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Quiz about The Singer Not The Song part 5

The Singer Not The Song (part 5) Quiz


I accepted the Author Challenge by Serenesh who requested a quiz titled "The Singer Not the Song". So I've created a quiz about songs that mention a famous singer in the lyrics. All you have to do is name the singer, not the song, that is mentioned.

A multiple-choice quiz by Billkozy. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Billkozy
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
398,029
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
427
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Question 1 of 10
1. The late Amy Winehouse's signature song "Rehab" referenced which two singers? (you know it, it's the song that starts out: "They tried to make me go to rehab,
I said, "no, no, no")
Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Those opening power chords slammed at us by Deep Purple in their signature record "Smoke on the Water" form one of most memorable opening guitar riffs in rock history. But name the singer mentioned in the song! Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. He said, "In winter 1963
It felt like the world would freeze
With John F. Kennedy
And The Beatles"

So goes part of "Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy. They mention the Beatles right there but name the solo singer that is also mentioned in the song.
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Vogue" by Madonna is another one of those name dropper songs. Who DOESN'T Madonna name in this song? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "Wake me up before you go go,
Don't leave me hanging on like a yo-yo.
Wake me up before you go go,
I don't want to miss it when you hit that high
Wake me up before you go go,
'Cause I'm not planning on going solo."

Name the singer not the song mentioned in this hit by the group Wham!
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Marc Cohn's 1991 Grammy-nominated Song begins:
"Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain."

Name the singers, not the song that are mentioned in the lyrics.
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Down in Jamaica
They got lots of pretty women
Steal your money
Then they break your heart
Lonesome Sue, she's in love with ol'Sam
Take him from the fire into the frying pan"

Name the singer not the song that is mentioned in the lyrics in this 1977 Stephen Bishop song.
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "We're an American band
We're an American band
We're comin' to your town
We'll help you party it down
We're an American band."

Yes that's the Grand Funk Railroad singing their signature song "We're an American Band." What blues singer do they mention in the lyrics when they refer to the true story of playing poker all night with him?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "I went up to this girl, she said, "Hi, my name is Sheena"
I thought she'd be good to go with a little Funky Cold Medina
She said, "I'd like a drink," I said, "Ehm - ok, I'll go get it"
Then a couple sips she cold licked her lips, and I knew that she was with it."

That is indeed "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone-Loc from back in 1988. What rock legendary singer does he mention in the very opening of the song?
Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie"

Remember that one back in 1974? That's "Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion. This one is the Big Daddy of 'em all with all the singers mentioned. So okay, which group of singers are NOT mentioned?
Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The late Amy Winehouse's signature song "Rehab" referenced which two singers? (you know it, it's the song that starts out: "They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, "no, no, no")

Answer: Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway

"He's tried to make me go to rehab
I won't go, go, go
I'd rather be at home with Ray
I ain't got seventy days
'Cause there's nothing, there's nothing you can teach me
That I can't learn from Mr. Hathaway"

I gave you a wee bit of help in that Don Cornelius, although a bigwig in the music industry, was not a singer. Rather, he was was the television show host and producer who created the dance and music show "Soul Train."

Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway were two of Amy's musical inspirations in soul music. The song won Song Of The Year, Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record Of The Year at the 2008 Grammy awards. Winehouse also won for Best New Artist, and the song's producer Mick Ronson won for producer of the year.
2. Those opening power chords slammed at us by Deep Purple in their signature record "Smoke on the Water" form one of most memorable opening guitar riffs in rock history. But name the singer mentioned in the song!

Answer: Frank Zappa

"We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn't have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground."

The story told in "Smoke on the Water" describes a fire that broke out in the Casino at Montreux, Switzerland on December 4, 1971. Deep Purple was supposed to record their "Machine Head" album there following a Frank Zappa concert. But during Zappa's concert, someone fired a flare gun at the ceiling, setting the place on fire. The Deep Purple band members watched the fire from a restaurant nearby, and observed afterward that a layer of smoke covered Lake Geneva, next to the casino. Bass player Roger Glover was inspired by the image and came up with the song title "Smoke On The Water," and then lead singer Ian Gillan wrote the lyrics.
3. He said, "In winter 1963 It felt like the world would freeze With John F. Kennedy And The Beatles" So goes part of "Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy. They mention the Beatles right there but name the solo singer that is also mentioned in the song.

Answer: Frank Sinatra

"A Salvation Army Band played
And Children drunk lemonade
And the morning lasted all day
All day
And through an open window came
Like Sinatra in a younger day
Pushing the town away
Ah
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town."

Nick Laird-Clowes and Gilbert Gabriel wrote the song, inspired by Laird-Clowes time working on a music TV program produced in Newcastle, a city in the north east of England. This very moody and evocative record reached Number Seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986.
4. "Vogue" by Madonna is another one of those name dropper songs. Who DOESN'T Madonna name in this song?

Answer: Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell

"Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine
Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air
They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you."

The song reached Number One on the charts in over 30 countries around the world. Hey, here's a fun trivia question regarding this song: Who was the last surviving celebrity mentioned in the song "Vogue"? Lauren Bacall.
5. "Wake me up before you go go, Don't leave me hanging on like a yo-yo. Wake me up before you go go, I don't want to miss it when you hit that high Wake me up before you go go, 'Cause I'm not planning on going solo." Name the singer not the song mentioned in this hit by the group Wham!

