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Music Trivia – It’s Answer Day – September 23, 2012


Welcome to the bestowing of the coveted “I won the Music Trivia Question for the Day, I tried  to make a speech, to shut me up they gave me this award” Award.


The question was:


Who’s real name was Frederick Bulsara?


The answer:


Freddie Mercury


Freddie Mercury: Queen live in Hannover, Germa...

Freddie Mercury: Queen live in Hannover, Germany 1979 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Freddie was born in 1946 as Farrokh (Frederick) Bulsara.  He was born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his teens, when he moved to the UK.  The rest is history.


Here is vintage Queen from 1973, a live version of “Keep Yourself Alive” taken from their first album.


Keep Yourself Alive



I say bestowing as the answer was given in about 18 seconds to El Guapo


Perchance this was too easy of a question, or perhaps El Guapo is a musical genius.  This of course means that A Gripping Life had a short but, interesting reign as the goddess of music trivia.  Congratulations El G, you have a chance to consolidate your kingdom on Wednesday.


To the new champ, El Guapo,his first win!


Music Trivia Question for the Day – September 19, 2012

Sun Records

Sun Records (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am going to make a small change to the format.  I am thinking that I can create milk 2 posts a week out of this feature.  Starting on Thursday (tomorrow, Friday in Australia and Thursday thirty in Newfoundland (that’s a Canadian in joke)) I will post the big question.  You will have a couple of days, three if I’m too lazy to post the answer.  I will then post the answer and the winner on Saturday morning.  Is It Possible To See It All, striving to maximize quality content for you the reader.  This leaves me the answer to Monday’s question to tie up the loose end of the old format.

The previous question was:

Q: Sun Records is famous for Sam Phillips discovering and recording Elvis, among others.  What was the first song released by Sun, and by who?

The answer is:

In March of 1952 Sun Records released “Drivin Slow’.  Johnny was a 16-year-old saxophone player and he sounds real good.  It starts a bit slow with some piano, then the sax comes in, and then it takes off.  Pretty good tune.

Drivin’ Slow

We had no winner this time, so Lisa at Gripping Life retains the award, at least until Saturday or Sunday, depending on the hangover.

A Gripping Life – 1 win and retains by default

Music Trivia Question for the Day – September 17, 2012

English: The Beatles wave to fans after arrivi...

English: The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The previous question was:

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?

The answer is:

John Lennon wrote the song and read newspapers to gather some of the snippets in the song.  The Daily Mail on January 7, 1967 had an article about the town of Blackburn, Lancashire having a plan to fill 4,000 potholes.  The Albert Hall came from his imagination and the connector in the line “Now we know how many holes it takes to FILL the Albert Hall came from his friend Terry Dornan.  Up till then he had no idea other than something ____the Albert Hall.

A Day In The Life


A Gripping Life answered the question first and correct.  And she is the proud recipient of the Rebecca (LadyorNot) designed award,  Display it proudly and be ready to defend your title.

A Gripping Life – 1 win

Today’s question will move off the Beatles and move towards Elvis, well Sun Records anyway.

Q: Sun Records is famous for Sam Phillips discovering and recording Elvis, among others.  What was the first song released by Sun, and by who?

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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Let’s Explore The Blues – Georgia Tom

Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Son...

Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Georgia Tom, (Thomas Dorsey) is considered by many to be the father of black gospel music.  He was born in Villa Rica, Georgia in 1899, living to the ripe old age of 93, passing away in 1993.  His early career was spent with such famous blues men as Tampa Red.  Later in his career, he turned to gospel, writing many current standards.  These include “Peace In The Valley” (recorded by Mahalia Jackson) and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand“.  His songs have  been recorded by a veritable who’s who of the music world.  think, Elvis Presley, think Aretha Franklin, even Roy Rogers.  Now to some music.

First up is a blues number sung by the man himself.

Maybe It’s The Blues

This next one is a recording of Mahalia Jackson.

Peace In The Valley

Here is Elvis singing Precious Lord

As a final treat, we have Thomas Dorsey discussing gospel music  and the story behind Precious Lord.  Great stuff.

