's "Frosted
Flakes" cereal. In the 2000 movie version of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas",
Jim Carrey provides the vocals for "You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch".
28 November 2005
What was the first Johnny Cash song to reach the top 40 on
the pop charts?
"I Walk The Line". Recorded in 1956, "I Walk The Line" was written by Johnny
Cash and hit the top 40 in late 1956. The first chart entry for Cash was also
his first release, "Cry! Cry! Cry!" (backed with "Hey Porter"), which hit the
country top 40 in 1955. During a live performance in 1968, Johnny Cash proposed
to country singer June Carter. The couple married later that same year. The duo
had a top 40 pop hit in 1970 with the song "If I Were A Carpenter". In 1985,
Cash teamed with Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson to form
the Highwaymen, who recorded three albums between 1985 and 1995. Johnny Cash
released many popular songs including "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen", "Don’t Take
Your Guns To Town", "Ring Of Fire", "Folsom Prison Blues" and "A Boy
Named Sue". He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Johnny Cash died on 12 September 2003.
21 November 2005
"Bubbles" of "Trailer Park Boys" had a Canadian hit song
as a member of what band?
Sandbox. Mike Smith, AKA "Bubbles" of "Trailer Park Boys", was a member of
Sandbox when they had a hit song with "Curious" in 1995. From Nova Scotia, the
band consisted of Paul Murray, Scott MacFarlane, Troy Shanks, Mike Smith and
Jason Archibald. The group released two albums, "Bionic" in 1995 and "A Murder
In The Glee Club" in 1997.
14 November 2005
What popular rap artist was born Curtis Jackson?
50 Cent. From Queens, New York, 50 Cent was signed to Columbia Records in 1999
and released the single "How To Rob" shortly afterwards. Before the
scheduled release of his album "Power Of The Dollar", 50 Cent was shot 9 times
in Queens, after which he was dropped from Columbia and the album was not
released. Signed to Eminem and Dr Dre’s Shady/Aftermath label, 50 Cent’s first
album release on his new label was "Get Rich Or Die Tryin’" in early 2003.
Popular single releases include "Wanksta", "21 Questions", "In Da Club" and
"Candy Shop". The 2005 movie "Get Rich Or Die Tryin’" was inspired by the life
story of Curtis Jackson.
7 November 2005
Who is the lead singer on the Python Lee Jackson hit song
"In A Broken Dream"?
Rod Stewart. Stewart joined the Australian group Python Lee Jackson as a session
singer for the recording of "In A Broken Dream". The song became a UK top 20 hit
in late 1972. During the song’s rise to the top 20, Rod Stewart was already a
successful solo recording artist, climbing the charts in 1971 with the
international number one single "Maggie May". Concurrent to his solo recording
career, Stewart was also lead singer for the UK group Faces from 1969 to 1975.
Faces had an international top 20 hit in early 1972 with the song "Stay With
31 October 2005
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".
24 October 2005
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.
17 October 2005
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".
10 October 2005
Who originally wrote and recorded the 1971 Three Dog Night
"Liar" was originally recorded by the British band Argent and released on their
self-titled debut album in 1970. The song was written by Argent member Russ Ballard.
Argent’s most popular release was the international top ten song "Hold Your Head
Up" from 1972.
3 October 2005
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".
26 September 2005
What English rock band took their name from a 1950 song by
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 songwriting duo of Jagger and Richards, nicknamed the Glimmer
Twins. The band is still recording and touring to this day, releasing the album
"A Bigger Bang" in September 2005. Dick Taylor, an early member of the
Rolling Stones, was a founding member of the British group the Pretty Things in 1963.
19 September 2005
Who first took the song "Big Yellow Taxi" to the US top
The Neighborhood. From their 1970 album "Debut", the song hit the top forty that
same year. "Big Yellow Taxi" was originally written and recorded by Joni
Mitchell and released on her 1970 album "Ladies Of The Canyon". This version of
the song did not reach the top 40. It was the live version of "Big Yellow Taxi"
from Mitchell’s 1974 album "Miles Of Aisles" that hit the top forty in early
1975. Amy Grant had a minor hit with her 1994 release of the song. "Big Yellow
Taxi" became popular again when the Counting Crows (featuring Vanessa Carlton)
released their version of the song in 2002.
12 September 2005
What was the origin of the group name ABBA?
The ABBA name is an acronym of the band members’ first names – Agnetha
Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid
Lyngstad (AKA Frida). From Sweden, the pop quartet became internationally
popular and very successful commercially. Most of ABBA's songs were written by
band members Andersson and Ulvaeus. International hits included "Waterloo",
"SOS" (unique in that both the song title and the artist name are palindromes),
"Fernando", "Dancing Queen", "Take A Chance On Me" and "The Winner Takes It
5 September 2005
Who does "Life Is A Highway" from 1991?
Tom Cochrane. From his 1991 album "Mad Mad World", the song was written by
Cochrane and hit the top ten in both Canada and the USA. Other releases from the
album included "No Regrets", "Sinking Like A Sunset" (written by Annette
Ducharme) and "Mad Mad World". Prior to gaining fame as a solo recording artist,
he had been a member of the group Red Rider along with Ken Greer, Rob Baker,
Peter Boynton and Jeff Jones. Very popular in their native Canada, Red Rider
released many popular singles including "Lunatic Fringe", "White Hot", "Young
Thing, Wild Dreams (Rock Me)" and "Big League".
29 August 2005
What star from the 1970s TV series "Starsky & Hutch"
recorded a number one hit in 1976?
David Soul. From 1966 to 1967 he made appearances on "The Merv Griffin Show" as
"The Mystery Singer" AKA "The Covered Man" wearing a hood. Soul eventually
appeared without the hood and shortly after was offered a lead part in the TV
series "Here Come The Brides". In 1975 he landed the role of Hutch in the TV
series "Starsky & Hutch". In 1976 he recorded the number one hit (USA and UK)
"Don’t Give Up On Us" written by Tony Macaulay. Other popular songs by David
Soul include "Silver Lady", "Going In With My Eyes Open" and "Let’s Have A Quiet
22 August 2005
Who had a number one hit with the 1957 song "Get A Job"?
The Silhouettes. Originally released on the Junior label in 1957, "Get A Job"
was written by group members Bill Horton, Richard Lewis, Earl Beal and Ray
Edwards and went to number one in the USA in early 1958. Lyrics from the song
were the inspiration for the group name Sha Na Na, formed in 1969. The Mills
Brothers also had a hit (top forty) with "Get A Job" in 1958.
15 August 2005
What Led Zeppelin song consistently appears in the top 10
of rock radio stations’ "greatest songs of all-time charts" despite never being
released as a single?
"Stairway To Heaven". Led Zeppelin’s most famous recording was written by Jimmy
Page and Robert Plant and released on their 1971 album "Led Zeppelin IV" (AKA
"Untitled"). Formed in England in 1968, Led Zeppelin consisted of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John
Paul Jones and John Bonham. Other popular songs include "Whole Lotta Love", "Black
Dog", "Rock & Roll", "Kashmir" and "Immigrant Song". John Bonham
died on 25 September 1980 and the group disbanded shortly afterwards. Led
Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
8 August 2005
What popular recording artist was the creator of the
solid-body electric guitar as well as a pioneer in multi-track recordings?
