Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Seasons in Songs
|A group called Katrina and the Waves closes out this summer songs quiz. They had a hit in 1985 that reached Number Eight on the US Billboard charts that really epitomizes the good feelings and great memories so many of us have about past summers.
What's the title of the feel-good song this group recorded?
(I hope you're all doing this all summer long!)||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
Walking On Sunshine. Katrina and the Waves originally recorded "Walking On Sunshine" in 1984 and released it solely in Canada. It received poor reviews and very little airplay so they re-recorded it to different music, put it out again in 1985 and it became a big summer success. I certainly don't wish any of you are "Burning At The Beach", "Crying The Sun Away", or "Wishing Summer Would End", but I'm definitely hoping you all have a safe, cheerful summer while spending all of your time "Walking On Sunshine".
|Kid Rock hit it big recently with "All Summer Long". What I like most about this summer tune is that he combined two great hit from two classic musical artists.The songs he combined were "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Werewolves of London".
Which two artists originally recorded the two songs that Kid Rock combined to make his own smash summer hit?||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Warren Zevon. It's not too hard to pick out Lynyrd Skynyrd for their hugely famous hit "Sweet Home Alabama", but Warren Zevon wasn't as popular so throwing Frank Zappa in there might have stumped you a bit. I can't say I'm a big fan of Kid Rock, but any artist who can take two great classic tunes and throw them together to come up with a great toe-tappin', knee-slappin', finger-snappin' hit like "All Summer Long" is cool in my books.
|"I'm a-gonna raise a fuss, I'm a-gonna raise a holler,
About a-workin' all summer just a-tryin' to earn a dollar"
These are lyrics from a great hit from 1958 called "Summertime Blues" that was written by a young artist who died in a car accident on April 16, 1960.
What's the name of the artist who had us singing, "There ain't no cure for the summertime blues"?
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Eddie Cochran. More than fifty years after his tragic death, Eddie Cochran still has us singing this great summer hit. And fifty years after it came out, there's still a lot of truth to words. Eddie was killed in London after the taxi he was in struck a pole and he was thrown through the windshield. His fans in the UK showed their love and respect for him by turning his song, "Three Steps to Heaven", into a Number One hit posthumously.
|This artist fits into our summer quiz because of her name, but with five Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards, as well as being the first artist to score three Number One double-albums among other things, I'm sure we could find a song among her twelve gold singles and eighteen double-platinum albums that relates to the quiz subject.
What artist am I referring to that obviously 'works hard for her money'? ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
Donna Summer. With a career that has spanned six different decades, the multi-talented LaDonna Adrian Gaines, or Donna Summer, has earned her title as "The Queen of Disco". Donna has even scored an Oscar for her song "Last Dance", from the 1978 film, "Thank God It's Friday". In line with the quiz theme, Donna released an album in 1976 called "Four Seasons of Love" which included the songs "Spring Affair", "Autumn Changes", "Winter Melody", and "Summer Fever".
|A movie from 1959, called "A Summer Place", gave us the very smooth and easy-listening instrumental score, "Theme From a Summer Place", which still holds the record for the longest-running number one instrumental hit ever on the Billboard Top 100 chart. It's a record that spans over five decades.
Which great instrumental composer recorded "Theme From a Summer Place"?||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
Percy Faith and his Orchestra. I still love Percy Faith and his Orchestra's performance of "Theme From a Summer Place". The movie wasn't the greatest but Percy's music helped it's popularity. His musical theme won a Grammy award in 1961, becoming the first movie instrumental theme to accomplish the feat. Percy Faith, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, released an astonishing eighty albums and thirty-four singles in only twenty-three years. He died in 1976 at the age of sixty-seven leaving behind many great summer memories for all his fans.
|A lot of great summer songs came out of the 1960's. What quiz about "summer music" would be complete without mentioning the monster hit from 1966, "Summer in the City"? The tune included the sounds of a honking horn from a Volkswagon Beetle and pneumatic jackhammers, giving it that real city feeling.
What's the band's name that gave us the still popular "Summer in the City"? ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
The Lovin' Spoonful. "Summer in the City" by The Lovin' Spoonful quickly reached Number One in 1966 on the Billboard Music charts and over forty years later, ranks number 393 on Rolling Stone's "List of the Top 500 Songs of All-Time". The band has had three other songs used as opening numbers in different movies with two of the movie directors being Woody Allen's "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" and Francis Ford Coppola's "You're a Big Boy Now". What a great tune "Summer in the City" is for conjuring up summer memories. "Hot town! Summer in the city. Back of my neck gettin' dirty and gritty. Cool town! Evening in the city. Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city."....
|Those who reminisce about the summers in the 1960's are sure to remember the smoky-voiced Nat King Cole singing this finger-snapping, toe-tapping, thigh-slapping hit that is still a great summer tune. He sang about a certain type of summer celebration that we all loved then and long for to this very day.
