Tuesday, April 21, 2009

1970's rock n' roll lyrics quiz answers

More about the songs follows the answer key.... (The original quiz is posted here.)

1. Last Dance, Donna Summer (1978)
2. It Never Rains in Southern California, Albert Hammond (1972)
3. Let's Stay Together, Al Green (1972)
4. Lady Marmalade, Labelle (1975)
5. For the Love of Money, The O'Jays (1974)
6. Hello It's Me, Todd Rundgren (1973)
7. (They Long To Be) Close To You, Carpenters/Burt Bacharach/Hal David (1970)
8. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce (1973)
9. Desperado, Eagles (1973)
10. I'm Every Woman, Chaka Khan (1978)

and the rest...... (Note: all the links were valid at the time of the original quiz posting on facebook. Occasionally, videos will be pulled from YouTube, so they may no longer exist at the given link when you click.)

1. "I need you, by me, beside me, to guide me, to hold me, to scold me" is from Last Dance, Donna Summer (1978)
Hint: One of The Four Seasons
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cPIT_T3mYU
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=8131
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Dance_(song)

Written by Paul Jabara for the 1978 movie "Thank God It's Friday", winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and then becoming a huge hit on its own. "Last Dance" was one of the first disco songs to also feature slow tempo parts, a technique that Donna Summer later used a number of times. She won a Grammy with this song for Best Female R&B Vocal.

2. "All that talk of opportunities, TV breaks and movies rang true, sure rang true" is from It Never Rains in Southern California, Albert Hammond (1972)
Hint: April showers
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pyC7WnvLT4
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3137
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Never_Rains_in_Southern_California

Yes, it does.

Written by Hammond and Mike Hazlewood in London, before they came to Los Angeles together. The two also co-wrote The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe." Hammond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008.

3. "Why, why do people break up, turn around and make up, I just can't see" is from Let's Stay Together, Al Green (1972), Tina Turner (1984)
Hint: Red, orange, yellow, ....
Video (AG): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjUkQCvOIJU
Video (TT): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L7j0W1KTe0
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=6186
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let%27s_Stay_Together_(song)

Written by Al Green, along with drummer Al Jackson Jr. and producer Willie Mitchell. Reverend Al's version topped Billboard's R&B chart for 9 weeks and the Hot 100 for 1 week. Rolling Stone magaine ranks it as the 60th greatest song of all time. Tina Turner had been off the charts for a decade when her version was released in early 1984 and marked her comeback, 4 months before her monster hit "What's Love Got To Do With It" was released.

4. "She said 'Hello, hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?' " is from Lady Marmalade, Labelle (1975), All Saints (1998), "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack (2001)
Hint: Not jam nor jelly
Video (Labelle): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZejEpoNiy0w
Video (All Saints): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL9vxWMWJsA
Video (Moulin Rouge): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYMsA-jv1tw
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1393
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_marmalade

Bob Crewe, previously best known for co-writing and producing numerous 4 Seasons hits, wrote this with Kenny Nolan. The song came about after Crewe made first-hand -- ahem! -- observations of the red light district in New Orleans. The song also went to #1 with two covers: All Saints (UK) and Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink ("Moulin Rouge" film soundtrack, US) The phrase "voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" in an English context can be traced back to the 1922 e.e. cummings poem "little ladies more."

5. "Well, you wanna do things, do things, do things, good things with it" is from For the Love of Money, The O'Jays (1974)
Hint: Bread or maybe cabbage?
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRYsRLSrvuo
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3830
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Love_of_Money

Written by the architects of the Philadelphia R&B/soul sound of the 1970's, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, along with bass guitarist Anthony Jackson. The song's title comes from a well-known (and oft misquoted) Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV): "For the love of money is the root of all evil."

6. "I take for granted that you're always there, I take for granted that you just don't care" is from Hello It's Me, Todd Rundgren (1973)
Hint: Knock, knock
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsezr0qiFIc
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=5871
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Rundgren

Originally recorded by Rundgren's late 1960s band The Nazz with a slower, downbeat tempo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dwSOoQXgQU

7. "Why do stars fall down from the sky every time you walk by?" is from (They Long To Be) Close To You, Carpenters/Burt Bacharach/Hal David (1970)
Hint: Time to build some cabinets.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6inwzOooXRU
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2132
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(They_Long_to_Be)_Close_to_You

"Close To You" was released as a single or on an album by Richard Chamberlain, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach before -- in some cases many years -- the Carpenters released their smash hit version. Earned a Grammy for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. The song has been used in three episodes of "The Simpsons", as well as in "The Simpsons Movie."

