Question of the Week 2020 2019 2018
30 December 2019 - A live performance by Don McLean of his song "American
Pie" was the inspiration for what popular song?
"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 the Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in a plane crash.
Previous Questions of the Week
23 December 2019 - This group originally began recording as the Classics and
then as the Collectors. Who did they become?
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.
16 December 2019 - 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.
9 December 2019 - What popular folk/rock singer/songwriter was born Robert
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, Bryan Ferry, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley
and Rod Stewart. "Life" magazine named him as one of the 100 most important
Americans of the 20th century.
2 December 2019 - 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.
25 November 2019 - What artist was discovered on TV's "The Gong Show" and
then had a major hit with the song "Got To Be Real" in 1978?
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.
18 November 2019 - This band first toured Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds
in 1968. Shortly after the tour the band changed their name. What was their new
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.
11 November 2019 - 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.
4 November 2019 - 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 Blues".
28 October 2019 - 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).
21 October 2019 - 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.
14 October 2019 - 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.
7 October 2019 - 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.
30 September 2019 - What Dutch group released their first single "Please Go"
in 1965 and is still recording and touring to this day?
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 September 2019 - 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.
16 September 2019 - 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
9 September 2019 - 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
2 September 2019 - An original member of Roxy Music, he later went on to co-produce U2’s “The Joshua Tree”. Who is he?
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 Baby” (1991).
26 August 2019 - 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
19 August 2019 - Who collected all 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.
12 August 2019 - What singer/actor had a number one hit while playing Dr
Noah Drake on the TV soap “General Hospital” from 1981–1983?
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”.
5 August 2019 - 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".
29 July 2019 - 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.
22 July 2019 - Before his big hit “Baker Street” in 1978, he had an
international hit in 1973 as a member of what group?
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.
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.
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
1 July 2019 - Who had a number one hit with the 1982 song “When I’m With
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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"
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
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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".