What type of rhyming ritual was Nat crooning about in this 1963 smash hit? ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer. "Roll out those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer..those days of soda and pretzels and Beer!" The song is certainly a great song for calling up old memories of summers in the 60's. Nathaniel(Nat) King Cole wasn't able to enjoy the moments he gave us through his music as he died at the young age of 45 from lung cancer. It was his love for crooning that caused his early death, because he believed it was "Kool menthol cigarettes" that gave him his soft baritone-textured voice, so he'd smoke several of them before every performance and was known to light one up whenever he had a break between numbers. Thanks for the memories Nat. (March 17, 1919 - February 15, 1965)
|The song "Summer Nights" was included in the massively successful 1978 teeny-bopper movie musical, "Grease". The movie stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, who as a duo, perform the song during the movie. Anyone who is a fan of "Grease" will remember them singing the hit tune.
Who are the characters that Travolta and Newton-John play in the movie? ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson. Even if you didn't like the movie "Grease", it made the summer of 1978 a great one to remember because so many young couples of that era related to the twosome of Danny Zuko(John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson(Olivia Newton-John). "Summer Nights" reached Number Five on the U.S. Billboard Top 100, yet it spent seven weeks at Number One in the UK, while the movie's other big summer hit, "You're the One That I Want" spent nine weeks on the UK charts jostling with "Summer Nights" for the two top spots for sixteen weeks straight. Can you remember the summer of '78?
|Don Henley of the Eagles wrote and recorded a huge song that hit Number One on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts. The song's title was taken from Roger Kahn's 1972 non-fiction book of the same name about the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, yet the tune had nothing to do with baseball.
What's the title of this 1984 hit that makes it fit well into this quiz? ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
The Boys of Summer. Don Henley earned a Grammy for Best Male Vocalist with his chart topper, "The Boys of Summer". Don stated in an interview that the song had nothing to do with baseball and was more about reflecting on his nostalgic view of aging, love, and the time we all seem to waste in trying to find that perfect time, place, and partner, only to discover later in life that a hundred great opportunities passed you by. "The Boys of Summer" was actually composed by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was released in 1984 on Henley's album, "Building the Perfect Beast".
|The Swedish band, Ace of Base, recorded the song "Cruel Summer" in 1998. It reached Number Ten on the Billboard Top 100 and hit Number Eight on the UK music charts. Interestingly, that's the same position it reached when it was released by the band who originally wrote and performed the song in 1984.
Who was the 'slippery' group who originally released "Cruel Summer"?||Remembering Songs of the Summer #1
Bananarama. "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama wasn't an instant success. It wasn't until it was included in the musical score for the 1984 movie, "The Karate Kid", that it started receiving regular airplay. The other choices were Strawberry Alarm Clock, which was a pop band from the 60's, "Raspberry Beret", which was a song released by the artist Prince, and The Banana Splits, which is actually the name of a kid's band in the early 70's from a t.v. program of the same name.
|"See the curtains hangin' in the window, in the evening on a Friday night.
A little light a-shinin' through the window,lets me know everything is alright.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine..blowin' through the jasmine in my mind,
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine..blowin' through the jasmine in my mind.
Who's the duo that gave us the soul-soothing ballad, "Summer Breeze"?
(one member of this duo lost a brother, who was part of another great twosome, to cancer in 2009) ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
Seals and Crofts. James Seals and Dash Crofts gave us "Summer Breeze", one of the most laid-back, easy-listening summer songs in existence. James' brother Dan, of England Dan and John Ford Coley fame, passed away March 25, 2009, which explains the clue. Seals and Crofts, who are members of the Ba'Hai Faith, released their eighteenth album, "Traces", in 2004. "Summer Breeze" is one of my all-time favourite summer tunes and I'm hoping the summer breeze that you meet this warm season "makes you feel fine and flows through the jasmine of your minds".
|In 1970, a British pop-blues band, led by Ray Dorset, came out with a song that epitomizes the carefree days of summer. "In The Summertime" quickly went to Number One in the UK and Canada and topped out at Number Three on the U.S. Billboard Top 100.
