Special Sub-Topic: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs (301-325)
|The Young Rascals took their version of the song "Good Lovin'" to the top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the USA during their chart run way back in 1966. Who originally recorded the song?|
The Olympics. The Olympics released "Good Lovin'" on the Loma record label, but the song didn't take off like it did for The Young Rascals when they released it on Atlantic Records. The song spent 14 weeks riding the charts where it eventually wound up number one.
|The Supremes are responsible for our song in at number 324. This song was the only number one hit for The Supremes in the UK, also marking the first time an all-girl group reached number one in the UK. Which song made its mark in England for these ladies? |
Baby Love. This song was written by the song writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. These song writers teamed up to write ten top ten hits for The Supremes in the USA. The song was originally recorded differently, but Motown head, Barry Gordy did not like the original version, so he had the girls go back in the studio to record a "peppier" version of the song. It apparently worked as the song reached number one in the USA, as well as the UK.
|The song "Dancing Barefoot", by the Patti Smith Group, is in at number 323. Patti Smith was born in Chicago, but she made a huge name for herself in the early New York punk rock days. In 1980, Smith married the long time guitarist of another early punk rock outfit named Fred "Sonic" Smith. Which band was "Sonic" best known for?|
MC5. MC5 were one the leaders of the proto-punk movement that began in the late 1960s and lasted until the emergence of the true punk rock style that began in the mid 1970s. Other proto-punk bands included the New York Dolls, The Velvet Underground and The Stooges. Sadly, Fred "Sonic" Smith died in November of 1994 of heart failure, still married to Patti Smith at the time of his passing.
|The Public Enemy classic "Fight the Power" is on this chart at number 322. Public Enemy borrowed their song's title from another band who released a song titled "Fight the Power (Part I)" and "Fight the Power (Part II)". From which group did Public Enemy borrow their title?|
The Isley Brothers. The Isley Brothers' released the "Fight the Power" pair of songs in 1975 on the album "The Heat is On". Public Enemy released their song on the album "Fear of a Black Planet" in 1989. The song was featured on Spike Lee's movie "Do the Right Thing", released in 1989. The film starred Danny Aiello, John Turturro and Spike Lee.
|The song at number 321 was relased November of 1975 by Neil Young on his album "Zuma". The title is a bit odd, but for Neil Young, there's nothing unusual about that. Fill in the blank to this Neil Young classic: "_______ the Killer".|
Cortez. During the 1970s, Neil Young was enamored by the history of the Aztecs, the Mayans and Mexico. The song was written about Hernan Cortes, who in 1518 was trusted with the conquest of Mexico by the governor of Cuba, Diego-Velasquez. Cortes assembled a small group of between 600-700 soldiers, with only 13 muskateers among them, and stormed the coastal town of Tabasco. The story of the attack on the Mexican Empire is quite a fascinating one to read about.
|At number 320, Led Zeppelin makes the list with their second of six songs on the chart. The song is "Heartbreaker" and it's off the 1969 classic album "Led Zeppelin II". Which statement about this song is true?|
The song was not released as a single, therefore it never charted on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the USA.. It's true that the song was never released as a single, therefore it never charted on the Billboard listings.
The song was written by the full band, and not Willie Dixon, although he did write a few songs on the band's debut album.
This song, nor any other Led Zeppelin song, appeared on the soundtrack to "Dazed and Confused". The soundtrack did feature classic songs by Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Foghat among others.
|One of Alice Cooper's most well known songs is "School's Out". Who can forget the rush of that last bell of the school year? This song features a great guitar riff by a long time member of Alice Cooper's band. What was the name of the guitar player responsible for the guitar sound that would be copied by punk and rock artists for years to come?|
Glen Buxton. Although all the guitarists listed have played with Alice Cooper (nee Vincent Damon Furnier) over the years, it was Buxton that penned that classic lick featured in dozens of teen angst movies over the years. Buxton was responsible for many other instnatly recognizable guitar licks including the songs "Is It My Body" and "Under My Wheels". The guitarist passed away in 1997 in an Iowa hospital from pneumonia related complications. His gravestone features the artwork from the "School's Out" album cover.
|Elvis Costello wrote a song that appeared on his "My Aim Is True" 1977 release. The song title is the name of an unidentified female. What name is the title of this Costello penned tune?|
Alison. The album title "My Aim Is True" was lifted from the chorus of the song "Alison". Elvis Costello has negated the rumors that this song is about the murder of a lost love interest, but is instead about the disappointment of relationships.