Let’s Explore The Blues – Tampa Red

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Tampa Red was born in 1904, passing in 1981.  His real name was Hudson Woolridge.  Born in Georgia, his parents died when he was young and he moved to Tampa, Florida to live with his grandparents.  He the took their surname and became Hudson Whitaker.

Red moved to Chicago in the 20’s, taking his silky smooth bottleneck guitar style with him.  He went on to influence a generation of Chicago Blues players.  He teamed up with Georgia Tom, creating most of his music with him.  I will be doing a piece on Georgia Tom next week.  Although they were best known as a team. they were the sum of 2 distinct parts.  Each was a giant.   To continue Red’s story, he kicked around the Chicago scene until he started recording in 1928.  His first recording was “It’s Tight Like That”.  In recording this song,, he started (created) a style…

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Let’s Explore The Blues – Blind Willie McTell

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William McTier was born in 1898 in Thomson, Georgia.  He was born blind in one eye, losing the rest of his sight during childhood.  He began playing in his teens and became proficient with the 12 string guitar using a finger-style.  This was unusual among his contemporaries.  He also played slide guitar. He took the name Blind Willie McTell early in his career.

He was first recorded in 1927 on Victor records.  His recording career was also different from most of his fellow players of the day in that he was still playing and recording into the 1950’s.  As we have seen, most either died young, or quit during the depression and went home.  He was one of the artists that John Lomax put on record for posterity in the Library of Congress, making several recordings of him during the 1940’s.  He died of a stroke in 1959.  During his…

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Let’s Explore The Blues – Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson playing in Chicago, 1941. Origi...

Lonnie Johnson was another of the great 20’s and 30’s blues-men.  The difference in this case is that there is video of him performing his craft.  To get us in the mood for his story, here is Lonnie playing “Another Night To Cry“.

Another Night To Cry

Lonnie’s story begins in Louisiana, where he was born in 1899.  Like most families of that era, tragedy struck early and often.  While on tour in England in 1917, he returned to his home in 1919 only to find that his entire family, except one brother, James, had died in the 1918 influenza epidemic.  They moved to St. Louis, where he honed his craft, eventually winning a blues contest in 1925.  The prize, luckily for us, was a recording contract with Okeh Records.  His career took off at this point, appearing on recordings of such greats as Louis Armstrong, Victoria Spivey and Bessie Smith.

She’s Only A Woman

His guitar style is a jazz-blues mix.  His playing was so different from the standards of the day that he has been widely credited with creating the “guitar solo”.  He also mainstreamed the jazz guitar, showing along the way that is was a practical and important innovation to the blues scene of the day.  A true pioneer.

There is a story that says that Robert Johnson saw Lonnie as his idol.  Some say that a lot of Robert’s songs were merely updated versions of Lonnie’s tunes.  It is also said that Robert used say he was Lonnie’s brother even though they were not related.

He eventually left Okeh Records to begin recording with Decca Records.  He continued to play and tour with the best.  He morphed to the R&B side of things once WW2 ended.  One of his major hits of the time was a song that was later recorded by Elvis early in his recording life.

Tomorrow Night

The Elvis version.

Lonnie ended up in Toronto, Canada where he set up a blues club.  Unfortunately it failed.  In 1969, he was hit by a car.  He never fully recovered, and died in June of 1970.  Prior to his death, he sang a few songs at a benefit concert in his honour.  Players that paid their respects were people like Buddy Guy, Hagood Hardy and John Lee Hooker.

Too Late To Cry

Let’s Explore The Blues – Georgia Cotton Pickers

In my last post we looked at Barbeque Bob (Robert Hicks).  In addition to his solo career, he was also a member of the world’s first supergroup.  He, along with Curley Weaver and Buddy Moss, formed this group in 1930 and recorded a few tunes.  Unfortunately, these were the last songs that Bob ever recorded.

This is their version of Blind Blake‘s “Diddie Wa Diddie”


Here is Ry Cooder‘s version.

This is a take by Leon Redbone.

The next song to listen is a standard called “She Looks So Good”.  You will recognize many songs woven into the fabric of this one.

She Looks So Good

One final tune.

“She’s Coming Back Some Cold Rainy”

This is a version by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  This version is, in a word, sweet.  I want to listen this song on repeat for about a week.

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