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Quiz about Nonsense Lyrics Through the Years
Quiz about Nonsense Lyrics Through the Years

Nonsense Lyrics Through the Years. Quiz


Many Pop songs had catchy but silly lyrics. This quiz is about some of them.

A multiple-choice quiz by shanteyman. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
shanteyman
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
383,350
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
6 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. "Gliddy glub gloopy nibby nabby noopy La la la, lo lo Sabba sibbi sabba nooby aba naba Lee lee, lo lo Tooby ooby wala Nooby aba naba" are some of the lyrics from Oliver's US Number Three single "Good Morning Starshine" (1969). From which musical is the song from? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which 1958 US single by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. recording under the name Dave Seville contained the lyrics "Ooh eeh ooh ahah, ting tang wallawallabingbang"? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which former Beatle released a song in 1974 on his "Walls and Bridges" LP that contained the lyrics "Ah! bowakawa pousse, pousse"? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" was a hit by the British group Manfred Mann in 1964. Which US group recorded the song the previous year as "Do-Wah-Diddy"? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In 1969 Donovan released the US Top Forty single "Goo Goo Barabajagal (love is________). What is the missing word?

Answer: (One Word, very warm)
Question 6 of 10
6. Which group hit the Top Forty in the US in 1959 with "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop"? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carathon, Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicce verdi parasol Questo abrigado tantamucho que canite carousel" are lyrics from "I am the Walrus" by The Beatles.


Question 8 of 10
8. Under what name did Richard "Dick" Monda release the 1971 US Top Ten single "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)"? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which 1959 Jan and Dean US Top Ten release started with "Bom ba ba bom bab um dab um dab um wah wah wah Bom ba ba bom bab um dad um dab um wah wah wah Bom ba ba bom um dab um dad um dab um dab"? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which dancer who was the title of a 1961 song by the Coasters sang "Ying Yang Gitchee gitchee gitchee" while she danced? Hint



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1. "Gliddy glub gloopy nibby nabby noopy La la la, lo lo Sabba sibbi sabba nooby aba naba Lee lee, lo lo Tooby ooby wala Nooby aba naba" are some of the lyrics from Oliver's US Number Three single "Good Morning Starshine" (1969). From which musical is the song from?

Answer: Hair

"Good Morning Starshine" is from the second act of "Hair" which debuted in 1967. Lynn Kellogg and Jill O'Hara were among the singers when it played off Broadway and Beverly D'angelo sang it in the 1979 film adaptation. The song made it to Number Three in the US and topped the Canadian charts.
William Oliver Swofford is from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. As Bill Swofford he was a member of The Virginians and The Good Earth before going solo and releasing "Good Morning Starshine" in 1969. Later the same year he reached Number Two on the US Billboard charts with his release of "Jean" from the film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie". After failing to have any further successful singles he went into the real estate business until passing from cancer in 2010.
"Jesus Christ Superstar" was a 1970 Rock Opera featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. In 1971 "Godspell" opened off Broadway. "Tommy" was a Rock Opera from The Who's 1969 double album titled "Tommy".
2. Which 1958 US single by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. recording under the name Dave Seville contained the lyrics "Ooh eeh ooh ahah, ting tang wallawallabingbang"?

Answer: Witch Doctor

Using the stage name David Seville Ross Bagdasarian was the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks. He began recording in 1951 with the release of "Oh Beauty" as himself. In 1955 he released "Armen's Theme" under the name Dave Seville but he didn't have a hit until "The Witch Doctor" and "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" recorded as Alvin and the Chipmunks in 1958. Bagdasarian did the roles of Alvin, Theodore and Simon using a variable speed tape recorder.
Ross won Grammy Awards in 1959 for Best Comedy Performance and Best Recording for Children He had a TV show for one season in 1961 called "The Alvin Show".
"Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" was a 1958 release from The Hollywood Flames. "Stranded in the Jungle" was by The Cadets and Sheb Wooley released "The Purple People Eater" in 1958.
3. Which former Beatle released a song in 1974 on his "Walls and Bridges" LP that contained the lyrics "Ah! bowakawa pousse, pousse"?

Answer: John Lennon

The "Ah! bowakawa pousse, pousse" lyrics are included in "#9 Dream" by John Lennon. The song reached Number Nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. John Lennon's girlfriend at the time, May Pang, sang backing vocals. In a 1980 BBC interview Lennon explained that the song was indeed inspired by a dream he had, including the meaningless lyrics. "#9 Dream" was one of two singles released from Lennon's 1974 "Walls and Bridges" album.

The other single, "Whatever Gets You thru the Night", was John Lennon's first US Number One hit single since the Beatles broke up.

The album also topped the US album charts. The musicians on the album were simply designated the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band.
4. "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" was a hit by the British group Manfred Mann in 1964. Which US group recorded the song the previous year as "Do-Wah-Diddy"?

Answer: The Exciters

"Do Wah Diddy Diddy" was written by the songwriting duo of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. It was originally released in 1963 as "Do-Wah-Diddy" by the New York group The Exciters. Their version peaked at Number 78. In 1962 the group enjoyed Top Ten success in the US with the Number Four "Tell Him". That same year Manfred Mann formed in London and released four unsuccessful singles before recording "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" in 1964. "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" topped the US, UK and Canadian charts.

They followed up with a Number 12 US hit with their version of the Shirelles' recording "Sha La La".

