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1. Dean Martin had a big #2 hit in 1952 with "That's Amore". Throughout the song he's drawing descriptions about what it's like to be in love. One of the following descriptions is NOT in the song. Which one?
2. The biggest hit of 1952 was "You Belong To Me" by Jo Stafford. In this song, Jo tells her travelling lover that he can do several things on his travels but he had to remember that he belonged to her. Which of the following was NOT one of the pleasures he could indulge in?
3. Eddie Fisher was one the most popular singers of the 1950's and had four #1 hits between 1952 and 1954. Which of the following was NOT one of them?
4. A huge hit in 1950 was "The Third Man Theme" from the movie "The Third Man". The composer of the song was Anton Karas, appropriately enough from Austria since the movie was set in Vienna. This song, and almost all the soundtrack music, was performed solo by Karas on an unusual instrument. What was it?
5. Nat "King" Cole had a big hit in 1950. The last line of the song was "Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art?" What famous work of art was he singing about?
6. Stan Freberg was one funny fellow and he had a long string of brilliant satirical recordings during the 1950's. One of his best parodies was "Try" in 1952, a take off of "Cry", a huge hit in 1951-2. Who was the object of Freberg's impersonation? That is, who sang "Cry"?
7. "Glow little _____ ______ fly of fire.
Glow like an incandescent wire.
Glow for the female of the species.
Turn on the AC and the DC."
This was a #1 hit for the Mills Brothers in 1952. What type of nematode were they singing about?
8. "Sometimes I live in the country, sometimes I live in town.
Sometimes I have a great notion, to jump in the river and drown."
What song are these lyrics from, a #1 in 1950?
9. "I touch your lips and all at once the sparks go flying.
Those devil lips that know so well the art of lying.
And though I see the danger, still the flame grows higher.
I know I must surrender to your kiss of fire."
Who recorded the #1 version of this hit in 1952?
10. Some silliness from 1951:
"Ab-a dab-a dab-a dab-a dab-a dab-a dab
said the chimpie to the monk.
Bab-a dab-a dab-a dab-a dab-a dab-a dab
said the monkey to the chimp."
"Then the big _______ one night in June
he married them and very soon
they went upon their ab-a dab-a honey moon."
Who married the chimp and the monkey?
11. The Ames Brothers had three #1 songs during this period. Identify the one that wasn't theirs.
12. One of the great instrumentals of the era was "_____ Tango" by Leroy Anderson. Fill in the blank
13. The first #1 song for the 1950's was the old Christmas favorite "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer". What "singing cowboy" had this hit? Watch your spelling!
14. "Oh, life could be a dream,
if I could take you up in paradise up above,
if you would tell me I'm the only one that you love,
life could be a dream sweetheart."
The title is?
15. "I long to hold you near and kiss you just once more.
But you were on the ship and I was on the shore."
Identify this #1 from 1950.
Source: Author maddogrick16
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