|Jimmy Cliff has his second song on this chart with song number 317. The song is "Many Rivers to Cross" and it was released in December of 1969. Of the following artists, which recorded a cover version of this song?|
Joe Cocker. Along with Cocker, many other artists have covered this song including Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt, Harry Nillson and Cher. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the movie "The Harder They Come" which also starred Cliff in the leading role.
|The song "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd is an ode to Syd Barrett, the awesomely talented, yet mentally troubled founding member of the group. The song features a great sax solo played by which talented musician?|
Dick Parry. Dick Parry was a childhood friend of David Gilmour's from England. He played on the "Dark Side of the Moon" album as well as the "Wish You Were Here" release. After the band was reformed without Roger Waters, Parry was recruited to play on the "Division Bell" CD and he toured with the band in 1994.
|The Animals had a hit with "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" in January of 1965. The song spent ten weeks on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the US, reaching all the way to number 15. Most people don't realize that this was a cover version of a song recorded a year earlier by a female jazz artist. Who originally performed the song?|
Nina Simone. Nina Simone's version of this song was much slower than The Animals rendition. Simone had one Top 40 in her career, her interpretation of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess". Simone originally aspired to be a classical pianist, she actually studied at the Julliard School of Music. Simone passed away after her retirement while living in France.
|"Comfortably Numb" was featured prominently in the movie "The Wall" in 1979. The song has many interpretations by many different people. Many feel it's about drug use, many feel it's about the alienation of being in a band and many others feel it's about the mental disorders of Syd Barrett. Roger Waters has stated that the song was influenced by a doctor who injected him with a sedative before a concert when he was suffering from hepatitis. In which city did this take place?|
Philadelphia. Roger Waters has publicly discussed this incident on numerous occassions. The word he used for the doctor was "sleazy" because he was paid off by the concert promoter to inject him with a tranquilizer in order to complete the performance. In concert, there was a physical wall constructed while the band played songs from "The Wall". When the time came for the guitar solo, a platform would raise David Gilmour high above the wall and he would play from there in full view of the audience.
|The song "I Put a Spell on You" is one of the standards of the early rock and roll era. The song has been covered by many artists over the years. Who originally recorded the song in 1949?|
Screamin' Jay Hawkins. Screamin' Jay Hawkins was truly a one of a kind performer. From the coffins onstage to his companion flaming skull named Henry, Hawkins practically invented the shock-rock theatrics later used by acts like Alice Cooper, Kiss and Marilyn Manson. Hawkins was a talented boxer as well as a musician. The stories of Hawkins pummeling his musical rivals are legendary.
|The song "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison is on the list at number 312. Which David Lynch movie featured this song on it's soundtrack?|
Blue Velvet. The 1986 movie "Blue Velvet" had quite the assortment of actors including: Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern and Dean Stockwell.
|One of the most distinct sounds in the song "Wake Up Little Susie", by The Everly Brothers is the unique guitar picking. The song was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and the guitar player was a featured studio musician at the time. Who was this soon to be famous guitarist?|
Chet Atkins. The awesome finger picking guitarist was a studio musician in Nashville when The Everly Brothers recorded this song. One unique thing about this song was that it went to number one on Billboard's pop, R&B and country charts. The song was written by the married song writing team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
|Turn on the radio on nearly any classic rock station and listen for an hour and you're sure to hear this Black Sabbath classic. When the song was released as a single in 1971, the song only reached number 52 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart. When the song was released again on Black Sababth's "Reunion" album in October of 1998, it made a huge splash. Which fact is true of the song on the relased version of the song "Iron Man"?|
It won a Grammy award in 1999 for Best Heavy Metal Performance.. Although the song didn't have much chart succes upon its re-release, it did indeed win Black Sabbath their first Grammy award. The album was pretty successful though, it did reach number 11 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
|Tina Turner has had quite a storied and checkered past. From her early days with her ex-husband Ike Turner, to her long and popular solo career, TIna has wowed the masses with her high energied performances and youthful looking long legs. Her first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US is also the song at number 309 on this list. What was it?|
What's Love Got To Do With It?. In addition to becoming Turner's first number one single, the song won her two Grammy awards as well. She won Best Female Pop Vocal and Record of the Year with this song. The same year, she also won the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal with the song "Better Be Good To Me".