Les Paul. Together with his wife Mary Ford, the duo recorded many popular songs
in the fifties. Top 10 hits in the USA included "How High The Moon", "Vaya Con
Dios (May God Be With You)", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise", "Mockin’
Bird Hill" and "Hummingbird". In 1952, after refining the solid-body electric
guitar he originally built in 1941, the first Gibson Les Paul was marketed to
the public. This same model still sells today in large numbers. In the early
fifties Les Paul began overdubbing his guitar work and Mary Ford’s vocals using
an 8-track tape recorder he designed and built himself. Les Paul was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
1 August 2005
What member of a popular 1970s singing group became a TV
series regular on “Family Matters”, “Gimme A Break!” and “Bosom Buddies”?
Telma Hopkins of Dawn (Tony Orlando and Dawn). The other members of Dawn were
Tony Orlando and Joyce Vincent. Dawn recorded a number of songs that charted in
the top 10 in the USA. Among the most popular were "Knock Three Times" (1970)
and "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" (1972), which both reached
number one in the USA and UK. Other top 10 songs by Dawn included "Candida",
"Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" and "He Don’t Love You (Like I Love
25 July 2005
Who are the "A" and "M" in A&M Records?
Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. Using the initials of their last names, the duo
formed the A&M Records label in Los Angeles, California in 1962. The label’s
first release was the single "The Lonely Bull (El Solo Torro)" by the Tijuana
Brass Featuring Herb Alpert in 1962. The song hit the top ten in the USA that
18 July 2005
Who originally wrote and recorded the 2005 Bo Bice
(American Idol season 4 runner-up) version of the song "Vehicle"?
"Vehicle" was originally recorded by the Ides Of March and written by Ides Of
March member Jim Peterik. Released in 1970, their version hit the top 10 in the
USA that same year. From Chicago, Illinois, the Ides
Of March had other popular releases including the songs "You Wouldn’t Listen", "Roller
Coaster" and "L.A. Goodbye". Jim Peterik co-founded the group Survivor in 1978, which
had an international number one hit with the song "Eye Of The Tiger" from "Rocky
III" in 1982.
11 July 2005
What was the theme song for the popular TV series "The
"With A Little Help From My Friends" by Joe Cocker. The song was written by John
Lennon and Paul McCartney and first released by the Beatles in 1967. Joe
Cocker's version was released in 1968 and became a UK top ten hit. Other popular
songs by Joe Cocker include "The Letter" (with Leon Russell and The Shelter
People), "Feelin' Alright", "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong"
(with Jennifer Warnes) from "An Officer and a Gentleman". Lennon and McCartney's
working title of "With A Little Help From My Friends" was "Bad Finger Boogie",
which was later used by the Iveys when they changed their name to Badfinger.
4 July 2005
Who originally wrote and recorded the 2005 Def Leppard
song "No Matter What"?
"No Matter What" was originally recorded by Badfinger and released on their "No
Dice" album in 1970. The song was written by Badfinger member Pete Ham. Badfinger’s version of
"No Matter What" hit the top 10 in both the USA and UK in late 1970 and early 1971
27 June 2005
The four principal members of this hugely popular English
rock band have not played together since the early eighties, but are reforming
to play Live 8 in London’s Hyde Park on 2 July 2005. Who are they?
Pink Floyd. Roger Waters is joining David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright
for the first time since touring for "The Wall" album in the early eighties. The
foursome was responsible for such classic albums as "The Dark Side Of The Moon",
"Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall". The first Pink Floyd singles and "The Piper
At The Gates Of Dawn" album featured founding member Syd Barrett, who was
replaced by David Gilmour in 1968.
20 June 2005
What singer played Eddie in the 1975 movie "The Rocky
Horror Picture Show"?
Meat Loaf. Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, Meat Loaf also recorded one
song for the movie soundtrack, "Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul". In 1976, Meat
Loaf was featured on lead vocals on the Ted Nugent album "Free-For-All".
Collaborating with songwriter Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf released the popular
albums "Bat Out Of Hell" (1977) and "Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell" (1993).
Popular song releases include "Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad", "Paradise By The
Dashboard Light", "I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)" and "I’d Lie
For You (And That’s The Truth)".
13 June 2005
What was the first ringtone to cross over into the UK
singles chart and debut at number one?
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog. The hugely popular 2004 ringtone was released in Europe
as a single in May 2005 and went straight to number one on the UK singles chart.
The German dance group the Bass Bumpers assumed the band name Crazy Frog for the
single’s release. "Axel F" was originally written and recorded by German
keyboardist/songwriter Harold Faltermeyer and released on the soundtrack to
"Beverly Hills Cop" (starring Eddie Murphy who played Axel Foley). Faltermeyer’s
instrumental version went to the top five in both the USA and UK in 1985.
6 June 2005
Who originally recorded the 1995 hit song "Total Eclipse
Of The Heart" by Nicki French?
"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" was originally recorded by UK artist Bonnie Tyler
and written by Jim Steinman. Released in 1983, the song hit number one in both
the UK and USA that same year. Other popular releases by Bonnie Tyler include
"Lost In France", "It’s A Heartache", "Here She Comes" (from the 1984 re-release
of the movie "Metropolis") and "Holding Out For A Hero" (from the 1984 movie
"Footloose"). Her raspy vocals are the result of an operation in 1976 to remove
throat nodules. Nicki French’s version of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" hit the
top five in both the UK and USA in 1995.
30 May 2005
This former member of the group People is considered a
founding father of Christian rock. Who is he?
Larry Norman. People scored a top 20 hit (in the USA) in 1968 with the song "I
Love You", originally performed by the Zombies and written by group member Chris
White. Larry Norman has released many Christian rock albums, such as the
influential albums "Upon This Rock" (1969) and "Only Visiting This Planet"
(1972), which included the songs "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" and "Reader's
23 May 2005
What country music artist discovered at the age of 11 that
his father was a Major League Baseball star playing with the Philadelphia
Tim McGraw. His father, Tug McGraw, had a 19-year career in Major League
Baseball, first with the New York Mets and then with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Tim McGraw has released many popular albums and songs. His first major hit was
with the song "Indian Outlaw" in 1994, it was followed by other hit singles
including "Don’t Take The Girl", "I Like It, I Love It", "Live Like You Were
Dying" and "Over And Over" (duet with Nelly). Tim McGraw is married to country
star Faith Hill.
16 May 2005
What music video featured future "Friends" star Courteney
Cox as a fan dancing onstage with Bruce Springsteen?
