Special Sub-Topic: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs (101-125)
|The most popular version of the song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" is the one released in 1960 by The Shirelles. In 1962, a legendary heavy metal singer recorded the song with his band The Prophets. Which singer was it? |
Ronnie James Dio. The Shirelles version of the song was an instant hit which reached number one in the US on Billboard's Hot 100. The song was written by the songwriting team of Goffin and King, the hit makers responsible for many number one singles for Motown. This song was the first number one hit for a black, all girl group.
One of Ronnie James Dio's earliest bands was Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. Their line-up lasted for approximately five years which saw them release several singles and one full length LP. One of the singles was "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". After Dio's involvement with The Prophets, he wend on to metal god status as the vocalist for Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as an extremely successful solo career.
|One of the greatest albums in The Rolling Stones discography has to be "Beggar's Banquet". The song at number 124 on our list, "Jumpin' Jack Flash", can be found as the lead-in track to this great album.|
f. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" was not released as a single from any LP from The Rolling Stones, instead it was released as a 7" single with "Child of the Moon" on the B-side. The first album that contained the song was "Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)" which was released a full year after the single.
It has been reported that The Rolling Stones have played "Jumpin' Jack Flash" in every concert tour since the song was released, making it the song played most often live in concert. The song was influenced by Keith Richard's gardener, Jack Dyer, who Richard's would often call "Jumpin' Jack".
|Song number 123 is "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" by the soulful James Brown. According to the lyrics, man was responsible for some key inventions. Which of these were not included in his lyrics?|
airplane. Also included in his list was "the boat for the water, like Noah made the ark". Some people have claimed that this song is entirely chauvinistic and masculine. I think it is actually the opposite. With all the successes and objects man has made, Brown states that "it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl". It is this sentiment that shows that all of these great achievements mean little without the presence of a woman.
|Which of the following statements is true regarding the single "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals?|
This was the first song over four minutes long to reach number one on the US Pop Singles chart.. When The Beatles put their first single on the US Pop Singles chart in 1962, no other UK band could knock them from their perch until The Animals did it with "House of the Rising Sun" in 1964.
Before The Animals released this song, they had two other singles chart on the US Pop Singles chart; "Gonna Send You Back To Walker (Gonna Send You Back To Georgia)" reached number 57 and "I'm Crying" reached number 19, both in 1964.
Eric Burdon did not write this song. This song has roots going back to the 1920s. The exact author of the song has been disputed over history.
Eric Clapton did not record this song on his debut. It was Bob Dylan who recorded the song on his debut release.
|"Stand By Me" is the classic standard by Ben E. King. This song has been covered by many performers over the years. My personal favorite is the John Lennon version. Which country artist recorded a version of the song to be included on the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack?|
Mickey Gilley. John Lennon's version of the single actually reached number 20 on the US Pop Singles chart. The song was also used in the movie "Stand By Me", the Rob Reiner directed film starring River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell.
For an interesting cover of this song, dig up the 1964 release by Muhammad Ali (he released the song as Cassius Clay) with "I am the Greatest" on the flip-side.
Ben E. King wrote this song as a member of The Drifters. When the group passed on the opportunity to record the song, King took it with him when he went solo and recorded it during the "Spanish Harlem" sessions.
|"I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5 is on the list at number 120. This song was the first single by the Jackson 5 released on Motown, the first to reach number one on the US Hot 100 and the first Jackson 5 single recorded upon their move to Los Angeles. The song was written by a group collectively known as The Corporation. Who did this group refer to?|
Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell and Deke Richards. Most music critics would describe this as the perfect song to jump start a career in music. The song has also been described as the perfect pop single by many writers. The song was originally intended for Gladys Knight and the Pips with the title "I Wanna Be Free". Berry Gordy changed the title and gave it to the Jackson 5 with his full support of turning it into a hit single. The song has a great beat which has been sampled by artists like Jay Z, Kriss Kross and Lil' Romeo.
|"Go Your Own Way" was written by Lindsay Buckingham as a very public observation of his and Stevie Nick's relationship ending. The song was also the first single released from which highly successful Fleetwood Mac album?|
Rumours. This song, released on Fleetwood Mac's album "Rumours" in 1977, was written while not only Lindsey and Stevie were breaking up, but also during the dissolution of John and Christine McVie's marriage.
