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Quiz about The Corps of Apple Records I
Quiz about The Corps of Apple Records I

The Corps of Apple Records I Trivia Quiz


Apple Records was founded by the Beatles in 1968 as the recording division of Apple Corps, Ltd. From then until its "end" in 1976, the label made a worldwide impact. This quiz is the first of a series about the label.

A multiple-choice quiz by AyatollahK. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
AyatollahK
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
297,924
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Apple Records is best known for releasing the Beatles' last records and the individual Beatles' first solo records. According to former Apple Records executive Barry Miles, which lengthy Beatles single was originally intended to be released in the U.K. as part of the first four Apple singles (which were all issued on the same day and called "The First Four") with the series number "Apple 1"? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Along with a Beatles single, another of Apple's initial four releases became an international smash hit, giving Apple Records the number one and number two records in both the U.K. and the U.S. for weeks. The song, with a melody borrowed from a Russian folk song, was produced by Paul McCartney and sung by a young Welsh singer named Mary Hopkin, who had won a televised talent show. What was its name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This influential singer-songwriter was discovered by Apple's A&R director Peter Asher, but, despite the presence of both Paul McCartney and George Harrison on his 1969 single "Carolina in My Mind". both the single and his eponymous debut album flopped. He then came back to the U.S. to be treated for heroin addiction ... and became a superstar with his next single, a song begun for the Apple album. Who was he? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Apple's uneven management and promotion caused it to have many regional hits that weren't successful worldwide. "Maybe Tomorrow", the fifth single on Apple, went to number one in the Netherlands but didn't even chart in the U.K. and only reached number 67 in the U.S. As a result, both the second single ("Dear Angie") and the debut album of the Welsh band that recorded it were only released in a few countries, not including either the U.S. or the U.K. What band was it? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This revolutionary jazz band, originally known as the Milt Jackson Quartet, recorded two albums for Apple, "Under the Jasmin Tree" and "Space", the only jazz records released by the label. Who was it? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The first album released by Apple (APCOR 1 in mono, SAPCOR 1 in stereo) was also the first official solo album released by one of the Beatles. Which member of the group recorded the Eastern-influenced soundtrack for the movie "Wonderwall"? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The one-man band Brute Force signed a contract with George Harrison to release a single on Apple, but EMI refused to release it, claiming it was too offensive. Apple privately pressed 2000 copies of the record for promotional distribution in the U.K., but EMI still refused to release it. As a result, the record has become the rarest and most expensive Apple record among collectors. What was it called? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Although the only original song on it was Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", this album, which reached the U.S. top ten when reissued by Apple, remains one of the all-time classics of pop Christmas music. What was its Apple title? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Apple released two albums, "The Whale" and "Celtic Requiem", by an avant-garde classical composer who almost shared a name with a sixteenth-century composer that was his direct ancestor. Who is this composer, who was knighted in 2000? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. This singer-songwriter, who starred in the Apple Films production "Son of Dracula", released the soundtrack album to the movie (featuring his number one hit "Without You") on Rapple Records, a joint venture of Apple and RCA. He also partied with John Lennon during Lennon's "Lost Weekend", and Lennon produced one of his albums. Who is he? Hint



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1. Apple Records is best known for releasing the Beatles' last records and the individual Beatles' first solo records. According to former Apple Records executive Barry Miles, which lengthy Beatles single was originally intended to be released in the U.K. as part of the first four Apple singles (which were all issued on the same day and called "The First Four") with the series number "Apple 1"?

Answer: Hey Jude

EMI had agreed to designate the Beatles' records with an Apple logo as part of its distribution deal for Apple. However, as Miles relates, EMI refused to allow "Hey Jude" or any other Beatles' records to be released with an Apple number and insisted that the records come out with Parlophone numbers in the U.K. and Capitol numbers in the U.S. Thus, an "Apple 1" was never issued in the U.K., and the first Apple single in America, designated as "1800", was the Black Dyke Mills Band's "Thingumybob."

Note that former Apple Films assistant Tony Bramwell claimed in print in a 2006 memoir that "Apple 1" was assigned to an Apple promotional record made specifically for Ringo Starr's wife Maureen: a special version of Frank Sinatra singing revised lyrics to "The Lady Is a Tramp" (that substituted "Champ" for "Tramp"). What is undisputed about this record is that only one copy was ever pressed, and the copy no longer exists. Only Bramwell has ever claimed that this record was numbered Apple 1, and no contemporaneous documentation supports his claim, but it is certain that future "Beatle researchers" will address it.
2. Along with a Beatles single, another of Apple's initial four releases became an international smash hit, giving Apple Records the number one and number two records in both the U.K. and the U.S. for weeks. The song, with a melody borrowed from a Russian folk song, was produced by Paul McCartney and sung by a young Welsh singer named Mary Hopkin, who had won a televised talent show. What was its name?

Answer: Those Were The Days

"Those Were The Days", with English lyrics composed by Gene Raskin to a Russian tune entitled "Dorogoi Dlinnoyu," had been a minor hit for the Lamplighters during the folk revival of the early 1960s. Paul McCartney had seen Gene & Francesca, a duo of Raskin and his wife, perform the song in London and had tried to interest other folk singers in covering the song.

When that effort failed, he produced a version for Mary Hopkin, who had been signed to Apple by McCartney after she won the ITV talent show "Opportunity Knocks." The single immediately established Apple as more than just a Beatles vanity label.
3. This influential singer-songwriter was discovered by Apple's A&R director Peter Asher, but, despite the presence of both Paul McCartney and George Harrison on his 1969 single "Carolina in My Mind". both the single and his eponymous debut album flopped. He then came back to the U.S. to be treated for heroin addiction ... and became a superstar with his next single, a song begun for the Apple album. Who was he?