"Dancing In The Dark". From Bruce Springsteen's hugely popular 1984 album "Born
In The USA", "Dancing In The Dark" was one of seven top 10 hit singles taken
from the album. The other hit singles were "Born In The USA", "Cover Me", "Glory
Days", "I'm Goin' Down", "I'm On Fire" and "My Hometown". Springsteen released
his first album "Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ" in January 1973. He has been
accompanied throughout most of his recording career by his backing group the E
Street Band with principal members Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici,
Nils Lofgren, Garry Tallent, Steve Van Zandt and Max Weinberg. The latest album
release from the internationally popular singer/songwriter is "Devils And Dust",
which has debuted at number one in the UK, the USA and numerous European
9 May 2005
Who had a number one hit with the 1985 song "Rock Me
Falco (born Johann Holzel in Vienna, Austria). From his 1985 album "Falco 3",
"Rock Me Amadeus" was written by Rob Bolland, Ferdi Bolland and Falco and went
to number one in both Austria and Germany that same year. The song rose to
number one in the USA in early 1986. The inspiration for the song came from an
increase in media attention paid to composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Other
popular song releases by Falco included "Der Kommissar", "Jeanny" and "Vienna
Calling". He was killed in a car accident on 6 February 1998.
2 May 2005
Who recorded the first popular version of the 1987 song
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos?
The traditional Mexican song "La Bamba" was first taken to the top forty by
Ritchie Valens in 1959. Other popular song releases by the Latin singer/guitarist included
"Come On, Let’s Go", "Donna" (top 5 in 1959), "That’s My Little Suzie" and
"Little Girl". He appeared in the movie "Go, Johnny Go!" in 1959. At 17 years of
age Ritchie Valens was killed in the same plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy
Holly and the Big Bopper on 3 February 1959.
25 April 2005
What popular singer/songwriter was born Reginald Kenneth
Elton John. Reg Dwight adopted the name Elton John (from the first names of
former Bluesology band mates Elton Dean and "Long" John Baldry) just before
teaming up with lyricist Bernie Taupin in the latter part of the sixties. Both
from England, the John and Taupin partnership became one of the most successful
songwriting teams in the history of popular music. Popular releases by Elton
John include the songs "Crocodile Rock", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Candle In
The Wind", "Bennie And The Jets", "Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Little
Jeannie", and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".
18 April 2005
What were the six costumes worn by the Village People?
An American Indian, biker, construction worker, cowboy, military man and a
policeman. Brought together in New York by disco producer Jacques Morali, the
Village People originally consisted of Alexander Briley, David Hodo, Glenn
Hughes, Randy Jones, Felipe Rose and Victor Willis. The group scored massive hit
singles in the late seventies with the songs "Macho Man", "Y.M.C.A." and "In The
Navy". In 1980, the Village People were featured in the movie "Can’t Stop The
11 April 2005
As a member of Tony Toni Tone, Raphael Wiggins began
recording solo under what new name?
Raphael Saadiq. Born Raphael Wiggins, he recorded under this name as a member of
Tony Toni Tone. The group released many popular singles including "Feels Good",
"If I Had No Loot", "Anniversary" and "(Lay Your Head On My) Pillow". Raphael
Saadiq scored his first major solo hit with the song "Ask Of You" from the 1995
movie "Higher Learning".
4 April 2005
Who does "Ma Belle Amie" from 1969?
Tee Set. The song was written by group members Peter Tetteroo and Hans Van Eijck
and went to the US top ten in early 1970. Although classified as a one hit
wonder, the Dutch band had many top forty hits in their native Holland. Popular
songs included "Don’t You Leave", "Now’s The Time", "She Likes Weeds" and "If
You Do Believe In Love". Also recording solo, Peter Tetteroo had a Dutch top ten
hit in 1968 with his cover of Neil Diamond’s "Red, Red Wine".
28 March 2005
Who originally recorded the 2005 song "Mississippi Queen"
by Ozzy Osbourne?
"Mississippi Queen" was originally recorded by Mountain and written by Corky
Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea and Leslie West. Formed in New York, the
group consisted of Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, Corky Laing and Steve Knight.
Released in 1970, their version of the song hit the US top forty in the spring
of that year. Another popular release by Mountain was the 1970 song "For
Yasgur’s Farm". Felix Pappalardi was shot to death in 1983.
21 March 2005
Before his hit "Lonely No More" from early 2005, he had
many popular releases as a member of what group?
Matchbox Twenty. "Lonely No More" is from Rob Thomas’ forthcoming solo album
"Something To Be", scheduled for release in April 2005. Formed in Orlando,
Florida, Matchbox Twenty consists of Kyle Cook, Paul Doucette, Adam Gaynor, Rob
Thomas and Brian Yale. The group has released many popular songs including "3
AM", "Push", "Bent" and "Disease". In 1999, Rob Thomas
was featured with Santana on the chart topping single "Smooth".
14 March 2005
Who does "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" from
Napoleon XIV, pseudonym for New York songwriter and recording engineer Jerry
Samuels. From his 1966 novelty album "They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!",
the song was written by Samuels and became an international hit, going to the
top ten in both the USA and UK. Other song titles from the album included "I
Live In A Split Level Head", "Marching Off To Bedlam" and "The Place Where The
Nuts Hunt The Squirrels".
7 March 2005
Who originally recorded the 1971 song "One Tin Soldier" by
"One Tin Soldier" was originally recorded by the Canadian group the Original
Caste and written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. Released in 1969, their
version of the song hit the US top forty in early 1970. Another popular release
by the Original Caste was the 1970 song "Mr Monday". Coven’s version of "One Tin
Soldier" was used in the 1971 movie "Billy Jack" and hit the top forty in the
fall of that same year.
28 February 2005
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".
21 February 2005
Who does "Hold Your Head Up" from 1972?
Argent. From their 1972 album "All Together Now", the song was written by Rod
Argent and Chris White and went to the top ten that same year. The group’s
original members were Rod Argent, Russ Ballard, Robert Henrit and Jim Rodford.
Prior to forming Argent in 1969, Rod Argent had been a founding member of the
Zombies with Paul Atkinson, Colin Blunstone, Hugh Grundy and Chris White. The
Zombies released many popular songs in the sixties including the international
hits "She’s Not There", "Tell Her No" and "Time Of The Season".
14 February 2005
What popular disc jockey (DJ) was featured in songs by the
Guess Who and the Stampeders?
Wolfman Jack. In 1974 Wolfman Jack was featured in the Guess Who song "Clap For
The Wolfman", which hit the top ten that same year. A year later, he was
featured in the Stampeders top forty song "Hit The Road Jack". Born in Brooklyn,
New York, Wolfman Jack first gained international popularity as a DJ for radio
stations XERF and XERB. Both XERF and XERB were high-powered AM stations based
7 February 2005
Who were the five original members of the Traveling
Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. The quintet
released their debut album "Traveling Wilburys Volume One" in 1988. Popular
songs from this release included "End Of The Line", "Handle With Care" and
"Tweeter And The Monkey Man". Roy Orbison passed away in December 1988, shortly
after the release of the album. The remaining members re-grouped for one more
album, "Traveling Wilburys Volume Three" in 1990 (there was no "Volume Two"
release). This album included the songs "She’s My Baby" and "Wilbury Twist".