The group disbanded in 1969 after personnel and label changes.
5. In 1969 Donovan released the US Top Forty single "Goo Goo Barabajagal (love is________). What is the missing word?

Answer: Hot

The Jeff Beck Group backed Donovan on "Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)". The song made it to Number 34 in the US but fared better in the UK, reaching Number 12. The song was originally a single release but "Barabajagal" would become the title of Donovan's seventh studio album. The album also contained "To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting" and "Atlantis".
In 1965 Glasgow, Scotland, native Donovan had hits with "Catch the Wind" and "Universal Soldier". The following year "Mellow Yellow" hit Number Two in the US followed by a number of successful releases in the sixties.
Donovan continued to record and perform with various bands into the 21st century.
6. Which group hit the Top Forty in the US in 1959 with "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop"?

Answer: Little Anthony and the Imperials

Little Anthony and the Imperials first hit the US Top Ten in 1958 with "Tears on My Pillow". The following year "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop" made it to Number 24 in the US. The song lyrics are about a man who watched a dancer doing a dance called "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop".
The group was formed in Brooklyn, New York, in 1958 when members of The Chesters met lead singer Anthony Gourdine of The Duponts and formed their own singing group. They were originally called The Imperials until Dee-Jay Alan Freed called the singer Little Anthony.
In 1960 Anthony attempted a solo career but returned to the group in the mid sixties. The group then began a string of hits including "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)" (1964), "Goin' Out of My Head" (1964), "Hurt So Bad" (1965) and "Take Me Back" (1965).
In 1992 several original members including Gourdine performed a concert in Madison Square Garden which led to the band reforming and performing again.
Phil Phillips and The Twilights released "Sea Of Love" in 1959. "(Seven Little Girls) Sitting In The Back Seat" was a 1959 single from Paul Evans and The Curls. The Coasters released "Charlie Brown" in 1959.
7. "Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carathon, Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicce verdi parasol Questo abrigado tantamucho que canite carousel" are lyrics from "I am the Walrus" by The Beatles.

Answer: False

While "I am the Walrus" does contain silly lyrics such as "goo goo g' joob goo goo g' joob Goo goo g' joob goo goo g' joob Goo gooooooooooo jooba jooba jooba jooba jooba jooba", "Quando paramucho mi amore de felice carathon, Mundo paparazzi mi amore cicce verdi parasol Questo abrigado tantamucho que canite carousel" is from the Beatles' 1969 "Abbey Road" LP medley song "The Sun King".

The entire medley consists of "You Never Give Me Your Money", "Sun King", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight" and finally "The End". "The Sun King" features triple tracked harmonies by Lennon, Harrison and McCartney. Abbey Road was released in September, 1969.
8. Under what name did Richard "Dick" Monda release the 1971 US Top Ten single "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)"?

Answer: Daddy Dewdrop

In 1965 Dick Monda released "It Brings on the Pain" which failed to chart. After four unsuccessful singles he began using the name Daddy Dewdrop and finally had success in 1971 with his third release, "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)".
Monda appeared in films as a child including the 1953 film "The Eddie Cantor Story". He danced and sang in the film as the young Eddie Cantor. He began working in television and wrote "Chick-A-Boom" while working with a 1971 cartoon called "Sabrina and the Groovy Goolies". He assembled some studio musicians and recorded a version for Sunflower Records which peaked at Number Nine in the US. It would be his only US Top Ten hit.
"Baby Let Me Kiss You" and "Groove Me" were 1971 releases from King Floyd. Chase recorded "Get it On" the same year. "Toast and Marmalade for Tea" was by Tin Tin in 1971.
9. Which 1959 Jan and Dean US Top Ten release started with "Bom ba ba bom bab um dab um dab um wah wah wah Bom ba ba bom bab um dad um dab um wah wah wah Bom ba ba bom um dab um dad um dab um dab"?

Answer: Baby Talk

"Baby Talk" was the first single release by Jan and Dean. The song went to Number Ten in the US. It wasn't until 1963 that they scored their next US Top Ten single with the Number One "Surf City". They continued to score Top Forty hits until 1966 when Jan berry was severely injured in an automobile accident. Dean Torrence began a career as a graphic artist and produced albums covers for several artists including The Beach Boys, Canned Heat, The Ventures,Diana Ross and the Supremes and Linda Ronstadt.
After Jan was released from the hospital the duo occasionally attempted reunion shows. In 1978 CBS released a made-for-TV movie about Jan and Dean called "Deadman's Curve".
"Clementine" was a 1959 Number 65 single for the duo. "Gee" made it to Number 81 a year later. "Heart and Soul" went to Number 25 in 1961.
10. Which dancer who was the title of a 1961 song by the Coasters sang "Ying Yang Gitchee gitchee gitchee" while she danced?

Answer: Little Egypt

The Los Angeles based Coasters charted their first US Top Ten in 1957 with the Number Eight "Young Blood" and topped the charts the following year with "Yakety Yak". "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" came out in 1961 and made it to Number 23 becoming the group's tenth Top Forty US single. The following year the song was included on their "Coast Along with the Coasters" album.
The song was composed by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was covered by Elvis Presley in his 1964 film, "Roustabout". The soundtrack album reached Number One on the LP charts in the US.
The Coasters released "Poison Ivy" in 1959. "Be-bop Baby" was a 1957 single from Ricky Nelson and "Ruby Baby" was a 1963 single from Dion.
Source: Author shanteyman

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