Question of the Week 2019 2018

25 February 2019 - 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.

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18 February 2019 - 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.

11 February 2019 - 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 respectively.

4 February 2019 - 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 Toro)" by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass in 1962. The song hit the top ten in the USA that same year.

28 January 2019 - 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.

21 January 2019 - 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.

14 January 2019 - 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 Night In".

7 January 2019 - 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".