Answer: Doris Day

"You get the gray skies outta my way,
You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day.
Turn a mere spark into a flame,
My beats per minute never been the same."

This song was the first number one hit by the British duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, who together were Wham!. Michael and Ridgeley formed their duo act in 1981. This song, "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" was from their second album, "Make It Big" in 1984.
6. Marc Cohn's 1991 Grammy-nominated Song begins: "Put on my blue suede shoes And I boarded the plane Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues In the middle of the pouring rain." Name the singers, not the song that are mentioned in the lyrics.

Answer: Elvis Presley, Al Green

"Walking in Memphis" invokes Elvis with:
"Saw the ghost of Elvis
On Union Avenue
Followed him up to the gates of Graceland
Then I watched him walk right through"

and also Al Green with:
"They've got catfish on the table
They've got gospel in the air
And Reverend Green be glad to see you
When you haven't got a prayer
But, boy, you've got a prayer in Memphis."

This song describes Marc Cohn's trip to Memphis to visit Elvis Presley's mansion in Graceland, a popular tourist destination. While there, Cohn also made a special side trip to catch an Al Green sermon. And when Cohn rode out of Memphis on Highway 61 he saw a sign that said "Hollywood," which was the Hollywood Cafe, diner and music club in Tunica County, Mississippi. This is where Cohn smelled the catfish he mentions in the lyrics.
7. "Down in Jamaica They got lots of pretty women Steal your money Then they break your heart Lonesome Sue, she's in love with ol'Sam Take him from the fire into the frying pan" Name the singer not the song that is mentioned in the lyrics in this 1977 Stephen Bishop song.

Answer: Frank Sinatra

"Poor ol'Jimmy
Sits alone in the moonlight
Saw his woman kiss another man
So he takes a ladder
Steals the stars from the sky
Puts on Sinatra and starts to cry."

This song "On and On" climbed to number 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart was on the chart for 28 weeks. "On and On" was Bishop's biggest hit-- he did have four other Top 100 hits, "Save It For A Rainy Day" (#22 in 1977), "Everybody Needs Love" (#32 in 1978), "Animal House" (#73 in 1979), and "It Might Be You" (#25 in 1983) which was the theme song to the movie
"Tootsie".
8. "We're an American band We're an American band We're comin' to your town We'll help you party it down We're an American band." Yes that's the Grand Funk Railroad singing their signature song "We're an American Band." What blues singer do they mention in the lyrics when they refer to the true story of playing poker all night with him?

Answer: Freddie King

The song opens with the story of the events that happened while they were on their Phoenix tour:
"Out on the road for forty days
Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze
Sweet, sweet Connie, doin' her act
She had the whole show and that's a natural fact
Up all night with Freddie King
I got to tell you, poker's his thing."

Freddie King was a blues guitarist/singer and he was their opening act. The song is one of those in which the drummer takes on the lead vocal part. Don Brewer in this case. The great Todd Rundgren produced this song along with the entire 1973 album it was on, also titled "We're an American Band."
9. "I went up to this girl, she said, "Hi, my name is Sheena" I thought she'd be good to go with a little Funky Cold Medina She said, "I'd like a drink," I said, "Ehm - ok, I'll go get it" Then a couple sips she cold licked her lips, and I knew that she was with it." That is indeed "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone-Loc from back in 1988. What rock legendary singer does he mention in the very opening of the song?

Answer: Mick Jagger

"Alright, dig it
Cold coolin at a bar, and I'm lookin for some action
But like Mike Jagger said, I can't get no satisfaction."

Tone Loc's real name is Anthony Terrell Smith. Is there such a thing as the aphrodisiac drink, a Funky Cold Medina? No, just as the "Love Potion #9" that the Clovers sang about in 1959 was fictitious, so is Medina. Along with using Mick Jagger's name in the lyrics, this song also borrows "Honky Tonk Women" and "Satisfaction" from the Rolling Stones, sampling the former in the very opening and the latter right after Tone-Loc says "satisfaction."
10. "Life is a rock but the radio rolled me Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa) Life is a rock but the radio rolled me At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie" Remember that one back in 1974? That's "Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion. This one is the Big Daddy of 'em all with all the singers mentioned. So okay, which group of singers are NOT mentioned?

Answer: Brian Wilson, Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Little Richard

Other musicians and bands mentioned in the song were BB Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Lonnie Mack, Duane Eddy ("twangin' Eddy"), Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Sam Cooke ("Sammy's cookin'"), Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Barry, The Archies, The Righteous Brothers, Harry Nilsson, Fats Domino ("Fats is back"), Brenda & the Tabulations, Mungo Jerry, Peter Paul and Mary, Dr. John, Bonnie Bramlett, Smokey Robinson, John Denver, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Dale Hawkins, Ronnie Hawkins, Steely Dan, J.J.Cale, ZZ Top, Edgar Winter, Joanie Sommers, Johnny Thunders, Stephen Foster, etc.

The song even mentions record producers like Richard Perry, Phil Spector, and some others and DJs Alan Freed and Murray the K. I'm probably even missing some others. Even some songs and record labels get a nod in the lyrics.

But the song never mentions Brian Wilson, not even a nickname of his, but it does mention his songs: "Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Surfer Girl and Little Honda". Tina Turner is not mentioned, nor is Mick Jagger and Little Richard.

And that folks wraps up my quiz series "The Singer Not The Song."
Source: Author Billkozy

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