Special Sub-Topic: Folk Duos of the '60s
|This sister act achieved minor success with a song called "Winken, Blinken and Nod" before one went on to superstardom as a pop singer and songwriter. James Taylor was once married to the more famous sister, and the Heinz company used one of her big hit songs in a ketchup commercial. Who were these singing siblings?|
The Simon Sisters. Carly and Lucy Simon recorded a few obscure albums for Kapp records before Lucy married in the late 'sixties, breaking up the act. Carly's hit "Anticipation" became the Heinz Ketchup song. She married Taylor in November of 1972, and they divorced in 1983. Father, Richard Simon, co-founded the Simon and Schuster publishing company. Lucy later wrote the music for the Broadway show "The Secret Garden."
|Songs penned by both members of this influential Canadian duo found greater success when covered by acts like the Searchers and the Wee Five, and later by Judy Collins and Suzy Bogguss. How were they professionally known in the early 'sixties?|
Ian and Sylvia. After splitting up, both professionally and personally, Ian and Sylvia continued to pursue independent recording careers. Ian Tyson, an ex-rodeo cowboy, divides his time between music and his ranch in Alberta, and Sylvia (Fricker) Tyson went into broadcasting. Ian's song "Someday Soon" was a hit for both Judy Collins and Suzy Bogguss, and "You Were on My Mind," written by Sylvia, hit big for the Wee Five. The Searchers are one of the many, many acts who have recorded Ian's beautiful "Four Strong Winds."
|The untimely death of one in a car accident abruptly silenced this popular folk-gospel duo in August of 1966. Who were they?|
Joe and Eddie. Being black, the duo of Joe Gilbert and Eddie Brown were somewhat unusual for the 1960s folk scene. Their unique arrangements and delivery made them immensely popular in the 'sixties, and still highly collectable today. It was tenor Joe Gilbert who was tragically killed in a car wreck in August of 1966.
|Half of this duo was Joan Baez's younger sister, and the other half was Carolyn Hester's ex-husband, Richard Fariņa. What was her first name?|
Mimi. Eight years her senior, Richard was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1966 leaving Mimi a widow at the ripe old age of 21. There were three Baez sisters, Mimi, Joan and Pauline. Mimi succumbed to cancer in 2001.
|Although accomplished musicians and singers, this duo could never seem to finish a song. Which one used to say, "Mom always liked you best"?|
Tommy Smothers. More famous for their CBS variety show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" Tom and Dick began their television career in 1965 with a little-remembered situation comedy called "The Smothers Brothers Show." Dick played a publishing executive and Tom was his bumbling deceased brother who had come back as an angel in training. It ran for only one season.
|What was the name of the folk duo in Christopher Guest's mockumentary "A Mighty Wind" played by Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara?|
Mitch and Mickey. Written by Michael McKean and his wife, actress Annette O'Toole, Mitch and Mickey's song from the movie "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. The duo, an amalgam of characteristics reminiscent of the husband and wife duos of the 'sixties, performed in character at the 76th Academy Awards show; however "Into the West" from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" walked away with the Oscar.
|Although this couple performed and toured together, and were thought to be romantically linked in the early 'sixties, they did not record together as a single act. Who were they?|
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. In 1968 Joan married David Harris, a prominent anti-war protester eventually imprisoned for draft evasion. Later that same year she released the album "Any Day Now" made up exclusively of Bob Dylan songs, many of which Dylan had not yet recorded himself. Harris and Baez divorced in 1973. They have one son, Gabriel Harris.
|What duo's recording "At the Gate of Horn" was one of the most influential folk albums of the early 'sixties?
Gibson and Camp. Bob Gibson has been credited as being one of the greatest musical influences during the folk revival of the early 1960s. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary, the Kingston Trio, Glenn Yarbrough, and Joan Baez. "Bob" Hamilton Camp began an acting career at age twelve in a Boris Karloff film called "Bedlam." His musical career began in 1960, when he paired up with Gibson.
|Jim & Jean were Jim Glover and Jean Ray, who recorded a couple of albums for Verve in the 'sixties but never achieved much commercial success. Jim, who also played guitar, had been in a duo called the Sundowners with which more well-known songwriter?
Phil Ochs. Jim Glover and Phil Ochs were roommates at Ohio State at the time of the Sundowners. Besides their own duo, Jim and Jean worked briefly with Andy Williams' backup group, the Goodtime Singers.
|When folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel first began to collaborate, they were known by another name, also the name of well-known cartoon duo. What was it?
Tom and Jerry. Paul was Jerry Landis and Art was Tom Graph. Song promoter Sid Prosen came up with the name. Their first single "Hey Schoolgirl" peaked at number 54 on Billboard's Hot 100 and sold over 100,000 copies.
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