What funky-named group gave us a classic feel-good hit, "In The Summertime"?
(remade in 1995 by Shaggy(with Rayvon), and released on his album "Bombastic")||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
Mungo Jerry. Their funky group name was inspired by the poem "Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer", from the "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot. It was a true 'summer classic' in every sense of the word because it talked about hot weather, sunny days, cruising, and partying! It reached Number One in twenty-six different countries and has sold over thrity million copies. It's hard to go through a week during any summer without hearing this popular tune on a classic pop & rock station. The founder of Mungo Jerry, Ray Dorset, is still putting out the tunes as Mungo Jerry despite being the only original member left.
|The song "Summertime", an aria composed by the late great George Gershwin for the 1935 opera "Porgy and Bess", has the honourable distinction of being re-recorded, replayed, remade, and resung, by over one hundred different musicians and groups, including Ray Charles, The Doors, Billie Holiday, and even Paul McCartney.
Which 1969's "Woodstock" artist also performed this extremely popular tune?
(a lot of people got the 'Kozmic Blues' when the artist died in 1970)||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
Janis Joplin. 1969's "Woodstock" was not a happy affair for Janis Joplin and her 'Kozmic Blues Band'. Because of a ten hour delay, her $200-a-day heroin habit had her going into withdrawal. Since nobody was able to tell her when she was going to get to play, she cranked up and started drinking whiskey and by the time she hit the stage, she was described as being "three sheets to the wind". Despite her short time in music, she left many with nostalgic summer memories of the era. Janis Lyn Joplin, born September 13, 1943, left this world on October 4, 1970, after overdosing on a mixture of almost 100% pure heroin and alcohol, at the young age of twenty-seven.
|How can one write a summer songs quiz and not include Alice Cooper's 1972 anti-education smash hit, "School's Out"(For Summer)? We use to love singing along;
"No more pencils...No more books...No more teacher's _____ _____!"
What two words are missing from that summer rock ballads' lyrics?||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
dirty looks!. I'll bet everyone of you who can remember that ONE teacher from your entire 'educational career' who could fire "dirty looks" in your direction so scary and intimidating that if "dirty looks could kill", you wouldn't be here today! The song "School's Out" came from Alice Cooper's (born Vincent Furnier) 1972 album of the same name. The inspiration for the hit tune came about from a question asked of him by a fan, with that question being, "What's the greatest three minutes of your life"? Nearly forty years after its initial release, it still receives tons of summer airplay and why not? The memories of another school year ending were the greatest three minutes for millions of us.
|"Girls in Their Summer Clothes" was a hit song from this extremely successful musician's 2007 album, "Magic". The album was his sixth Number One hit record of his career and since then, he's even compiled his seventh Number One hit album.
What famous American music superstar am I referring to?
(one of his guitarists played a gangster in all six seasons of "The Sopranos")||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
Bruce Springsteen. Steven Van Zant, who played "Silvio Duarte" for all six seasons of the multi-Emmy award winning t.v. series, "The Sopranos", also plays in Bruce Springsteen's "E Street Band". Bruce's music was still so loved and enjoyed that he was able to celebrate his 60th birthday with his seventh Number One album. This summery song by Springsteen won the Grammy as 2009's Best Rock Song, and came as a complete surprise to Bruce who read about his award in the newspaper on Monday morning! Maybe he missed the awards ceremony because after all, sixty-one year old rock stars need their beauty rest too.
|Released in May of 2000, the song "Summer Moved On", became this Norwegian's first single in six years. As well as being a great summer song, it's also noteworthy as it gave the lead singer Morten Harket a European record for the longest note ever held in a Top Forty Pop song at 20.2 seconds.
Can you pick the name of the group that gave us the song, "Summer Moved On"?
(you might end up 'hunting high and low' for this answer)||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
A-ha. "Hunting High and Low" was the title of the debut album for the Norwegian group known as A-ha. Two massive hits came from that 1982 album, "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines On T.V.", which were two great summer cruising hits in their own right. "Summer Moved On" came from the 2000 album "Major Earth Minor Sky", and had been hastily written two years earlier to help complete the album so the group could separate, as they no longer wished to play together. On a strange note, they very reluctantly agreed to play two songs together in 2002 as part of a European Music Festival, with "Summer Moved On" being one of the songs. The audience reaction was so heartfelt and overwhelming by the performance, that A-ha decided to re-unite to give the band another shot, and it has paid off with three more top forty albums.
|The world lost an awesome pop/folk singer and humanitarian in a 1997 airplane accident while flying in his ultra-light craft. He had many songs that had a summer theme but only one song in his huge repertoire actually used "summer" in the title, and that was a song simply called "Summer".