31 January 2005
What was the origin of the group name Three Dog Night?
The name Three Dog Night was taken from a phrase used by aboriginal people of
the Australian outback to describe how cold it was. A "three dog night" referred
to a very cold night requiring huddling with three dogs to keep warm.
24 January 2005
The Nice, King Crimson and Atomic Rooster – what group
featured ex-members from all three of these bands?
Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The English band was formed in 1970 and consisted of
Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. Emerson had been a member of the Nice,
which also featured guitarist Davy O’List, who had played briefly with Roxy
Music. Greg Lake had been a member of King Crimson, whose constantly changing
line-up (including Ian McDonald and John Wetton) revolved around guitarist
Robert Fripp. Ian McDonald became an original member of Foreigner. John Wetton
went on to play with many groups, including Uriah Heep, UK and Asia. Formed in
the early eighties, Asia featured both Wetton and Carl Palmer as original
members. Palmer had been a member of Atomic Rooster (UK hit singles "Devil’s
Answer" and "Tomorrow Night"), which also included organist Vincent Crane. Prior
to Atomic Rooster, both Palmer and Crane had played together with the Crazy
World of Arthur Brown (hit single "Fire" in 1968). Emerson, Lake and Palmer
released many popular albums and singles, including "Lucky Man", "From The
Beginning" and "Fanfare For The Common Man".
17 January 2005
What popular singer was born Walden Robert Cassotto in
Bobby Darin. His recording career began in 1956 and ended when he died in 1973
at the age of 37. Bobby Darin released many popular songs including "Splish
Splash", "Early In The Morning" (under the name the Rinky-Dinks),
"Dream Lover", "Mack The Knife", "Beyond The Sea"
and "You’re The Reason I’m Living". "Early In The Morning"
was originally released under the group name the Ding Dongs, but shortly after its
release the group name was changed to the Rinky-Dinks due to contractual obligations.
In the late sixties, Bobby Darin recorded for a brief period as Bob Darin. He appeared
in several movies, including the 1963 movie "Captain Newman, M.D.", for which
he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bobby Darin was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
10 January 2005
What actor is a member of the group 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts?
Russell Crowe. 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts formed in Australia in 1992 and consists of
Garth Adam (bass), Billy-Dean Cochran (lead guitar), Russell Crowe (lead vocals,
guitar), Dave Kelly (drums, vocals), Stewart Kirwan (trumpet, vocals) and Dave
Wilkins (rhythm guitar, vocals). The group has released several albums,
including their latest, "Other Ways Of Speaking", in 2003. Prior to forming 30
Odd Foot Of Grunts, Billy-Dean Cochran and Russell Crowe had played together in
the band Roman Antix, releasing the single "What’s The Difference?" in 1985.
3 January 2005
Before his hit "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" in 1971,
he had many international hits as a member of what group?
Peter, Paul & Mary. "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" was from Paul Stookey’s
1971 album "Paul And". Peter, Paul & Mary formed in New York City in 1961, and
consisted of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers. The trio released many
popular songs including "Puff (The Magic Dragon)", "Blowin’ In The Wind"
(written by Bob Dylan) and "Leaving On A Jet Plane" (written by John Denver).
27 December 2004
What song was written in part as a response to the 1970
Neil Young song "Southern Man"?
"Sweet Home Alabama", by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The song was written by group members
Ed King, Gary Rossington and Ronnie Van Zant and released on their "Second
Helping" album in 1974. "Free Bird" was another popular song for the group,
written in tribute to Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s
name was derived from the name of their school gym teacher, Leonard Skinner.
20 December 2004
Who had a top ten hit with the 1987 song "Respect
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.
6 December 2004
Who had a number one hit with the 1973 song "Brother
Stories. First released as a single, "Brother Louie" was subsequently added to a
re-released version of their 1973 album "About Us". The song was written by
Errol Brown and Tony Wilson (both were members of Hot Chocolate) and reached the
number one spot that same year. "Brother Louie" was originally recorded by Hot
Chocolate who took their version to the UK top ten earlier in 1973. Stories band
member Michael Brown was an original member of the Left Banke. Although
classified as a one hit wonder, Stories also had minor hits with the songs "I’m
Coming Home", "Mammy Blue" and "If It Feels Good, Do It".
29 November 2004
Who does "The Rapper" from 1970?
The Jaggerz. From their 1970 album "We Went To Different Schools Together", the
song was written by group member Dominic Ierace (AKA Donnie Iris) and went to
the top ten that same year. Although classified as a one hit wonder, the
Pittsburgh, PA band also had minor hits with the songs "I Call My Baby Candy"
and "What A Bummer", both from 1970. Donnie Iris went on to solo success in the
early eighties, scoring hits with the songs "Ah! Leah!", "Love Is Like A Rock"
and "My Girl".
22 November 2004
Who had a top ten hit with the 1963 song "Just One Look"?
Doris Troy. "Just One Look" was written by Gregory Carroll and Doris Payne (AKA
Doris Troy) and was released as a single in 1963, going to the top ten that same
year. Classified as a one hit wonder, Doris Troy did not have any other
significant chart entries. The Hollies also recorded a popular version of "Just
One Look", their version hitting the charts in 1964. During her recording
career, Doris Troy sang backup vocals for several British groups, including
vocals on Pink Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side Of The Moon".
15 November 2004
Who does "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" from 1969?
Steam, a New York City studio group assembled by producer Paul Leka to record
the B-side to a Garrett Scott (AKA Gary DeCarlo) single. Written by Gary DeCarlo,
Dale Frashuer and Paul Leka, "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" was released as
the A-side and went to number one in late 1969. Steam also had a minor hit with
the song "I’ve Gotta Make You Love Me" from 1970. Popular versions of "Na Na Hey
Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" have also been recorded by Bananarama, the Nylons and
8 November 2004
Who originally recorded the 1988 song "The Loco-Motion" by
"The Loco-Motion" was originally recorded by Little Eva and written by Gerry
Goffin and Carole King. Little Eva’s version of the song hit number one in the
summer of 1962. "The Loco-Motion" was also recorded by Grand Funk and released
on their "Shinin’ On" album in 1974. Almost 12 years after Little Eva had a
number one hit with the song, "The Loco-Motion" again climbed to the number one
spot in early 1974.
1 November 2004
What was the origin of the group name Pink Floyd?
The Pink Floyd name was taken from the first names of two early American
bluesmen – Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
25 October 2004
Who had a number one hit with the 1974 song "I Can Help"?
Billy Swan. From his 1974 album "I Can Help", the song was written by Billy Swan
and reached the number one spot that same year. Although classified as a one hit
wonder, Billy Swan also had a country hit with his 1975 song "Everything's The
Same (Ain't Nothing Changed)". Years earlier, Swan wrote the song "Lover
Please", which was a hit for Clyde McPhatter in 1962.