8. "All the downtown ladies call him treetop lover, all the men just call him sir" is from Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Jim Croce (1973)
Hint: This song is not good, not good.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqYkCJaBAyA
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2250
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad,_Bad_Leroy_Brown

Went to #1 ten weeks before Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana on Sept. 20, 1973. The inspiration for the song was someone that JC had known in the U.S. National Guard in 1966: "I met him at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.....one evening he turned around and said he was really fed up and tired. He went AWOL, and then came back at the end of the month to get his pay check. They put handcuffs on him and took him away. Just to listen to him talk and see how 'bad' he was, I knew someday I was gonna write a song about him."

9. "Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy, she'll beat you if she's able" is from Desperado, Eagles (1973)
Hint: Are the singers bald?
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsLylyEoLDo
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=458
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desperado_(song)

One of the Eagles signature songs, though it was never released as a single. The song was forming within Don Henley in the late 60's, but it didn't come together until he teamed up with Glenn Frey. The Eagles started out as backup musicians for Linda Ronstadt, who did a well-known cover of "Desperado."

10. "It's all in me, I can read your thoughts right now, every one from A to Z" is from I'm Every Woman, Chaka Khan (1978), Whitney Houston (1992, "The Bodyguard" soundtrack)
Hint: Genghis?
Video (CK): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z56l7ZN2w0Q
Video (WH): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daurx_aCFEI
Lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/chaka+khan/im+every+woman_20028809.html
Stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=14065
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%27m_Every_Woman

Written by the husband and wife team of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Chaka Khan's first hit outside of her recordings with funk band Rufus. A teenaged Whitney Houston and her mother Cissy sang background vocals on CK's 1978 release. WH's version served as the theme to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from 1994 to 1996.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Who Am I? quiz answers

Scoring: Give yourself a point if you correctly identified the personality. Then, if and only if you got the personality right, give yourself another point if you correctly identified whether he died in the 1960's. So if you missed the face, it's a zero for that question. (The original quiz is posted here.)

1. Secretary of State Dean Acheson
Died during the 60's? NO, 1971

2. Pro football player Eugene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb
YES, 1963

3. Composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein
NO, 1990

4. Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom
YES, 1967

5. General Douglas MacArthur
YES, 1964

6. Singer Nat "King" Cole
YES, 1965

7. Dr. Albert Schweitzer
YES, 1965

8. Actor James Dean
NO, 1955

9. Author/philosopher Aldous Huxley
YES, 1963

10. Poet Robert Frost
YES, 1963

11. Comedian Lenny Bruce
YES, 1966

12. Film director Alfred Hitchcock
NO, 1980

And a big "Way to go!" if you recognized Eugene Lipscomb or Aldous Huxley. Also, recognizing an elderly Douglas MacArthur or a shriveled Robert Frost is pretty good too.

Friday, April 10, 2009

1960's Quiz Answers

Give yourself 1 point for each correct part of each answer. For example, the Chicago Seven question is worth up to 7 points. The point value of each question is shown. The total for the test is 58.

The quiz is posted here:

1. (East of) Anchorage, Alaska, (March 27, 1964, 8.4 Richter) 1 pt.

2. Elizabeth Taylor, for “Butterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), and Katharine Hepburn, for “The Lion in Winter” (1968) and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” (1967) 6 pts.

3. 1966, Texas Western (now known as University of Texas, El Paso, or UTEP) 2 pts.

4. Jury tampering. 1 pt.

5. (a) Strange, (b) Twiggy = Lesley Hornby, Malcolm X = Malcolm Little 3 pts.

6. Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Donald (Deke) Slayton, Alan Shephard, Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Scott Carpenter 7 pts.

7. Christiaan Barnard, Louis Washkansky, Cape Town, South Africa 3 pts.

8. Bethel, NY (at Max Yasgur’s Farm, of course!) 1 pt. Give yourself a point for either Bethel or Yasgur.

9. Nixon/Henry Cabot Lodge (1960), Goldwater/William Miller (1964), Wallace/Curtis LeMay (1968) 3 pts.

10. (a) Jack Gilford, (b) Chesterfield 101 cigarettes 2 pts.

11. Robert Goulet 1 pt.

12. (a) USS Maddox, (b) Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening 3 pts.

13. Los Angeles Coliseum (1967), Miami Orange Bowl (1968, 1969) 3 pts.

14. “Ben Casey”: man, woman, birth, death, infinity 2 pts. (1 for Ben Casey, and 1 if you got at least 3 of the symbols)

15. Trick question: None…. The Monkees were formed specifically for the TV show 1 pt.

16. (a) Movie theater, (b) London, England 2 pts.

17. Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, Dave Dellinger, Lee Weiner, John Froines. (Bobby Seale was NOT one of the seven. His trial was severed from the others.) 7 pts.

18. San Francisco, 1966 (August 29th at Candlestick Park.) 2 pts.

19. (a) Spiro Agnew, (b) John Lennon (or The Beatles), (c) Chicago mayor Richard Daley, (d) General William Westmoreland, (e) John Kennedy 5 pts.

20. The Stone Poneys, “A Different Drum”, Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees) 3 pts.