Category Archives: Early Rock

Remembering Phil Everly


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Remembering Tony Sheridan


Tony Sheridan, Live

Tony Sheridan, Live (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tony Sheridan, an early Beatle (Ok the Beat Brothers), he is one of only 2 men (the other being Billy Preston) to be credited on a Beatle song, and the only person to sing lead on a Beatle single, passed away on February 16, 2013. All the stories have been told, so no point in rehashing them.  Suffice to say that the Beatles first album was released as “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan and the Beatles.  The band’s name was changed to Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers as the word Beatles sounded too much like the German word for penis.  I wonder how they dealt with that as the Beatles became more and more famous.

He was an original rock & roll artist, but migrated to more of a jazz player as his career continued.  He continued recording right up to 2008.  Here is a sampling of his work.

Shake It Some More, recorded in 1966.

With The Beatles

Some more recent material

Remembering Herb Reed


Only You (And You Alone)

Only You (And You Alone) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RIP Herb Reed.  The last Platter passed away on June 4 at 83.  Enjoy this one and remember one of the classics.  One of the great voices of the time.

Music Trivia Question for the Day – September 15, 2012


 

The first album to feature the group's name ch...

The first album to feature the group’s name change from “The Miracles” to “Smokey Robinson & The Miracles” was 1965’s Top 10 album Going To A Go-Go.Clockwise from top left: Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, Ron White, Smokey Robinson.(not shown: Claudette Robinson, Marv Tarplin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The previous question was:

 

Q: What was Motown‘s first million selling hit?

 

The answer is:

 

“Shop Around” by The Miracles.  The song was recorded and released in 1960.  This was before they were known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.  The artist on this classic was credited as The Miracles (featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson”.

 

Shop Around

 

 

 

We had no winner on this one, so Rebecca’s stupendous award has, once again, been forced to wait on it’s introduction to the world.

 

Today’s question will leave Motown and move on to Blackburn, Lancashire.

 

Q: In the song “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles, there is a line referring to a particular place.  What is Blackburn, Lancashire and why does it have 4,000 holes in it?

 

Music Trivia Question for the Day – September 12, 2012


 

The previous question was:

Q: What was Motown’s first hit?

The answer is

Money – Barrett Strong

Recorded in 1959, Money reached number 2 on the charts.  Beatle fans will instantly recognize this song as they did a cover version in 1962 with Peter Best on drums.

Money – The Beatles

Interestingly, Berry Gordy, Motown’s driving force and owner,  wrote this song, which helped turned Motown into the hit factory it was known for in the 1960’s and beyond.

No one guessed the answer, so I am unable to bestow my newly minted award on anyone.  Thanks to Rebecca for designing the award.

Today’s question, and we will continue in Motown mode is:

Q: What was Motown’s first million selling hit?

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I am trying to create an official award logo for this series.  I am having a blast finding these, then finding the videos to go with the answers.  Having said that, I don’t want to wear out the fun so will be changing up a bit on the presentation.  How??  I have no flipping idea.  I’m sure I’ll have an epiphany at some point.

Anyway on to the answers and a new question.

The previous question was:

Who did the original version of Soft Cell‘s classic “Tainted Love“.  Yes. it is a cover.  For bonus points, who wrote it.

First the cover version.  I kind of shudder when I hear this song as all I can think of is hair, lots of hair, and really goofy pants.

Tainted Love – Soft Cell

And now the winner.  Rebecca2000 guessed correctly that it was Gloria Jones.  She receives 17 bajillion points cause she is new to the blog and I kind of like her.    I will be emailing you the prize catalogue from which you can choose to spend your points.  You need only pay shipping and handling.

 

English: This is Gloria Jones performing with ...

English: This is Gloria Jones performing with T.Rex in March 1976 in Glasgow! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

No one guessed that it was written by Ed Cobb so no bonus points awarded.

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Gloria Jones – The Original

And now a new question for you to ponder.  This question is very subjective, and there might be more than one right answer.  Who is (or might be) the most disgusting act in music today.  This one is for no points and no prizes, just curious to see if you find anything more ridiculous than the one I have chosen.

