Question Of The Week 2018

10 September 2018 - 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.

Previous Questions Of The Week

3 September 2018 - "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.

27 August 2018 - 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.

20 August 2018 - 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 Ladies".

13 August 2018 - 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".

6 August 2018 - Who had a number one hit with the 1958 instrumental "Tequila"?

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.

30 July 2018 - Everlast had a US top 10 song as a member of what rap group?

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".

23 July 2018 - New Order scored their first UK top 20 hit song under what band name?

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.

16 July 2018 - 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.

9 July 2018 - Who first took the song "Thunder In My Heart" to the UK top 40?

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 Say".

2 July 2018 - 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".

25 June 2018 - 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.

18 June 2018 - 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").

11 June 2018 - 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.

4 June 2018 - 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".

28 May 2018 - 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 Control".

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.

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.