Tuesday, May 19, 2009

1960's rock n' roll lyrics quiz answers

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

1. Good Lovin', The Young Rascals (1966)
2. Unchained Melody, The Righteous Brothers (1965)
3. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), Betty Everett (1964)
4. Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell/Judy Collins (1968)
5. Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison (1967)
6. Summer in the City, The Lovin' Spoonful (1966)
7. This Guy's In Love With You, Herb Alpert/Burt Bacharach/Hal David (1968)
8. Wild Thing, The Troggs (1966)
9. Michelle, The Beatles (1965)
10. Mrs. Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel (1968)

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. "He said 'yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah... yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah'; yes, indeed, all I really need" is from Good Lovin', The Young Rascals (1966)
Hint: M.D.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1QWk0gd8K0
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=6185
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Lovin%27

Another hit by Rudy Clark, this time teamed with Arthur Resnick. Good Lovin' was originally recorded by The Olympics (Western Movies) in 1965, barely scratching the Top 100, then The Young Rascals -- they were still "Young" at the time -- took a faster, more frantic version to #1 the following year. Later on, became a staple for The Grateful Dead.

2. "Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea, to the open arms of the sea" is from Unchained Melody, The Righteous Brothers (1965, 1990) + countless others
Hint: McDonald's, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-idDbIfGvw
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1928
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unchained_Melody

This song hit the Top 40 six -- yes SIX -- different times in the rock era: In 1955, by Les Baxter (#1), Al Hibbler (#3), Roy Hamilton (#6) and June Valli (#29); The Righteous Brothers in 1965 (#4) -- actually, a Bobby Hatfield solo -- and then again resurrected in 1990 for the movie Ghost (#13, #19.... a different, second version was also cut for distribution). The song was written by Alex North and Hy Zaret for the forgettable 1955 prison movie Unchained ...but Unchained Melody was nominated for Best Original Song and it lives on as one of the most recorded songs of all time. (BTW, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing won the Oscar.)

3. "Is it in his eyes? Oh no, you'll be deceived. Is it in his eyes? Oh no, he'll make believe" is from The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), Betty Everett (1964)
Hint: Gene Simmons?
Video (Betty): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQvMBFZUk84
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=5271
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shoop_Shoop_Song_(It%27s_in_His_Kiss)

Written by mail carrier turned songwriter Rudy Clark. Originally recorded by Raelette Merry Clayton in 1963. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDKwz6Oeh4g Betty Everett's previous single You're No Good failed to crack the Top 40, but Linda Ronstadt took it to #1 in 1975. Cher's version of Shoop, Shoop was recorded for the 1990 film Mermaids. (And I'll add that Betty's duet with Jerry Butler of Let It Be Me is mystical.)

"Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way you feel" is from Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell/Judy Collins (1968)
Hint: Clouds
Video (Mitchell): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcrEqIpi6sg
Video (Collins): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIfDIrhfz4o
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=7968
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Both_Sides_Now_(song)

The song had its origin as Joni Mitchell watched clouds through an airplane window, inspired by a passage in Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King. This was the first hit for both Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, the latter winning a 1968 Grammy for Best Folk Performance.

5. "skippin' and a-jumpin', in the misty mornin' fog with our hearts a-thumpin' " is from Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison (1967)
Hint: Let's play a new game
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFXcHD0z3ZY
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2359
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Eyed_Girl

Brown Eyed Girl was Van Morrison's first single after leaving his position as lead singer for the Belfast band Them (G, L, O, R, I, A Gloria.) This was originally written as Brown Skinned Girl, Morrison changing the title and words when he recorded it. A for-radio version of the song was released which excised the lyrics "making love in the green grass", replacing them with "laughin' and a-runnin'" from a previous verse. Morrison claims that due to the contract he signed with Bang Records without legal advice, he has never received any royalties for for writing or recording this song.

"Till I'm wheezin' like a bus stop, runnin' up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop" is from Summer In the City, The Lovin' Spoonful (1966)
Hint: 95/95 (degrees and humidity)
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWXcjYNZais
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=5854
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_in_the_City

Written by Mark Sebastian -- John Sebastian's brother -- and Steve Boone. While in high school, Mark submitted the original version of the lyrics as a poem to a literary magazine. The first car horn heard during the instrumental bridge is from a Volkswagen Beetle. This was the Spoonful's only #1 hit..... but also #2 with Daydream and Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind, all within a 4 month period.

"I've heard some talk, they say you think I'm fine" is from This Guy's In Love With You, Herb Alpert/Burt Bacharach/Hal David (1968), Dionne Warwick (1969)
Hint: Come blow your horn
Video (Alpert): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WZjqdPVaI0
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1811
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Guy%27s_in_Love_with_You

Alpert originally sang This Guy's in Love with You on a 1968 Tijuana Brass television special. In response to overwhelming viewer telephone calls, the song was released as a single and reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts, remaining on top for four weeks. It was not only Alpert's first #1 record, but it was also the first #1 record for his A&M record label. (Alpert was the "A"; Jerry Moss was the "M".) In 1979 Alpert would become the first (and only) artist to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with both a vocal performance and an instrumental performance (Rise.)

"You make my heart sing, you make everything groovy" is from Wild Thing, The Troggs (1966), Senator Bobby (1967)
Hint: Sendak knows where they are
Video (Troggs): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-yhyxvNC1g
Video (Senator Bobby): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-WpnRfG4VA
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1791
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Thing_(Chip_Taylor_song)

Written by Chip Taylor, who also wrote Angel of the Morning. The Troggs version prominently features an ocarina. Because of a distribution dispute, their single was released on two competing labels: Atco and Fontana. Because both versions were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales, making it the only single to reach #1 simultaneously for two companies. The 1967 version by Senator Bobby (The Hardly-Worthit Players) was done as a sendup to then U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy.

"Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble" is from Michelle, The Beatles (1965)
Hint: Ma belle amie?
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBwGmOexmNo
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=91
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_(song)

This French lyric "sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble" and the English translation "...are words that go together well" both appear in the song. Michelle was introduced on the Rubber Soul album, but was never released as a single. It won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1966, which was seen as something of a triumph for the Beatles, who had been nominated the previous year in nine categories, but were totally shut out.

"Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes" is from Mrs. Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
Hint: Benjamin ♥ Elaine
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVdJ5_X2dUQ
Lyrics & stuff: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1283
More stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs._Robinson

Only snippets of the final version of the song (first appearing in the 1968 album Bookends) were written when Mrs. Robinson was included in The Graduate. According to a 2005 Variety article.... Paul Simon played for director Mike Nichols a few notes of a new song he had been working on. "It's not for the movie... it's a song about times past — about Mrs. Roosevelt and Joe DiMaggio and stuff." Nichols advised Simon, "It's now about Mrs. Robinson, not Mrs. Roosevelt."