Special Sub-Topic: Trains on Tracks
|Which iconic country singer hears "that train a'coming"? |
Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash recorded the song "Folsom Prison Blues" in 1955, according to Sun Records discography. The song then became a highlight of the show he performed at Folsom Prison in 1968.
|This leading glam rocker of the 1970s and 1980s must have been on the right track as he traveled from "Station to Station". Who is it?|
David Bowie. The first 30 or so seconds of the track evoke the sound of train travel, before David Bowie indulges in some self-referencing with "The Return of the Thin White Duke" in the opening line.
|This Australian folk group must been looking for something as they caught the train for Morningtown. Who is it?|
The Seekers. The Seekers formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1962 and released the song "Morningtown Ride" in 1966. The band was jointly honoured as "Australian of the Year" in 1967. Their distinctive lead singer Judith Durham was later awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to music.
|A protest singer he may have been, but it seems this gent was in no hurry as he waited for the "Slow Train". Who does this refer to?|
Bob Dylan. "Slow Train" is from the 1979 album "Slow Train Coming", a public testament by Dylan to his new-found born-again Christianity. Like his "conversion" to the electric guitar in the 1960s, many of his fans struggled with Dylan's change in direction.
|Which international guitar legend went "Missing...presumed having a good time" to dabble in country music and the "Railroad Song" with "The Notting Hillbillies"? |
Mark Knopfler. "Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time" was the Notting Hillbillies' only album.
|Which Blues legend released "Amtrak Blues"?|
Alberta Hunter. Alberta Hunter was just 83 when she cut this classic Blues album in 1978.
|What piano-playing singer-songwriter liked to spend "Night time in the switching yard"? (Perhaps there were werewolves!) Who was this?|
Warren Zevon. Warren Zevon's 1978 "Excitable Boy" album is an under-appreciated masterpiece, with almost each song on it a classic (headlined by "Werewolves of London"). "Night Time in the Switching Yard" is probably the least accessible of all the tracks.
|Which Australian town is home to The Blues Train?|
Queenscliff, Victoria. Queenscliff, Victoria hosts the regular event, promoting it as one steam train, four carriages and Australia's best Blues musicians.
|Which American "ho-bo" singer got the "Boxcar Blues"?|
Boxcar Willie. Boxcar Willie was actually born Lecil Travis Martin, in a rail-side shack in Texas in 1931. It's no surprise then that the railway was an influence throughout his singing career.
|What train did Glenn Miller and his Big Band swing aboard?|
Chattanooga Choo Choo. This classic track by big band/swing legend Glenn Miller was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996.
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