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I Remember Where I Was When I First Heard... Quiz


Many people have had the experience of hearing a song or piece of music for the first time and being...amazed. These questions share such peak moments as experienced by our CM/M team members. Can you guess the music that made such an impression?

A multiple-choice quiz by Team classicalmusic/mensan. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
Gheelnory
Time
7 mins
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Multiple Choice
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325,324
Updated
Jul 22 22
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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? Hint

"Purple Rain" by Prince
"Papa Loved Mama" by Garth Brooks
"Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
"When Doves Cry" by Prince

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"?
Hint

I'm Stone In Love With You
Too Much Too Little Too Late
Chances Are
When a Child Is Born

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?
Hint

"Auld Lang Syne"
"The Star Spangled Banner"
"America the Beautiful"
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

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? Hint

Motley Crue
Ratt
Twisted Sister
Poison

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? Hint

"Eight Miles High" by the Byrds
"Peace Train" by Cat Stevens
"Helter Skelter" by the Beatles
"American Pie" by Don McLean

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? Hint

"White Riot" by The Clash
"Oh Bondage Up Yours" by X-Ray Spex
"New Rose" by The Damned
"Anarchy in the UK" by The Sex Pistols

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? Hint

"I Heard ItThrough the Grapevine"
"My Guy"
"Baby Love"
"Dancing in the Street"

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?
Hint

"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
"Behind Blue Eyes"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
"Land of Confusion"

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? Hint

Queen
Lynyrd Synyrd
Nirvana
The Who

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? Hint

The Green Hornet and "The Flight of the Bumblebee"
Batman and "Die Fledermaus"
Zorro and "Twentieth Century Fox"
The Lone Ranger and "The William Tell Overture"


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
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?

Answer: "When Doves Cry" by Prince

1984's "When Doves Cry" was Prince's first American Number One single. In 2004, two decades after its release, it was rated the 53rd Greatest Song of all time by "Rolling Stone" Magazine (out of hundreds of thousands of songs), and is near the top of many such lists. It is speculated by some that the song's lack of a bass line is part of what gives it so unconventional and memorable a sound.

I first heard the song on my car radio while driving along a Tampa, Florida residential street. It was immediately striking, and I can still close my eyes and "be there."

This question was written by Gheelnory.
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"?

Answer: When a Child Is Born

"Soleado" was based on an earlier composition by the Italian Ciro Dammicco (also known as Zacar) and was recorded by the Daniel Santecruz Ensemble, of which he was a member, in 1974. English lyrics were added by Fred Jay and Johnny Mathis had a Christmas hit with "When a Child Is Born" in the UK in 1976.

There are other language lyrics, for example, a German version "Traenen Luegen Nicht". "When a Child Is Born" has become associated with Christmas and artists as diverse as Kenny Rogers, Sarah Brightman and Demis Roussos have made recordings of the song.

The other titles were all successes for Johnny Mathis.

This question was brought to you by bucknallbabe.
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?

Answer: "America the Beautiful"

Dating back to 1910 as we now know it, the song is "America the Beautiful." It was first a poem called "Pike's Peak" and Samuel A Ward wrote the impresive music. Katherine Lee Bates, a professor and writer of the lyrics, was deeply inspired by what she saw in her train trip across Kansas, Pike's Peak and the Great Plains.

Elvis Presley sang this song in the 1970's. In 1939, Marian Anderson sang it outside of the Lincoln Memorial after she was denied the use of Constitution Hall. It was Ray Charles whose rendition of this song made it a national treasure. He sang it often at national moments, including in the Super Bowl before the 9/11 attacks. His interpretation focuses on the need to overcome greediness and materialism.

Whenever I hear his powerful voice voicing the majestic lyrics, I remember being being in a hall in the Fillmore District in San Francisco and also walking up that hill in blinding sunlight, tears of love and grief streaming down my cheeks and the lyrics of majesty sounding in my ears.

Written by Windswept.
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?

Answer: Twisted Sister

I went out the next day and bought a 4-track 12 inch single of theirs called 'Ruff Cuts' which was hardly off my record player for weeks! I had read a lot about the band in the music press and wasn't disappointed by what I heard.