Answer: James Taylor

James Taylor was Peter Asher's first signing to Apple. Although his debut album "James Taylor" flopped and Apple dropped him, Asher, his producer, strongly believed in him and quit Apple to continue as Taylor's manager and producer. Taylor's second album, "Sweet Baby James", featured the Apple outtake "Fire and Rain", which Taylor had revised while in a mental hospital after returning to the U.S. -- and which became a worldwide smash despite its downbeat subject matter.
4. Apple's uneven management and promotion caused it to have many regional hits that weren't successful worldwide. "Maybe Tomorrow", the fifth single on Apple, went to number one in the Netherlands but didn't even chart in the U.K. and only reached number 67 in the U.S. As a result, both the second single ("Dear Angie") and the debut album of the Welsh band that recorded it were only released in a few countries, not including either the U.S. or the U.K. What band was it?

Answer: The Iveys

The Iveys had been brought to Apple by Beatles roadie Mal Evans, and everyone at Apple expected them to become phenomenally successful. However, after "Maybe Tomorrow" failed, Apple head Allen Klein killed the release of "Dear Angie" and of their album (also called "Maybe Tomorrow") in most of the world, demoralizing the Iveys. Finally, Paul McCartney agreed to help the band, but Apple decided that the group's problem might be its name ... and the group agreed to change its name from "The Iveys" to "Badfinger" prior to the release of its first recording with McCartney, the top-ten hit "Come And Get It."
5. This revolutionary jazz band, originally known as the Milt Jackson Quartet, recorded two albums for Apple, "Under the Jasmin Tree" and "Space", the only jazz records released by the label. Who was it?

Answer: Modern Jazz Quartet

While MJQ was an important act from its formation in 1951 (when the members split from Dizzy Gillespie), it is unclear why Apple signed MJQ, since there were no other jazz artists on the label. As it happened, neither album sold well, because Beatles fans generally weren't interested in jazz, and MJQ fans figured that an Apple album must be somehow "different" from MJQ's usual fare.
6. The first album released by Apple (APCOR 1 in mono, SAPCOR 1 in stereo) was also the first official solo album released by one of the Beatles. Which member of the group recorded the Eastern-influenced soundtrack for the movie "Wonderwall"?

Answer: George Harrison

Harrison's instrumental "Wonderwall Music" was split between seven Western-style tracks recorded by Harrison and friends (including Eric Clapton) in the U.K. and eleven Indian-style tracks recorded in Bombay, India.
7. The one-man band Brute Force signed a contract with George Harrison to release a single on Apple, but EMI refused to release it, claiming it was too offensive. Apple privately pressed 2000 copies of the record for promotional distribution in the U.K., but EMI still refused to release it. As a result, the record has become the rarest and most expensive Apple record among collectors. What was it called?

Answer: King of Fuh

Steven Friedland had been the keyboard player with the Tokens before he became Brute Force. Harrison loved his track "King of Fuh" (featuring these lyrics, among others: "Mighty mighty Fuh King/All hail the Fuh King"), despite the likelihood that EMI would pass on releasing the single in the U.K.

More troubling to the Beatles was that Apple U.S. head Ken Mansfield also refused to release it, which led an angry John Lennon to dub Mansfield "Apple's personal [expletive deleted] censor."
8. Although the only original song on it was Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", this album, which reached the U.S. top ten when reissued by Apple, remains one of the all-time classics of pop Christmas music. What was its Apple title?

Answer: Phil Spector's Christmas Album

"Phil Spector's Christmas Album" was a 1972 "Back to Mono" re-issue (APCOR 24) of 1963's "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector", which (except for one track) featured Philles Records artists The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans covering Christmas standards rearranged into Spector's "Wall of Sound" style. As Spector had become the principal producer for John Lennon and George Harrison, he chose to reissue this album on Apple, to everyone's benefit. The original Philles issue had reached the top 20, but the Apple reissue did even better, reaching number six.

Two of the other choices were also Apple Christmas releases: "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" was a 1971 holiday single by John Lennon and Yoko Ono that reached number one in the U.K. in 1981, and "The Beatles' Christmas Album" was a 1970 promotional-only compilation of the Beatles' Christmas records that had been made for their fan club between 1963 and 1969.
9. Apple released two albums, "The Whale" and "Celtic Requiem", by an avant-garde classical composer who almost shared a name with a sixteenth-century composer that was his direct ancestor. Who is this composer, who was knighted in 2000?

Answer: Sir John Tavener

Sir John Tavener's ancestor, John Taverner, was the most highly regarded British composer of Henry VIII's era and supposedly worked directly for both Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cranmer, the founder of the Anglican (Episcopal) Church. Tavener himself favored more esoteric classical-influenced works.
10. This singer-songwriter, who starred in the Apple Films production "Son of Dracula", released the soundtrack album to the movie (featuring his number one hit "Without You") on Rapple Records, a joint venture of Apple and RCA. He also partied with John Lennon during Lennon's "Lost Weekend", and Lennon produced one of his albums. Who is he?

Answer: Harry Nilsson

In 1968, at the time Apple Records was started, both John Lennon and Paul McCartney stated in a press conference that Harry Nilsson was their favorite American artist. Nilsson was largely unknown then, but he later had a number one hit when he covered the Badfinger song "Without You." Nilsson was asked to appear in "Son of Dracula" by his co-star, Ringo Starr.

The soundtrack was mostly a compilation of prior Nilsson hits, except for one new song, "Daybreak," and it was the only album ever on Rapple.
Source: Author AyatollahK

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