What famous 'be-spectacled country boy' gave us the song titled "Summer"?
||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
John Denver. John Denver was born John Deutschendorf Jr. on Dec.31, 1943, and died on October 12, 1997, at 53 years young. His song "Summer" is a beautifully penned ballad and was first performed on a television special in 1975, "An Evening With John Denver", for which he won an Emmy Award for being the year's most outstanding musical special. His list of chart-topping hits is too numerous to mention, but few of us don't have at least one favourite John Denver tune that has made at least one of our summers more memorable to us.
|These lyrics are from a song titled "You Took the Words Right Outta My Mouth."
"It was a hot summer night and the beach was burnin',
There was fog crawlin' over the sand.
As I listened to your heart I heard the whole world turnin',
I see the shooting stars falling through your tremblin' hands."
What group sang this 1977 huge hit song?
(the lead singer was born Marvin Lee Aday)||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
Meatloaf. Despite his famous moniker, Marvin Lee Aday HATES Meatloaf. "Meatloaf"'s debut album, "Bat Out Of Hell", is the third highest best-selling record in music history. In 1978, he took the act to Toronto and during a performance, he fell from the stage breaking his leg. Did that stop him? He finished the concert and the rest of the bookings from a wheelchair to round after round of standing ovations. In the 1990's Meatloaf made a comeback with "Bat Out of Hell II" which went straight to Number One, sold over 20,000,000 copies, and is considered to be the greatest musical comeback in history by Rolling Stone, Billboard, and many other industry leaders in music.
|This band was formed in 1967 in Bedfordshire, England, and forty years later is still fronted by the original guitarist and vocalist, Ian Anderson. Not associated with 'summery' music, the group did indeed make the "Top 100 Summers Songs" list with "Summerday Sands".
With their most famous work being "Aqualung", which band am I referring to?
(named for the 18th century agriculturist, not Jed Clampett's simpleton nephew)
||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull was a historically important agriculturalist who invented the horse-drawn seed drill, which had a huge effect on how farmers have developed modern agriculture. Jed Clampett's goofy nephew, "Jethro Bodine", had nothing to do with the naming of the band. "Summerday Sands" was released as the B-side of the single "Minstrel in the Gallery" in 1975, from the album of the same name and made it to the Hot 100 chart. Probably only Jethro Tull's biggest fans would remember the song, "Summerday Sands", yet with the band surviving over four decades in music, the song deserved a spot in the quiz.
|"Hot Fun in the Summertime" reached Number Two on the U.S. pop Charts in 1969 for this band who had a high-profile performance at Woodstock, earlier in the year. The band was the first fully racially integrated group in the history of music.
What's the name of the group who performed "Hot Fun in the Summertime"?
(the nickname of the actor who plays "Rocky Balboa" in the "Rocky" movie series)||Remembering Songs of the Summer #2
Sly and the Family Stone. Sylvester Stallone played Rocky Balboa and often goes by the name "Sly" Stallone. Sly and the Family Stone was considered to be one of the most memorable acts from Woodstock 1969, and quickly rode their success to a string of hit tunes and albums. But the group's leader, Sly Stone, acquired a voracious appetite for drugs and soon the Family's music became too dark and race-related for their fans, and by 1975, they couldn't even sell 20% of their tickets for a show at Radio City Music Hall in New York, so the group, tired of the unpredictable behaviour of their wired-out leader, voluntarily disbanded. But their song, "Hot Fun in the Summertime", is included in "Rolling Stones" Best 100 Summer Songs of All-time List in the Number Three spot.
|We've got a long way to go before we're singing these lyrics.
"Summer's almost gone, Summer's almost gone,
We had some good times, But they're gone.
The winter's comin' on, Summer's almost gone."
Which group, whose lead singer mysteriously died, performed this somber, but memorable summer hit?