The song was the first single released by the band from the "Rumours" album. It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the US. "Rumours" went on to become one of the greatest selling albums of all time, with sales totals in excess of 19 million.
|"Shout (Parts 1 & 2)" is the song released by The Isley Brothers in 1959. The song was portrayed in the movie "Animal House" by a fictional house band. What was the name of the band?|
Otis Day and The Knights. The song was played during the toga party in the movie "Animal House". Otis Day and The Knights were a fictional band, but the bass player in the group was none other than Mr. Robert Cray.
Morris Day and The Time were featured in a movie, but it was Prince's "Purple Rain". The other incorrect answers were made up by me.
Although the original song by The Isley Brothers only had moderate chart success, the song became the group's first gold record. The song is still popular today. It has been used in advertisements for the laundry detergent named Shout. The song is also played at numerous sporting events, particularly after a touchdown scored by the Buffalo Bills, a US NFL team.
|The song "Take Me to the River" is mostly known as the cover version by The Talking Heads. The original version, and the one at number 117 on this list, was originally written and recorded by another artist. Who was the originator of this song?|
Al Green. Al Green wrote this song for the album "Al Green Explores Your Mind (The Right Stuff)" released in November of 1974. This song was written in a very troubled time of Green's life. He wanted to write a therapeutic song which would provide a little stability in his life.
Since The Talking Heads 1978 release of the song, many jam bands have included it as a staple of their live concerts. I have seen the Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Gov't Mule and Levon Helm perform this song live over the years. The song was featured in the film "The Commitments".
|"Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones was released a day after Brian Jones' passed away. It also marks the first song with Mick Taylor on guitar as several guitar parts were overdubbed onto the track before the single was released. What was the title of the song from "Let it Bleed" which is described as the country version of "Honky Tonk Women"?|
Country Honk. "Country Honk" was actually written first, but it was not available until five months later when "Let it Bleed" was released. Ry Cooder maintains that the riff for the song is his.
Brian Jones did play on this song, but due to drug abuse and alcoholism, he was fired from the band and replaced with Mick Taylor. Jones passed away the day after the song was released. He was found dead in his swimming pool at his home in the UK. Many accusations and claims have been made surrounding his death. None the less, Jones was considered part of musical royalty, his work and music highly revered. After his death, Bob Dylan provided his casket and artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Jim Morrison released songs or poems in his memory.
|Sam Cooke released the song "You Send Me" in 1957. The song reached number one on both the Black Singles and Pop Singles chart in the US. In which popular gospel singing group had Cooke been a member before his solo release? |
The Soul Stirrers. The Soul Stirrers were a very popular group in the gospel genre. The Soul Stirrers formed in Texas in 1926 and they have evolved ever since. The group simply swaps younger singers for the older members and continues making music to this day. In addition to Sam Cooke, The Soul Stirrers also once included Lou Rawls as a member.
|The Crystals released "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" in 1963. The song reached number three on the US Hot 100 while it was a number five hit in the UK. Who was the legendary producer for this song? |
Phil Spector. This is one of the earlier examples of Spector's recording style which would become known as the Wall of Sound.
The Crystals were an all-girl group from Brooklyn, NY. The group formed in 1961 and disbanded by 1966. Other classic hits from The Crystals include: "Then He Kissed Me", "He's a Rebel" and "Uptown".
