Special Sub-Topic: What Kind of Car Was It?
|A group called The Playmates had a hit song in the late 1950s with "Beep Beep". There were two cars mentioned in the lyrics of the song. One was a Cadillac. What was the other?|
Nash Rambler. "While riding in my Cadillac, what to my surprise, a little NASH RAMBLER was following me about one third my size. The guy must have wanted to pass me up
as he kept on tooting his horn. I'll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn. Beep beep, beep beep, his horn went beep beep beep".., goes the first verse of the popular 1958 song that reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in July that year. The song was a novelty song with the Cadillac and the Nash Rambler (a very small compact car that was popular at the time) speeding down the highway with the Rambler "beeping" the Cadillac all the way. They speed up to 120 miles per hour and the Rambler finally pulls alongside the Cadi and asks the driver how to get the car out of second gear. Funny stuff at the time.
|What car was Daddy going to take away in the Beach Boys 1964 hit "Fun, Fun, Fun"?|
T-Bird. "Well she got her daddy's car and she cruised through the hamburger stand now,
Seems she forgot all about the library like she told her old man now,
And with the radio blasting goes cruising just as fast as she can now,
And she'll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the T-BIRD away...", is the first verse of the Beach Boys classic that shot to number five on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the spring of 1964. The Ford Thunderbird (T-Bird) was in its heyday during this period.
|What make of vehicle was the 'Woody' that Jan and Dean were singing about in the catchy tune called "Surf City"?|
Ford. "I bought a '30 FORD wagon and we call it a woody (Surf City, here we come)
You know it's not very cherry, it's an oldie but a goodie (Surf City, here we come) Well, it ain't got a back set or a rear window, but it still gets me where I want to go...", so the Woody was a 1930 Ford. Woody was a term used for vehicles built mostly in the 1930s and 1940s that actually had wood paneling on their sides. Most were station wagon types. Jan and Dean's "Surf City" was a tune written by The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. It was a number one tune on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the summer of 1963.
|When Wilson Pickett sang this tune in 1966, there was a new car which had become wildly popular since its initial release as a 1964 1/2 model. This very sporty vehicle was in the title of the tune as well as the lyrics. What car was this?|
Mustang. "MUSTANG Sally, think you better slow your Mustang down. Mustang Sally, think you better slow your Mustang down. You been running all over the town now.
Oh! I guess I'll have to put your flat feet on the ground..." is the first verse of this Wilson Pickett classic from 1966. Allegedly the song started a joke when actress and singer Della Reese expressed an interest in purchasing a new Mustang in the mid 1960s. The writer of the tune and original singer, one Mack Rice, composed a tune and called it "Mustang Mama", but on the suggestion of Aretha Franklin, the title was changed to "Mustang Sally". There are also those who think that Mustang Sally is a woman who is "all over town" so to speak. Pickett's version of the tune got to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and number six on the R & B charts.
|Jan and Dean make another appearance on the quiz singing a 1964 hit about a senior citizen from a California city with a penchant for the gas pedal. If you know the title and the lyrics, you should be able to get this one. What car was mentioned in the song?|
Dodge. "The little old lady from Pasadena has a pretty little flower bed of white gardenias, but parked in a rickety old garage is a brand new shiny red Super Stock DODGE..." These lyrics provided the start of a smash hit for Jan and Dean called "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" in 1964. It made it to the number three position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the summer of that year. The Dodge brand was synonymous with muscle cars during the 1960s.
|What kind of car did Janis Joplin ask for in her 1970 tune?|
Mercedes Benz. "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a MERCEDES BENZ? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?" These are the beginning lyrics of the song with the same title. The song is also known as "The Politician". Joplin recorded the well known a capella version in one take just days before her death in 1970. Although the song never charted on Billboard, it appeared on her posthumous album called "Pearl" in 1971, and is one of her most well known tunes.
|Don McLean's "American Pie" has a famous line about a vehicle driven to a levee that was dry. What vehicle was it?|
Chevy. "Bye, bye Miss American Pie drove my CHEVY to the levee but the levee was dry,
them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye singing' this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die..." That's the chorus of the tribute song by McLean that recounts the "day the music died" (The deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper in 1959), and became one of the most recognizable songs of all time. The song spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1972.
|The Eagles mentioned a particular truck in one of the verses of "Take It Easy". They were standing on a corner somewhere in Arizona. What kind of truck was passing by?|
Ford. "Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona such a fine sight to see,
It's a girl my lord in a flat-bed FORD slowing down to take a look at me,
Come on, baby, don't say maybe I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me..." This is the second verse of "Take It Easy" which was a big hit and first single release for The Eagles during 1972. The song got to the number 12 position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is one of the group's most recognizable tunes.
|Prince had a tune in which he mentioned a sporty little vehicle in both the title and the lyrics. What red car was this?|
Corvette. "Little red CORVETTE Baby you're much too fast, Little red Corvette you need a love that's gonna last.." This is one of the chorus lines from Prince's "Little Red Corvette", a 1982 single which reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It is believed that it is a metaphor for a promiscuous young woman who sleeps around.
|In the 1984 hit by Don Henley called "The Boys of Summer", where was the "DeadHead' sticker?|
on a Cadillac. "Out on the road today I saw a DeadHead sticker on a CADILLAC. A little voice inside my head said: Don't look back; you can never look back..." These are lyrics from the third verse of "The Boys of Summer", a solo cut by Eagles member Don Henley from the album called "Building the Perfect Beast". The song reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts during its 1984 run up the charts.
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