18 October 2004
What popular R&B/rock singer/actress was born Anna Mae
Tina Turner. She began her recording career in 1960 as half of the Ike and Tina
Turner duo. The duo released many popular songs including "A Fool In Love"
(1960), "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine" (1961), "River Deep – Mountain High" (1966)
and "Proud Mary" (1970). After Ike and Tina Turner disbanded in 1974, Tina began
recording as a solo artist. From her "Private Dancer" album in 1984, the song
"What’s Love Got To Do With It" went to the number one spot that same year.
Other popular songs included "Better Be Good To Me" (1984), "Private Dancer"
(1984), "We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (1985), "Typical Male" (1986)
and "I Don’t Wanna Fight" (1993). During this period she also appeared in
several movies, including "Tommy" (1975) and "Mad Max – Beyond Thunderdome"
(1985). Ike and Tina Turner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
11 October 2004
There were three lead singers for Van Halen – David Lee
Roth, Sammy Hagar and ?
Gary Cherone. Cherone had been a member of the Dream and then Extreme, who had a
number one hit with the song "More Than Words". The song was taken from their
1990 album "Pornograffitti" and was written by Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone.
After Sammy Hagar’s departure from Van Halen in 1996, Gary Cherone was brought
in to sing lead vocals on the 1998 album "Van Halen III". This was to be his
only appearance on a Van Halen album.
4 October 2004
What group featured both Joan Jett and Lita Ford as
The Runaways. The all-female band was formed in Los Angeles in 1975 and
consisted of Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox. The
Runaway’s most popular song was "Cherry Bomb" from 1976, written by Kim Fowley
and Joan Jett. After the Runaways broke up in 1979, Joan Jett formed her own
backing band, The Blackhearts. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts released many
popular songs including "I Love Rock ‘N Roll" (went to number one in 1982),
"Crimson & Clover" and "I Hate Myself For Loving You". Lita Ford
also went on to solo success, scoring hit singles with the songs "Kiss Me Deadly"
and "Close My Eyes Forever", the latter a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. Both songs
were taken from her 1988 album "Lita".
27 September 2004
Who does “We Are The World” from 1985?
USA For Africa. USA (United Support of Artists) For Africa was a collection of
over 40 artists formed to help the people of Africa. USA For Africa included Ray
Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie,
Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. “We Are The World”
was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and went to number one in 1985.
20 September 2004
What actor/singer had a number one hit while playing Ben Cartwright on the
Western TV series "Bonanza"?
Lorne Greene. Born in Ottawa, Canada, he played the role of Ben Cartwright from 1959 until "Bonanza"
went off the air in 1973. Greene began recording in the early 1960s, his song "Ringo" going to number
one in 1964. Other popular releases included the songs "The Man" from 1965 and "Waco" from 1966.
13 September 2004
Who originally wrote and recorded the 1976 song “Blinded By The Light” by
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band?
“Blinded By The Light” was originally written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his
“Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.” album in 1973. Springsteen wrote another top 40 song for
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, the 1975 song “Spirit In The Night”, also originally released on the
“Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.” album.
6 September 2004
Who had a number one hit with the 1979 song “Ring My Bell”?
Anita Ward. From her 1979 album “Songs Of Love”, “Ring My Bell” was written by Frederick Knight
and reached the number one spot in the summer of 1979. Classified as a one hit wonder,
Anita Ward did not have any other significant chart entries.
30 August 2004
Who does “Spill The Wine” from 1970?
Eric Burdon & War. After Eric Burdon & The Animals disbanded in 1968, Burdon formed War and the group
had a major hit with the song “Spill The Wine” from their 1970 album “Eric Burdon Declares “War””.
Burdon left War in 1971, and the group went on to release many other popular songs including
“The World Is A Ghetto”, “The Cisco Kid”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and “Low Rider”. Prior to
Eric Burdon & The Animals, Burdon was an original member of the Animals, this group having many hits
including the number one song “The House Of The Rising Sun” from 1964, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”
and “Don’t Bring Me Down”. In 1966, the Animals became Eric Burdon & The Animals, and this incarnation
of the group also had many popular releases including “See See Rider”, “San Franciscan Nights”
and “Sky Pilot (Part One)”.
23 August 2004
Who had a number one hit with the 1982 song “When I’m With You”?
Sheriff. “When I’m With You” was written by Arnold Lanni and was originally released on their 1982 self-titled debut
album. The song was a minor hit in 1983, but after a Las Vegas radio station added it to their playlist in 1988,
the song was re-released and went all the way to the number one spot in early 1989, long after the group had disbanded.
The Canadian group consisted of Freddy Curci, Steve DeMarchi, Wolf Hassel and Arnold Lanni. After the group broke up,
Hassel and Lanni went on to form Frozen Ghost, and Curci and DeMarchi later formed Alias with Mike DeRosier,
Roger Fisher and Steve Fossen, all former members of Heart.
16 August 2004
Free, Bad Company, The Firm and The Law – who was a member of all four bands?
Paul Rodgers. The critically acclaimed vocalist began recording as a member of Free in 1968.
Free had a major hit with the song “All Right Now” in 1970. As a member of Bad Company, the group released
many popular albums and songs, including “Can’t Get Enough”, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy”.
Formed in 1984, the Firm included Jimmy Page on guitar, and released the popular single “Radioactive” in 1985.
Paul Rodgers and Kenny Jones teamed up to form the Law, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1991,
which included the song “Laying Down The Law”. Paul Rodgers continues to tour and record to this day.
9 August 2004
Who had a number one hit with the 1979 song “Pop Muzik”?
M, AKA British musician Robin Scott. From his 1979 album “New York – London – Paris – Munich”, “Pop Muzik” was
written by Robin Scott and reached the number one spot in the summer of 1979. Classified as a one hit wonder, M
also had two minor UK hits, “Moonlight & Muzak” and “That’s The Way The Money Goes”, both from 1979. As Robin Scott,
he released his first album “Woman From The Warm Grass” in 1969. He also recorded briefly in 1978 as Comic Romance.
2 August 2004
David Foster had his first major hit as a member of what group?
Skylark. The Canadian band had a major hit with the song “Wildflower” from their 1972 self-titled debut album. “Wildflower”
was written by Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson. The group consisted of David Foster (keyboards), Donny Gerrard (vocals),
BJ Cook (vocals), Doug Edwards (guitar), Steven Pugsley (percussion), Carl Graves (bass) and Duris Maxwell (drums).
Skylark released one more album, "Skylark 2" in 1974, disbanding that same year. David Foster went on to become one of
the most successful producers and composers in all of popular music.
26 July 2004
What was the second video ever played on MTV (Music Television)?
"You Better Run" by Pat Benatar. The video was played when MTV premiered on 1 August 1981. Pat Benatar’s version of “You
Better Run” was released in 1980 and written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati of the Young Rascals. The Young Rascals
released their version of the song in 1966. Pat Benatar released many popular songs including “Hit Me With Your Best
Shot”, “Love Is A Battlefield” and “We Belong”.