|Song number 113 on this list is by The Drifters. "Up on the Roof" was written by the team of Goffin and King for the group to record in 1962. After the September 11 attacks of New York City, a concert was held titled The Concert for New York City. During this concert, a lovely rendition of the song was performed by a performer who had also covered the song in 1979. Who is the artist? |
James Taylor. On October 20, 2001, a benefit concert was held in New York at Madison Square Gardens to support victims and families of 9/11. The event was as emotional and electric as one would imagine with only five and half weeks passing since the tragedy. Paul McCartney would be the man to organize the event. Performers and contributors included The Who, Elton John, James Taylor, Jay-Z, Howard Stern, Rudolph Giulliani, Kid Rock, Destiny's Child, Billy Joel, Melissa Etheridge, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Adam Sandler, John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Backstreet Boys, The Goo Goo Dolls and many others.
|In my opinion, the song at number 112 on the list is where rock and roll started. When Elvis strapped on his guitar and the band recorded "That's All Right", a new music genre was born. By fusing a classic blues tune with the R&B that was becoming popular in the early 1950s, Elvis put himself, and rock and roll, on the musical map. Who originally recorded this blues song in 1946?|
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. You'll never hear me state that Elvis was the best artist of early rock and roll, but I do believe he was the most important. Everything about him from his appearance, his sound and his presence turned the world on its ears when he burst onto the scene.
Big Boy Crudup originally titled this song "That's All Right, Mama" (Elvis left off the "Mama" for his release). In addition to this song, Elvis also recorded two other Crudup tunes, "My Baby Left Me" and "So Glad You're Mine". Crudup was born in Forest, Mississippi, less than 200 miles from Tupelo, MS (Elvis' birthplace) which might explain Elvis' liking of Crudup's music.
|Elvis Presley once stated that the song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" was one of the saddest songs he had ever heard. Hank Williams wrote this song in 1949, but only put it on the B-side to his single "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" partly due to its sad and artful lyrics. Many people have covered the song over the years, but only one NFL quarterback released the song as a single. Which player, who actually had a mildly successful recording career in country and gospel songs, recorded this Hank Williams classic?|
Terry Bradshaw. Believe it or not, Terry Bradshaw, Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, recorded and released six albums of gospel and country music. In 1976, Bradshaw's version reached number 17 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.
Hank Williams wrote this song while experiencing troubles with his wife, Audrey Sheppard. This song is the second oldest song on this list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
|"I've Been Loving You Too Long" is as soulful a ballad as you'll ever want to hear. The song was released in April 1965 on Volt Records. It was co-produced by Steve Cropper. Who performed the song? |
Otis Redding. Otis Redding, who tragically died in a plane crash at the age of 26, recorded this song after hearing Jerry "Iceman" Butler messing around with it in a Buffalo, New York hotel room. As only Otis Redding could do, he put his vocal style on the song, resulting in the biggest hit he had while he was still alive. The song was covered by The Rolling Stones, a version that did have some commercial appeal, but it paled in comparison to the Redding original.
|You're just coming home from a karaoke bar and you've heard a nice rendition of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" and decide you'd like to have the song, and maybe hear some other songs from Morrison. Which CD should you purchase at your locally owned record store?|
Blowin' Your Mind!. "Blowin' Your Mind!" was Morrison's debut single released in 1967 on Bang Records. Morrison claims this is not an actual album because the songs were only recorded to be released as singles, not in LP form. Morrison also claims that he has never received royalties from the album after transferring rights to the songs to Bang Records in a contract he signed without proper legal representation.
|The song "Little Red Corvette" should have been written in at least a Chevrolet. What type car was Prince sitting in when he reportedly wrote this song?|
Ford. Lisa Coleman, a member of Prince's band The Revolution, owned a pink Ford Edsel. During a recording session for the "1999" album, Prince was dozing in her vehicle and the idea for the song struck him. He formed the main hooks for the song while sleeping, now that's talent. This went on to become the song that really pushed Prince over the brink of success. The album "1999" was a smash including this song, the title cut, along with "Delirious" and "Let's Pretend We're Married".
|The song at number 107 was a hit single for Buddy Holly and The Crickets in 1957. It's also the first single released by the Canadian rock band Rush in 1973. Can you name it?|
Not Fade Away. Rush released a single in 1973, the A-side featured a cover of Holly's "Not Fade Away", the B-side featured "You Can't Fight It", the first Rush original to be released.
