Question of the Week 2019 2018

15 July 2019 - 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.

Previous Questions of the Week

8 July 2019 - 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.

1 July 2019 - 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.

24 June 2019 - 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.

17 June 2019 - 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. David Bowie is one the most influential artists in the history of popular music.

10 June 2019 - Who had a number one hit with the 1985 song "Rock Me Amadeus"?

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.

3 June 2019 - 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.

27 May 2019 - What country music artist discovered at the age of 11 that his father was a Major League Baseball star playing with the Philadelphia Phillies?

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.

20 May 2019 - 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 Digest".

13 May 2019 - The four principal members of this hugely popular English rock band hadn’t played together since the early eighties but reformed to play Live 8 in London’s Hyde Park on 2 July 2005. Who are they?

Pink Floyd. Roger Waters joined 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.

6 May 2019 - 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 popular music.

29 April 2019 - 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.

22 April 2019 - 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.

15 April 2019 - 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. 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.

8 April 2019 - 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.

1 April 2019 - 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.

25 March 2019 - 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.

18 March 2019 - 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".

11 March 2019 - Who originally recorded the 1971 song "One Tin Soldier" by Coven?

"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.

4 March 2019 - This Buffalo Springfield song is generally known as “Stop, Hey What’s That Sound”. What is the song’s actual title?

“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.

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.

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".