19 July 2004
This lead singer of a popular British group died of AIDS in 1991. Who was he?
Freddie Mercury of Queen. Mercury also recorded briefly in 1973 as Larry Lurex. Queen was formed in 1971 and consisted of
Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. The group released many internationally popular albums and singles.
Popular songs include “Bohemian Rhapsody” (from the 1975 album “A Night At The Opera”), “You’re My Best Friend”,
“We Are The Champions”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites The Dust”. “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit the
charts for a second time after it was featured in the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World”.
12 July 2004
Who wrote the Peter & Gordon song “A World Without Love”?
“A World Without Love” was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and went to number one in 1964. The two Beatles
penned other singles for the duo of Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, including “Nobody I Know” and “I Don’t Want To See You
Again”; both of which also hit the charts in 1964. The Beatles never released their own versions of these three songs.
Peter Asher’s sister Jane was Paul McCartney’s girlfriend during this period.
5 July 2004
Who collected all of the royalties for the song “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by the Verve?
ABKCO, copyright holders of the Rolling Stones’ early material. Andrew Loog Oldham, manager and producer of the Rolling Stones
until 1968, recorded an album of their material entitled “The Rolling Stones Songbook” in 1966. A sample of his arrangement
of the song “The Last Time” was used by the Verve in their song “Bitter Sweet Symphony” on their 1997 album “Urban Hymns”.
ABKCO sued the Verve and was awarded 100% of the royalties for the song.
28 June 2004
What British group formed in 1967 and was named after a cat?
Procol Harum. The group began recording as the Paramounts in the early 1960s, changing their name to Procol Harum in 1967.
Original group members included Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Robin Trower, Matthew Fisher, Chris Copping and BJ Wilson, with
many personnel changes over the years. The group’s biggest hit was the song “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” from 1967. They also
had hits with the songs “Homburg” and their live performance of “Conquistador”, recorded with the Edmonton Symphony
Orchestra in 1971.
21 June 2004
Who had a number one hit with the 1981 song “Mickey”?
Toni Basil. From her 1981 album “Word Of Mouth”, “Mickey” was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and reached the
number one spot in the fall of 1982. Classified as a one hit wonder, Toni Basil did not have any other significant
14 June 2004
Who originally wrote and recorded the song “Morning Dew”?
"Morning Dew" was originally written and recorded by Bonnie Dobson. The song was first released as a live recording
on her album “At Folk City” in 1962. The song was inspired by the 1959 film “On The Beach”; a movie set in the future
when virtually all life on earth has been exterminated by the after effects of a nuclear holocaust. A very popular song,
“Morning Dew” has been covered by many artists including the Grateful Dead, Lulu, Jeff Beck, Tim Rose, Nazareth
and Robert Plant.
7 June 2004
Who originally recorded the 1989 Simply Red song "If You Don't Know Me By Now"?
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Formed in 1954, the group had many personnel changes over the years, with long time member
Harold Melvin at the helm from 1954 until his death in 1997. Teddy Pendergrass joined in 1969 and was a member until
leaving to go solo in 1976. "If You Don't Know Me By Now" was released in 1972 and written by Philadelphia Soul pioneers
Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. The group also had hits with the songs “The Love I Lost”, “Bad Luck” and “Wake Up Everybody”.
After going solo, Teddy Pendergrass released many popular songs, including “Close The Door” and “Can’t We Try”, and
recording with Stephanie Mills, the duo had a hit with the song “Two Hearts” in 1981.
31 May 2004
What group featured both Neil Young and Rick James as members?
The Mynah Birds. The Toronto based Mynah Birds were formed in early 1965 and featured Ricky Matthews, AKA Rick James,
as lead singer. The group released the single “The Mynah Bird Hop” on the Columbia label in 1965. They signed with Motown
after Neil Young joined the band in January 1966. The Mynah Birds recorded 16 songs for Motown, which to date have never been
released. The group broke up in March 1966 when it was discovered that Rick James had been AWOL from the US Navy. Neil Young
and fellow Mynah Birds member Bruce Palmer went on to form Buffalo Springfield later that same year.
24 May 2004
What singer/actor had a number one hit while playing Dr Noah Drake on the TV soap “General Hospital”
Rick Springfield. Born in Australia, he appeared in several TV series and made-for-TV movies. He made his movie debut in the
film “Hard To Hold” in 1984. He released many popular songs in the 1980s, including the number one hit “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981,
“I’ve Done Everything For You”, “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, “Affair Of The Heart” and “Love Somebody”.
17 May 2004
This Buffalo Springfield song is generally known as “Stop, Hey What’s That Sound”. What is the song’s
“For What It’s Worth”. The song was written by Stephen Stills and released on Buffalo Springfield’s self-titled debut in
1967. The group consisted of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer (replaced by Jim
Messina in 1968). Other songs by the group include “Go & Say Goodbye”, “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing”, “Mr Soul”,
“Expecting To Fly” and “Bluebird”. The group released three albums before disbanding in 1968. Stephen Stills and Neil Young
joined Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Richie Furay and Jim Messina formed Poco in 1968.
10 May 2004
What George Harrison song allegedly copied the 1963 song “He’s So Fine” by the Chiffons?
“My Sweet Lord” from the 1970 George Harrison album “All Things Must Pass”. The ex-Beatle was sued by Bright Tunes Music
Corporation (Chiffons) for allegedly infringing on the copyright of the Chiffons song “He’s So Fine” written by Ronald Mack.
In 1976 the court ruled in favour of the Chiffons arguing that George Harrison had “subconsciously plagiarized” their song.
3 May 2004
What popular folk/rock singer/songwriter was born Robert Allen Zimmerman?
Bob Dylan. Zimmerman adopted the stage name Bob Dylan (Dylan from the
poet Dylan Thomas) before he began recording in 1962.
He has released many critically acclaimed albums including “Another Side
Of Bob Dylan” (1964), “Blonde On Blonde” (1966)
and “Blood On The Tracks” (1975). Popular songs by Dylan include
“Blowin’ In The Wind” (1963), “Like A Rolling Stone” (1965),
“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (1966) and “Lay Lady Lay” (1969). His
songs have been covered by many artists including the Byrds,
Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart. “Life” magazine
named him as one of the 100 most important Americans
of the 20th century.
26 April 2004
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
19 April 2004
An original member of Roxy Music, he later went on to co-produce U2’s “The Joshua Tree”. Who
Brian Eno. He appeared on Roxy Music’s first two albums, “Roxy Music” in 1972 and “For Your Pleasure” in 1973, which were
both popular in the UK. After leaving in 1973, Eno worked on various solo and collaboration projects including work with
Robert Fripp, David Bowie and Talking Heads. Critically acclaimed albums included “Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)”
from 1974 and “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” from 1981 (with David Byrne of Talking Heads). In 1980 he began working with
Daniel Lanois and the two would go on to produce several projects including U2’s “The Joshua Tree” (1987) and “Achtung
12 April 2004
What do Chubby Checker and Bing Crosby have in common?