(despite some reunions, the tragedy marked 'the end' of the group's popularity)||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
The Doors. July 3, 1971 marked the death of Jim Morrison, and after that, The Doors just weren't the same ever again. So as the clue suggests, it was sadly, "The End" (title of one of the group's greatest hits) of the band's live tours. Even though The Doors' remaining members toured for a couple of years following Jim's death, they couldn't recapture the mystique and strangeness that went along with Morrison's odd behaviour at so many of their shows. Nevertheless, the popularity of their albums never waned. They last recorded an album in 2000, and not surprisingly, it did very well. The Doors have sold over 75 millions albums worldwide and with that amount of sales comes endless summer memories.
|Although I'm not a big fan of newer music, the 2001 song "Summer Jam", is a good dance tune with the light and airy feeling of summer. It's got the capacity to leave younger folks with the type of summer memories we had because it can evoke images of summer intertwined with the pining of youthful lovelorn hearts.
What's the name of the group that performs the bouncy and fun, "Summer Jam"?
(the name makes me think of an older animated cartoon series)
||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
The Underdog Project. "Have no fear! Underdog is here!" Does anybody remember the cartoon series "Underdog" from the 60s? Anyway, the group we're looking for is The Underdog Project. "Summer Jam" has been a huge success for this German Band that began their career in 2000. The song, from the album of the same name, was on every major European radio station's music rotation at one point. Great summer memories come to people of all ages so let's hope that this song brings back some great seasonal thoughts to our younger quiztakers and fans of newer music, and maybe even to lovers of that great animated program, "Underdog", as well.
|"Someone, Somewhere in Summertime" is a great 1982 summer song. Yet, the group that performed it are likely responsible for a lot more summer memories because of a Number One hit song from a very popular 1985 movie about five very different young people who are forced to spend Saturday in detention.
Which very successful group gave us "Someone, Somewhere in Summertime"?
(Ally, Anthony, Emilio, Judd, and Molly)
||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
Simple Minds. The group is Simple Minds, the popular movie is none other than "The Breakfast Club". and the clue referred to the first names of the main actors. The hit theme song was "Don't You (Forget About Me)". "Someone, Somewhere in Summertime" is definitely a great summer memory song, but I'd have to say that it's "Don't You" that conjures up the most summer memories for me. On the other hand, it was the song "Someone, Somewhere..." that opened the door to Simple Minds' musical success.
|These are lyrics from the 1988 song "Endless Summer Nights".
"Summer came and left without a warning,
All at once I looked and you were gone,
And now you're looking back at me,
Searching for a way that we can be..Like we were before."
Which artist gave us that hit song from his debut album of the same name?
(in 1989, he was calling himself a 'repeat offender') ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
Richard Marx. "Endless Summer Nights" became a Number Two in 1988 on the Billboard Top 100 for Richard Marx, despite he and his music being ignored by almost every recording company in the business. EMI-Manhattan was quite happy he'd been ignored, because they signed him and four of the singles from his debut album reached the top three positions on Billboard's Top 100 as well as Billboard's Album Rock Charts, making him the first artist to accomplish the feat. The four songs were: "Endless Summer Nights"-(Number Two), "Don't Mean Nothing"-(Number One), "Should've Known Better"-(Number Three), and "Hold Onto The Nights"-(his first Number One Pop Single).
|This artist formed a brilliant career playing with different musicians on every one of his twenty-nine studio albums and compilations. His 1979 song, "Summer Lady", from his album, "Marathon", is one of the dozens of summer hits he's released. I can't remember a single summer without hearing one of his tunes drifting over the airwaves.
What master guitarist gave us the 'smooth' ballad, "Summer Lady"?
('why don't you and I' wrack our brains to choose the correct answer?)
||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
Carlos Santana. All these choices are considered "master guitarists", but the question mentions "Smooth"(Number One in 1999) while the clue alludes to "Why Don't You And I"(Number Eight in 2003), both of which were huge hits for Carlos Santana, arguably the greatest guitarist ever. Since starting out as The Carlos Santana Blues Band in 1967, he has seen over eighty different band members come and go, which is testament to his guitar skills and musical versatility. The often changing band members was not a result of in-fighting or dissatisfaction within the band, but was due more to Santana's internal drive to challenge his craft, as well as efforts to bring Latin Rock to the world.
|In one of my previous quizzes, I mentioned Kid Rock's huge summer hit, "All Summer Long". But "The Kid" wasn't the first to gain a hit from a great summer tune with that title, as an album of the same name was released by one of the all-time consummate summer fun bands.
What very popular summertime group released the 1964 album "All Summer Long"?