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Music Trivia Question for the Day


I am trying to create an official award logo for this series.  I am having a blast finding these, then finding the videos to go with the answers.  Having said that, I don’t want to wear out the fun so will be changing up a bit on the presentation.  How??  I have no flipping idea.  I’m sure I’ll have an epiphany at some point.

Anyway on to the answers and a new question.

The previous question was:

Who did the original version of Soft Cell‘s classic “Tainted Love“.  Yes. it is a cover.  For bonus points, who wrote it.

First the cover version.  I kind of shudder when I hear this song as all I can think of is hair, lots of hair, and really goofy pants.

Tainted Love – Soft Cell

And now the winner.  Rebecca2000 guessed correctly that it was Gloria Jones.  She receives 17 bajillion points cause she is new to the blog and I kind of like her.    I will be emailing you the prize catalogue from which you can choose to spend your points.  You need only pay shipping and handling.

English: This is Gloria Jones performing with ...

No one guessed that it was written by Ed Cobb so no bonus points awarded.

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Gloria Jones – The Original

And now a new question for you to ponder.  This question is very subjective, and there might be more than one right answer.  Who is (or might be) the most disgusting act in music today.  This one is for no points and no prizes, just curious to see if you find anything more ridiculous than the one I have chosen.

Music Trivia Question for the Day


Stuart Sutcliffe and Harrison (right) in Hamburg

Stuart Sutcliffe and Harrison (right) in Hamburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First things first.  I completely forgot to congratulate Zapple100 for answering the previous question on who originally performed Respect.  Congrats to the Zap for guessing correctly.

Second on the agenda, the last question..

Everyone knows the George Harrison song “Got My Mind Set On You“.  Who originally recorded it.  For bonus points, who wrote it.

George Harrison, everyone’s favourite Beatle recorded this song in 1987 and was one of his 3 number one songs in the USA.  That would be a trivia question on its own.  Wait, what’s that sound.  You mean he’s not the favourite Beatle.  Well, he is mine, no idea why, just seemed more down to earth than the others.  At any rate, here’s his version.

Got My Mind Set On You

The answer is James Ray, the bonus answer Rudy Clark.  The closest answer came from John The Aussie, sort of.  He asked the question while speaking to 100 miners and someone out there said James Raymond.  Close enough John, you take the title away from North America to the land of Oz, Australia.  Please congratulate John for being the current and reigning Lord of Music Trivia.

James Ray Original

And the new brain teaser is..

Q: Who did the original version of Soft Cell’s classic “Tainted Love”.  Yes. it is a cover.  For bonus points, who wrote it.

Music Trivia Question for the Day


 

Cover of

Cover of Otis Blue: Sings Soul

My last question from what seems like weeks ago (and was):

Q: Who wrote and recorded the first version of “Respect“?

We all know the very famous version by Aretha Franklin (shown here is a live version from 1968 in Stockholm, Sweden)

The answer though is, Otis Redding.  He wrote and recorded this in 1965.  You can find it on his album “Otis Blue“.  The song was not released as a single.  When Otis heard Aretha’s version, his comment was “That little girl stole my song”.

Here is Otis singing his song.

Now for a new trivia question to ponder until I pop in again with a new one.

Q: Everyone knows the George Harrison song “Got My Mind Set On You”.  Who originally recorded it.  For bonus points, who wrote it.

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Cover of "Otis Blue: Sings Soul"

Cover of Otis Blue: Sings Soul

 

My last question from what seems like weeks ago (and was):

 

Q: Who wrote and recorded the first version of “Respect“?

 

We all know the very famous version by Aretha Franklin (shown here is a live version from 1968 in Stockholm, Sweden)

 

 

 

The answer though is, Otis Redding.  He wrote and recorded this in 1965.  You can find it on his album “Otis Blue“.  The song was not released as a single.  When Otis heard Aretha’s version, his comment was “That little girl stole my song”.

 

Here is Otis singing his song.

 

 

 

Now for a new trivia question to ponder until I pop in again with a new one.

 

Q: Everyone knows the George Harrison song “Got My Mind Set On You”.  Who originally recorded it.  For bonus points, who wrote it.

 

 

 

 

 

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