Number one songs that went back to number one a few years later. Bing
Crosby was the first to do it. His song “White Christmas”,
written by Irving Berlin, first went to number one in 1942. It went to
number one again in 1945. Bing Crosby re-recorded
“White Christmas” in 1947, and the new version hit the charts again
repeatedly for many years afterwards. Chubby Checker’s song
“The Twist”, written by Hank Ballard, first went to number one in 1960.
"The Twist" went to number one again in 1962.
5 April 2004
Who originally recorded the 1986 Bananarama song "Venus"?
Shocking Blue. The Dutch group consisted of Cornelius Van Der Beek (drums), Klaasje Van Der Wal (bass), Robbie Van Leeuwen
(guitar, vocals) and Mariska Veres (vocals). “Venus” was written by Robbie Van Leeuwen and released in 1969. The Shocking Blue
version of “Venus” became an international hit in 1970. The song was a major hit again in 1981 when it was included in the
Stars On 45 song medley “Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply ...”. Nirvana covered the Shocking Blue song “Love Buzz” on their 1989
album “Bleach”. Frankie Avalon had a major hit with another song titled “Venus” in 1959. Ed Marshall wrote this song.
29 March 2004
What band was the starting point for guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page?
The Yardbirds. Eric Clapton joined Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith and Jim McCarty in October 1963, replacing
guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham. With this lineup, the Yardbirds had their biggest international hit with the song “For
Your Love” in 1965. That same year, Eric Clapton left the band and was replaced by Jeff Beck. During the next year, the
band had hits with the songs “Heart Full Of Soul”, “I’m A Man”, “Shapes Of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down”. In mid
1966, Paul Samwell-Smith left the band and was replaced by Jimmy Page on bass. Shortly after Jimmy Page joined the group,
Chris Dreja switched to bass and Jimmy Page shared lead guitarist duties with Jeff Beck. The two guitarists played together
in the band until Jeff Beck left in November 1966. The last major hit single for the band, “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”
in 1966, featured both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitar. The Yardbirds called it quits in 1968.
22 March 2004
Never a member of the Monkees, this Davy Jones changed his name in 1966 before going on to international
stardom under what new name?
David Bowie. Born David Robert Jones, he began his recording career as a member of Davie Jones and The King Bees. The group
released the single “Liza Jane” in 1964. He then joined the Manish Boys who released the single “I Pity The Fool” in 1965. He
left the Manish Boys that same year to record as Davy Jones and The Lower Third. This group also released a single, “You’ve Got
A Habit Of Leaving”, in 1965. As David Bowie, his first major UK hit single was “Space Oddity” in 1969. The song became a North
American hit in 1973. Since that time David Bowie has released many popular songs including “Fame”, “Golden Years”, “Let’s
Dance” and “Dancing In The Street” with Mick Jagger.
15 March 2004
Who originally recorded the song “My White Bicycle”?
“My White Bicycle” was originally recorded by Tomorrow and written by
Keith Alan Hopkins (AKA Keith West) and Ken Burgess. The
song was released as a single in 1967 and later appeared on their 1968
album “Tomorrow”. Nazareth revived the song when they
released their version as a single in 1975. Tomorrow began recording as
the In Crowd in 1965. The group consisted of Keith West,
Steve Howe, Junior (John Wood) and Twink (John Alder). While the group
was still together, Keith West released the single
“Excerpt From A Teenage Opera” which became a UK hit in 1967. After
Tomorrow broke up in 1968, Twink briefly joined the Pretty
Things and then the Pink Fairies. Steve Howe joined Yes in 1970 and then
became a member of Asia in 1981.
8 March 2004
Before his big hit “Baker Street” in 1978, he had an international hit in 1973 as a member of what
Stealers Wheel. “Baker Street” was from the 1978 Gerry Rafferty album
“City To City” which also yielded the hit singles “Right
Down The Line” and “Home & Dry”. Stealers Wheel was formed in 1972
and consisted of principle members Gerry Rafferty and Joe
Egan until the group’s break-up in 1975. The song “Stuck In The Middle
With You” became an international hit for Stealers Wheel
in 1973 and was later revived when it was featured in the Quentin
Tarantino film “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992. The group had another
hit with the song “Star” released in 1973. Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan
had recorded together previously in the group the Fifth
Column, releasing the song “Benjamin Day” in 1966. Before joining
Stealers Wheel, Gerry Rafferty had also been a member of the
duo the Humblebums with Billy Connolly, who went on to become an
internationally popular comedian.
1 March 2004
What Dutch group released their first single “Please Go” in 1965 and is still recording and touring to
Golden Earring, consisting of long time members Barry Hay, Rinus
Gerritsen, George Kooymans and Cesar Zuiderwijk. Very popular
in their native Holland, Golden Earring achieved international fame with
the Kooymans and Hay penned song “Radar Love” from their
1973 album “Moontan”. “Radar Love” became a classic “road/driving” song.
Another popular Kooymans and Hay composition from the
same album was “Candy’s Going Bad”, which was covered by the Godz in
1978. The group had another major hit in 1983 with the song
“Twilight Zone”. “Radar Love” was a hit again in 1989 when it was
covered by White Lion.
23 February 2004
As a member of the Spiders and then Nazz, Vincent Furnier went on to greater fame under what new
Alice Cooper. Born Vincent Furnier, he recorded under this name as a
member of both the Spiders and Nazz. The Spiders released
two singles, “Why Don’t You Love Me” in 1965, and “Don’t Blow Your Mind”
in 1966. Changing their name to Nazz, they released one
single, “Lay Down & Die, Goodbye” in 1967. After learning that there
was another band named Nazz (featuring Todd Rundgren), the
band changed their name to Alice Cooper in 1968. Vincent Furnier also
adopted this new name. As Alice Cooper the group had
numerous hits including “Eighteen”, “School’s Out”, “Only Women Bleed”
16 February 2004
Who originally wrote and recorded the 1979 Barry Manilow song "Ships"?
"Ships" was originally written and recorded by Ian Hunter. It was
released on his 1979 album "You're Never Alone With A
Schizophrenic”. He also wrote “Once Bitten Twice Shy” which was a major
hit for Great White in 1989. Prior to his self-titled
debut solo album in 1975, Ian Hunter had been a member of Mott The
Hoople. Mott The Hoople had an international hit with “All The
Young Dudes” in 1972 as well as several UK hits including both
“Honaloochie Boogie” and “All The Way From Memphis” from their 1973
album “Mott”. Another member of Mott The Hoople, Mick Ralphs, left in
1973 to become lead guitarist for Bad Company.
9 February 2004
On this date in 1964 they made their first live appearance on American television when they performed on the
"Ed Sullivan Show". Who were they?
The Beatles. They performed live on the "Ed Sullivan Show" four times: 9
February 1964, 16 February 1964, 23 February 1964 and 12
September 1965. Their first performance was one of the most highly
viewed television programs of the era. The roots of the Beatles
go back to July 1957. John Lennon was playing guitar in a group called
the Quarrymen when he met Paul McCartney at a church picnic.
