Question Of The Week
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.
Previous Questions Of The Week
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
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
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.
25 December 2017 - 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 1977.
18 December 2017 - 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
11 December 2017 - 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.
Davenport. The song is titled "Why I Don't
Know" and was released in 2014. Written by Peter Day and Adam Sutherland. 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" becomes one of
those rare song gems.
27 November 2017 - 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.
20 November 2017 - 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": 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.