The song that really got them noticed in the UK, 'I Am I'm Me' came from their second album - 'You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll'. The video for 'I Wanna Rock' from the album 'Stay Hungry' was a big favourite with MTV and brought them a whole new legion of fans.

I've been lucky enough to see them live twice and have to say that they put on a great show. Not a band to sit and watch, you HAVE to get up and ROCK!

This question was written by martin_cube.
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?

Answer: "American Pie" by Don McLean

It's true: in 2001 "American Pie" was voted No. 5 out of 365 Songs of the Century compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and National Endowment for the Arts but to me it's an important song in the soundtrack of my life. The following March Melanie treated me to a Don McLean concert for my birthday. Nearly forty years later I still occasionally decode one of those cryptic poetic references he left for us.

You may call me Laughinglion and thank you for sharing my memories of me as a young man.
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?

Answer: "Anarchy in the UK" by The Sex Pistols

The first single from the Sex Pistols: Johnny Rotten - vocals, Steve Jones - guitar, Paul Cook, drums and Glen Matlock - bass (later replaced by Sid Vicious). It was the only single released on the EMI label, they were dropped less than 2 months later after a controversial TV appearance where they swore and berated the host. It was later re-released on the Virgin label.

I still have my copy on the original EMI label, that along with other singles from that era remind me of my youth and a seminal period in music history.

Question written by markswood.
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?

Answer: "Dancing in the Street"

Martha and the Vandellas were associated with the Motown sound, although they reflected a more R and B emphasis with a slightly harder feel than say the Supremes. From 1963 to 1972, they were incredibly successful, with songs like "Nowhere to Run" and "Heat Wave," to name some of their many hits. In time, tensions took their toll on the group, which eventually broke up.

William "Mickey" Stevenson and Marvin Gaye wrote "Dancing in the Street." The song charted at Number 2 in 1964. In 1985 Mick Jagger and David Bowie did their versions of it as part of the "Live Aid concerts."

The song is infectious: just start singing it now, "Oh, it doesn't matter what you wear/Just as long as you are there....There'll be swingin,' swayin,' and records playin'/And dancing in the streets."

This question was written by Windswept.
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?

Answer: "Behind Blue Eyes"

Roger Daltrey was the face and best-known voice of rock group "The Who" but Pete Townshend, writer of "Behind Blue Eyes", was its heart. He put his soul into their lyrics and that's why Who songs are still being played thirty and forty years later. Many other groups have tried, but in my opinion, only Limp Bizkit has fared well in giving "Behind Blue Eyes" access to a new audience. Their 2003 cover is definitely worth a listen, even for someone old enough to have purchased the album "Who's Next" when it was actually a record album.

Question written by USCGx2.
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?

Answer: Queen

Queen have released around 20 studio and live albums as well as a number of greatest hits complilations. They were formed in the early 1970s and built up a massive following of loyal fans in all parts of the world. One of their finest moments came at the Live Aid concert in 1985 when their 10 minute set made up of their best known songs stole the show and kickstarted their career.
Freddie Mercury died in November 1991, a day after it was announced that he had contracted the AIDS virus.

2 of the surviving members, Guitarist Brian May and Drummer Roger Taylor, continue to tour as Queen with ex-Free/Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers taking over from Freddie.

This question was also written by martin_cube.
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?

Answer: The Lone Ranger and "The William Tell Overture"

The right answer: Clayton Moore played The Lone Ranger; the music used for the theme was the "March of the Swiss Soldiers" finale from "The William Tell Overture" by Gioachino Rossini. Silver was his steed and silver were the bullets left as a calling card.

The wrong answers were all masked heroes.

The 1957 television show Zorro starred Guy Williams and his theme music was
by the Mellomen "Zorro's Theme Song" not The Door's rock classic, "Twentieth Century Fox".He carved a "Z" with his sword and his night black horse was named Toranado.

The Green Hornet starred Van Williams and the theme was "The Flight of the Bumblebee" written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, his "rolling arsenal" was a black 1966 Chrysler Crown Imperial sedan called Black Beauty. His aide was Kato played by Bruce Lee.

Finally, Batman as played by Adam West,his theme was not "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss II (The Bat) but a campy "Batman Theme" by Neal Hefti and as always his steed of choice was the Batmobile.

Let me don MY mask, I am Laughinglion.
Source: Author Gheelnory

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