|Jackie Wilson was one of the most influential soul singers of his era. His song "Lonely Teardrops" was one of the first songs written by Motown's founder Berry Gordy. Before Wilson hit chart success as a solo artist, he replaced a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member in the vocal group Billy Ward and the Dominoes. Which soul legend did he replace?|
Clyde McPhatter. In one of the more tragically ironic events in music history, Jackie Wilson collapsed on a New Jersey casino stage while performing this very song in 1975. Actually he collapsed at the lyric that says "my heart is crying", which makes the event even more eerie. Wilson went into a coma after his heart attack, a coma he remained in until 1984 when he finally died.
|The story of Frankie Lymon is a sad story, indeed. His greatest selling single was written by him as a 13 year old teen-ager, but the profits went to his manager Morris Levy. What is the name of this song, the only song by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers to reach number one on Billboard's Black Singles chart in the US?|
Why Do Fools Fall In Love?. Sadly, Lymon died in 1968. He was poor and a heroin addict at the time of his death. He was only 25 years old.
|The song at number 306 on our list is titled "That's Entertainment" and was released in 1980 on the album "Sound Affects". The song was written by Paul Weller. Which band recorded the album that produced this song?|
The Jam. The Jam were formed in Surrey, England in 1975 and made quite an impact on the British Punk invasion. The group was formed by the talented Paul Weller and although they didn't have much success in the US, they were highly regarded in their native England. After the group disbanded, Weller went on to form the Style Council.
|The James Brown classic "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" was co-written by Brown and his saxophonist/band leader. What was this colorful horn players name?|
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis. All of the artists listed were saxophonists in funk bands, but only Pee Wee Ellis played with James Brown.
Charles Miller was a saxophonist in the band War.
Dennis "D.T." Thomas played his sax for Kool & the Gang.
Chet Washington was the sax player for Earth, Wind & Fire.
All these individuals have been dubbed as being head and shoulders above their peers in the funk world, but my favorite funk saxophonist was another member of James Brown's band, a sizzling sax player by the name of Maceo Parker.
|The Beatles make another appearance on this list at song number 304 with their classic "With a Little Help From My Friends". Which artist covered this song at the original Woodstock?|
Richie Havens. I'll bet everyone was ready to answer Joe Cocker for this question. Am I right? Well, you would all be correct. Joe Cocker closed out his five song set with this song. However, on the opening day of the festival, Richie Havens was the first man to hit the stage. Apparently, Havens was a fan of The Beatles. In addition to his rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends", he also performed "Hey Jude" and "Strawberry Fields Forever". Rounding out his set were the songs "High Flyin' Bird", "I Can't Make it Anymore", "I Had a Woman", "Handsome Johnny" and "Freedom".
|The Rolling Stones classic "Ruby Tuesday" was released in January or 1967 on the "Between the Buttons" album in the US. However, the song did not appear on the British version of the album because it had already been released as a single. Where was the first Ruby Tuesday restaurant opened in 1972?|
Tennessee. A young lady named Sandy Beall and four of her University of Tennessee friends were contemplating where to eat dinner one evening and they started discussing where they might dine. No local restaurants sounded appealing to them, so they sort of fantasized about the perfect restaurant. Well, after some careful planning and a little luck, they opened their first restaurant near the University of Tennessee and the restaurant chain has prospered ever since.
|Willie Nelson's version of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" was his first number one hit on Billboard's Country and Western singles chart. The song was written by the song writing legend Fred Rose, which is odd since Nelson made his start as a prolific song writer. Which artist was the first to record this song?|
Roy Acuff. Roy Acuff teamed up with Fred Rose primarily because Acuff realized that there were great profits to be had in the music publishing game, and Rose already had an extensive collection of songs under his belt. Acuff recorded the song sometime in the mid 1940s. Willie Nelson released the song in 1975 on his "Red Headed Stranger" album. In addition to this reaching number one on the country and western chart, the song also reached number 21 on Billboard's Pop Sinles chart.
|Rod Stewart had a song titled "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" which was written by him and co-written by his drummer, Carmine Appice. Apparently, another person should have received a writing credit as well. Stewart was sued, and lost, a plagiarism lawsuit that proved another artist, a Brazilian song writer named Jorge Ben, came up with the main riff of the melody. Stewart agreed to donate his proceeds from the album to charity. Which charity benefited from the Stewart/Appice faux paus?|
UNICEF. UNICEF, or the United Nations Children's Fund, was established in December of 1946 after World War II had left Europe's children without food or care. In 1953, UNICEF became an integral department of the United Nations. In 1965, UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "the promotion of brotherhood among nations". Since then, UNICEF has continued to grow worldwide as one of the most active and deserving charities in the world.
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