Holly's song was a critical success when it was released as the B-side to "Oh Boy!" although it never charted on any US charts. The Rolling Stones did a decent version of this song in 1964 which was the band's first real in the US and UK.
|This song is the only song written by Bob Dylan to chart at number one on the US Hot 100 Singles chart, however, it was not the version recorded by Dylan that reached the top of the charts. It was a cover version by another band. Do you know the song?|
Mr. Tambourine Man. When Bob Dylan released this song on his 1965 album titled "Bring it all Back Home", it was not released as a single. Since the song was actually written in 1964, The Byrds had been exposed to the song and they wanted to record it. They released their version only two weeks after Dylan released his. The Byrds took the song to number one on the Pop Singles chart in both the US and the UK.
The Byrds had a knack for taking Dylan compositions and giving them a unique sound. Other Dylan covers by The Byrds include: "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", "The Times They Are a-Changin'", "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and "Chimes of Freedom".
|Which song by Simon and Garfunkel contains the following lyrics:
"I am just a poor boy and my story's seldom told
I've squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles,
Such are promises
All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear"?
The Boxer. "The Boxer" has been described by Paul Simon as his response to the way he felt during a difficult time in his life. He was seeking direction and trying to overcome critics who were "beating him up" over his music. This song was the first song performed live on "Saturday Night Live" after they resumed broadcasting after the 9/11 attacks. The show producers felt this would be a fitting way to show that the city was ready to come back fighting after such a tragedy.
|Stevie Wonder recorded the song "Living for the City" in 1973 on his epic "Innervisions" album. The song is an obvious commentary on race relations in the US at the time. The lyrics describe a young man growing up in the southern US, then leaving for a proposed better life in New York. Which state did the bus leave, with our main character onboard, bound for NYC?|
Mississippi. Our character leaves from "hard time Mississippi" before he "spends his life walking the streets of New York City". The song is quite an emotional portrait of what it was like living in small, southern towns in the United States as an African American person.
The song was a huge success for Stevie Wonder. The song won a Grammy for Best R&B song, and the album it came from also won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
|One of the only disco generation songs to make this list is Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". This is probably one of the best songs from the disco generation, and actually one of Summer's better vocal recordings. The song isn't totally disco though, as a rock and roll artist recorded the guitar solo in the song. Which band was the guitarist once a member of?|
The Doobie Brothers. Jeff Baxter, who was in The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, goes by the nickname Skunk. Jeff also played with Jimi Hendrix in a band named Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. In addition to a stellar musical career, Baxter also chairs a Congressional committee, the Civilian Advisory Board for Ballistic Missile Defense. He is also heavily involved in several other forms of national defense as a private consultant. He hold several top secret clearances. I hope they're at least listening to some Doobie Brothers while discussing matters of national defense.
|The song "Be-Bop-A-Lula" was recorded by Gene Vincents and his ____ ____. Can you complete Vincent's band name?|
Blue Caps. Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded this song in 1956. The song reached number seven on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the US. It is reported that the song was written by Vincent as he lay in a hospital bed after nearly losing his leg in a motorcycle accident.
Many acts have recorded this song over the years including both John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Even Elvis covered this song.
It has also been reported that Vincent named his band, The Blue Caps, after the hat President Eisenhower wore while playing golf. Now that's patriotism!
|Number 101 on this list belongs to Jimi Hendrix. It's fitting that the song "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" be the last question because it was the last song Jimi ever played in a major concert. The show was called Open Air Love and Peace. In which country did Jimi make his final appearance before his death on September 18, 1970?
Germany. The concert was on September 6, 1970 and it was held at Isle of Fehmarn, Germany. In addition to Hendrix, the show also featured Ten Years After and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Jimi faced a very unruly crowd at this show with several German biker gangs basically at war with one another during the show.
Jimi's show was recorded and released as a live album. The set list included both new and old songs from Jimi including: "All Along the Watchtower", "Purple Haze", "The Killing Floor" and "Spanish Castle Magic".
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