(I remember driving my little deuce coupe listening to this band on the radio)
||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
The Beach Boys. Writing a quiz about summer songs and not mentioning The Beach Boys is like talking baseball championships and not including the New York Yankees. The clue about "Little Deuce Coupe" should have had the band's name lighting up your noodle like a neon ad display. The Wilson Brothers and the rest of the band members were North America's answer to The British Invasion and it doesn't matter where you live in the world, not a summer goes by without summer music lovers finding themselves whistling the hit, "I Get Around", humming "Little Deuce Coupe", or belting out "Surfin U.S.A.". Summer without The Beach Boys just isn't summer!
|In 1965, the song "Summer Wind" was released by the Las Vegas stalwart of music, Wayne Newton. Unnoticed, it was re-released a year later by a member of the Rat Pack. In addition to great success on music charts, it was used in commercials, movies, t.v. programs, and was covered by several notable artists such as Barry Manilow and Lyle Lovett.
Which "Rat Pack" member achieved big success with his version of "Summer Wind"?
(his nickname came from a physical feature)||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra, often referred to as "Old Blue Eyes",(re: the clue's "physical feature") enjoyed more success from "Summer Wind", than most musical artists get from an entire career and came from his standout album, "Strangers In The Night". It's been recorded by Shirley Bassey and Johnny Mercer, as well as the afforementioned Manilow and Lovett. It was sung by Martin Prince in an episode of "The Simpsons", was the inspiration for Irish band Westlife's album, "Allow Us To Be Frank", and was included in the soundtracks of the 1999 movie, "For Love of the Game, the 2003 film "Matchstick Men", and was the theme song for the 1984 film, "The Pope of Greenwich Village". "Summer Wind" deserves to be included in my quiz series, "Remembering Songs of the Summer".
|The Swedish super group ABBA is likely still conjuring up summer memories by the millions whenever one of their hit tunes come over the FM airwaves. The lesser-known song, "Our Last Summer", was inspired by a girl Bjorn Ulvaeus met one summer while still a teenager.
From which studio album, ABBA's seventh, does "Our Last Summer" come from?
(ABBA wasn't Canadian, but they could still 'raise a little hell')||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
Super Trouper. The clue was tough. How many of you remember the song "Raise A Little Hell" by the Canadian band *Trooper? *Trooper as in Super *Trouper? Nevertheless, the Swedish group ABBA had one of the most memorable and influential musical careers that went from 1972 - 1982. ABBA is a fixture of radio play lists and is one of the world's best-selling bands, having sold over 375 million records worldwide. Almost three decades after their breakup, they are still averaging sales of 2.5 million albums per year. There are very few people, regardless of their ages, who can't name at least one ABBA hit that inspires one or more great summer memories.
|From a 1975 album called "Face The Music" came a song, "One Summer Dream". It never got released until 1978 as the B-side of a 45rpm that had "Mr. Blue Sky" on the A-side. Charlie Waters of Rolling Stone Magazine said "One Summer Day" was "a trifle sentimental, but lyrically and musically, it displays more emotion and pure ability than one ordinarily hears from a rock group.
What group from Birmingham, England, gave us this summery sensation?
(please don't bring me down by getting this one wrong) ||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
Electric Light Orchestra - (ELO). The clue should have given it away for ELO, the Electric Light Orchestra, as "Don't Bring Me Down" is one of their greatest hits. The name came from referring to electric musical instruments and that they used a 'light orchestra' in their recordings. (small orchestral group of three or four non-electric instruments). The album, "Face The Music", has macabre cover art, featuring an electric chair showered by stage lights. In 1978, ELO did a 92 concert tour, which became the highest-grossing live-concert tour ever up to that time.
|Love him or hate him, you've got to admit Bob Dylan is one of the most influential musicians ever. In 2001, he gave us one of his many summery songs with "Summer Days" from the album "Love and Theft", but we can be sure there are thousands of summer memories attributed to his incredible musical repertoire.
We know him as "Bob Dylan", but what was his full birth name?||Remembering Songs of the Summer #3
Robert Allen Zimmerman. Robert Allen Zimmerman, born May 24, 1941, is better known as "Bob Dylan". His career has spanned from the late 50s right through until 2010, meaning he has entered into his seventh decade of music. The song "Summer Days", mentioned before, came from his 2001 release called "Love and Theft", with the album being voted as the best of the decade by some notable musical charts. Approaching 70 years old, Bob shows no signs of slowing down, releasing a Number One album in August, 2006, at age 65, "Modern Times", and another Number One record in 2009, at age 68, "Together Through Life". I never was a Dylan fan, but his 1978 release, "Street Legal" was a favourite of mine.