Shortly after their meeting he invited Paul McCartney to join his group.
Later that same year George Harrison also joined the
group. Stuart Sutcliffe was added as their bass player in March 1960.
When he left the group in April 1961, Paul McCartney moved
over to bass. Pete Best became the band's drummer in August 1960 until
Ringo Starr replaced him in August 1962. The Beatles had
their first number one hit in May 1963 when the song "From Me To You"
went to the top of the UK charts.
2 February 2004
What artist was discovered on TV's "The Gong Show" and then had a major hit with the song "Got To Be Real"
Cheryl Lynn. After her performance of "You Are So Beautiful" on "The Gong Show" in 1976, Cheryl Lynn signed with Columbia and
released her self-titled debut in 1978. The album featured the song "Got To Be Real" written by David Foster, Cheryl Lynn and
David Paich. The creator and host of "The Gong Show", Chuck Barris, was responsible for another major hit. Chuck Barris wrote
the song "Palisades Park" which was a hit for Freddy Cannon in 1962.
26 January 2004
What country music star had his first major hit with the psychedelic classic "Just Dropped In (To See What
Condition My Condition Was In)"?
Kenny Rogers. He began his recording career in 1956 with a group called
the Scholars. After joining the New Christy Minstrels
for a brief period in 1966, Kenny Rogers left and formed the First
Edition in 1967, releasing "Just Dropped In (To See What
Condition My Condition Was In)" that same year. The First Edition had
another major hit with "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"
in 1969. Kenny Rogers left the First Edition to go solo in 1973,
releasing many popular songs since that time including "The
Gambler", "Coward Of The County" and "Lady".
19 January 2004
Who originally wrote and recorded the 2003 Sheryl Crow song "The First Cut Is The Deepest"?
"The First Cut Is The Deepest" was originally written and recorded by Cat Stevens. It was released on his album "New Masters"
in 1967. There have been several popular versions of this song over the years. PP Arnold had a British hit with the song in
1967. Keith Hampshire had a Canadian hit in 1973. The song was a hit again when it was released by Rod Stewart in 1976.
12 January 2004
This group originally began recording as the Classics and then as the Collectors. Who did they
Chilliwack. During the period 1963-1966, the Classics released several singles, including the songs "I Don't Know" and "Gone
Away", released under the name of the Canadian Classics in 1965. In 1966 the Classics changed their name to the Collectors
and Bill Henderson joined the group as their lead vocalist and guitarist. The Collectors released two albums and several
singles, including the songs "Lydia Purple" and "Looking At A Baby". The Collectors became Chilliwack in 1970, releasing
numerous singles and albums under their new name. "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" and "I Believe" were two popular singles, both
from the 1981 album "Wanna Be A Star". Except for a break between 1987-1997, Chilliwack continues to record and tour to this
day with Bill Henderson at the helm.
5 January 2004
A live performance by Don McLean of his song "American Pie" was the inspiration for what popular
"Killing Me Softly With His Song" written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. Through collaboration with the two songwriters,
Lori Lieberman described the effect of the Don McLean performance and recorded and released "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
in 1972. The song later became a major hit for Roberta Flack in 1973 and for the Fugees in 1997. The song "American Pie" was
inspired by the death of Buddy Holly.
29 December 2003
This duo originally began recording as Tom & Jerry in 1957. Who did they become?
Simon & Garfunkel. As Tom & Jerry, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
released several singles including the hit "Hey Schoolgirl"
in 1957. This wasn't the only pseudonym associated with the duo. Art
Garfunkel recorded for a brief period during 1959-1960
as Arty Garr. Paul Simon recorded under several names during the period
1958-1963. These included Paul Kane, Jerry Landis,
True Taylor, and Tico & The Triumphs. The music of these early
incarnations never approached the popularity of Simon &
Garfunkel songs such as "Bridge Over Troubled Water" or "The Sounds Of
22 December 2003
Who originally wrote and recorded the 1973 Nazareth song "This Flight Tonight"?
"This Flight Tonight" was originally written and recorded by Joni Mitchell. It was released on her critically acclaimed album
"Blue" in 1971. The popular Nazareth version of this song was released as a single in 1973 and appeared on their "Loud 'N'
Proud" album in 1974.
15 December 2003
Before going on to international fame as half of the comedy duo "Cheech & Chong", Tommy Chong had
been the guitarist for several Vancouver BC bands, two of which went on to release a handful of singles. What were
The first was Little Daddy & The Bachelors. They released the Chuck Berry song "Too Much Monkey Business" in 1964. The
second group, Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, was discovered by Diana Ross of the Supremes during a tour date in Vancouver.
After she contacted Berry Gordy, the group was signed to the Motown Gordy label. They released several singles including
the song "Does Your Mama Know About Me" in 1968. Written by Tom Baird and Tommy Chong, the song was a hit in both Canada
and the USA.
8 December 2003
What was the first video ever played on MTV (Music Television)?
"Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles. The song was originally released in 1979 and written by Geoffrey Downes, Trevor
Horn and Bruce Woolley. The video was played when MTV premiered on 1 August 1981. Formed in England in 1979 by Geoffrey
Downes and Trevor Horn, both members briefly joined Yes in 1980. Geoffrey Downes became a member of Asia in 1981.
1 December 2003
This band first toured Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds in 1968. Shortly after the tour the band
changed their name. What was their new name?
Led Zeppelin. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, the only remaining member, Jimmy Page, joined first with John Paul Jones
and then Robert Plant and John Bonham. The foursome toured Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds to meet a series of previous
Yardbirds concert commitments. Later that same year they changed their name to Led Zeppelin, allegedly a suggestion made by
Keith Moon of the Who.
24 November 2003
What do Pink Floyd and Hoagy Carmichael have in common?
Two of the longest song titles in the history of popular music. Pink Floyd's song is titled "Several Species Of Small Furry
Animals Gathered Together In A Cave & Grooving With A Pict". Hoagy Carmichael's song is titled "I'm A Cranky Old Yank In A
Clanky Old Tank On The Streets Of Yokohama With My Honolulu Mama Doin' Those Beat-o, Beat-o, Flat On My Seat-o Hirohito
17 November 2003
Who originally wrote and recorded the 1993 Mariah Carey song "Without You"?
"Without You" was originally recorded by Badfinger and released on their "No Dice" album in 1970.
The song was written by Badfinger members Tom Evans and Pete Ham. Two members of Badfinger
committed suicide, Pete Ham on 23 April 1975, and Tom Evans on 23 November 1983. The most popular version of
"Without You" was released by Nilsson in 1971. His version went to number one in 1972.
You know when you hear a song for the first time and the sights and sounds and feeling of that moment stay with you? This happened to me on a warm, sunny afternoon driving through New Westminster, BC in July 2014. This song comes on the radio and captures the moment perfectly, and the dj doesn't say who does it! I call the radio station to find out, and "Why I Don't Know" by Davenport becomes one of those rare song gems.