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1. This song made so strong an impression on me that I can picture the street I was driving down, and the way the sunlight slanted through the windshield, when I first heard it. It was by an artist who was for a time known as "The Artist." It concerns the woes of a romantic relationship and how we 'become' our parents. What is this song?
2. It was 1975, I was on a "Dracula Tour" of Romania, the live band finished each night by playing the same haunting melody. No-one I asked knew the name of the tune. Then, in December 1976, I was taking a shower in a London hotel with the radio playing in the background when I heard the tune again. This time it had words and was destined to become a number one in the UK for Johnny Mathis.
Which of these songs was originally an instrumental called "Soleado"?
3. This song had two memorable moments, one live. I remember first hearing it on TV one bright near July 4th morning and then walking up a steep hill to the bus, crying all the way--crying in sorrow about my grandmother's death and in stunned homage for the splendor of the singing of this song.
However, I heard it first live. The amazing singer was at the piano with his famous background group, their colorful dresses swaying and lighting up a rather dark hall. The song's open sounds, allusions to "amber waves of grain," "purple mountain majesties" are unforgettable. What is this song?
4. My local radio station used to have a 2-hour Rock music slot every Thursday and I tried to make sure I never missed it. One week, they started with a song which literally blew me away! The DJ came on afterwards and told me it was called 'What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You).' The band were from New York and went on to have a few hits in the UK and built up a huge following in many countries. The lead singer, Dee Snider, is one of the most recognizable men in rock. Which band is it?
5. Way back in the olden times: the summer of 1971 I was parked overlooking a flooded stone quarry in my 1964 Pontiac Bonneville. My friend Melanie and I were watching a great sunset and listening to the AM radio. A record was spun. One man's truly great song captured our attention. Beginning with a young man's job and his discovery that three rock and roll icons had died in a plane crash, the ballad chronicles his life through the 60's by referencing many songs and musicians as milestones from that somber day. Do you know that song?
6. I grew up in a house where music meant Classical, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen or The Moody Blues. When I was packed off to boarding school I suddenly became aware of other bands and types of music. But nothing quite prepared me for November 1976. I was standing in my dormitory and someone had bought this single and put it on their record player. I think we played it constantly for two days. This nihilist band burst onto the British music scene and everything changed, forever. What song was I listening to?
7. This is the major song defining an era. I remember being in Berkeley, California, at someone's house when a song came on the radio, asking, "Are you ready for a brand new beat?" In the room some of us started to dance to the insistent beat of a totally compelling song. As we moved, we heard this lovely prediction, "All we need is music, sweet music everywhere." The year was 1964, and what is name of this famous urban, evocative song?
8. I have more trouble remembering the year something happened than I do the music that was popular. In bootcamp, the reward for good behavior was to be allowed to go to the "Chainlocker", a hamburger/arcade which was restricted to its "boot" clientele. There was a jukebox and this song (which I must have heard about 200 times during my 1975 internment) will always say "bootcamp" to me. Limp Bizkit has since done a very decent copy, but Roger Daltrey made the 1971 original version famous. "No one knows what it's like" is the cry of the angst-ridden from every decade. Can you name this song?
9. Back in the 70s there was a radio station broadcasting across Europe from Luxembourg called 'Radio Luxembourg'! I used to listen to it in bed (under the bed clothes) on a tiny transistor radio. That's how I first came to hear a group which went on to be one of the biggest of the 70s, 80s and 90s when their first single 'Keep Yourself Alive' was played in July 1973. The song had an unusual sound to it and even featured a short drum solo! When their lead singer died in 1991, they held a memorial concert at Wembley Stadium, London which attracted many famous musicians and was broadcast live all around the world. Which group am I describing?
10. If you told me it was classical music at the time, it wouldn't have mattered. I was six years old, it was Saturday morning, and I was in front of our Admiral black and white console television with my younger brother Dorian. The big moment arrived and the Masked Man thundered across the screen on his white stallion, firing his six gun, then rearing heroically at the end of the sequence. This was all accompanied by the exciting theme music. This was our favorite show. Who was that Masked Man? What was that theme music?
Source: Author Gheelnory
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