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MUSIC TRIVIA

1) What was the first rock-n-roll song to hit #1 on the charts?


The first rock ‘n’ roll song to hit #1 was "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets. It held the top spot for 8 weeks.

2) Who did the vocals for Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky"?


"Great Gig in the Sky" is one of the few Pink Floyd songs to use a female vocal. The band wanted a girl who could sing like she was having an orgasm. Their engineer, Alan Parsons, brought in a singer he knew named Clare Torry who provided the hauntingly beautiful improvised vocal on the song. Thirty years later, she would sue Pink Floyd over rights to the song.

3) U2's "Angel of Harlem" was written about what singer?


U2's "Angel of Harlem" was written about Billie Holiday, a Jazz singer who moved to Harlem as a teenager in 1928. She had a difficult childhood which affected her life and career, but she went on to play a variety of nightclubs and became famous for her spectacular voice and ability to move her audience to tears. Her final years, however, were tragic. She became addicted to heroine, was swindled out of her earnings, and died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 44 with only $0.70 in the bank. She was arrested on her deathbed, in 1959, as narcotic addiction at that time was considered a crime, not an illness.

4) What singer is known as the "Empress of the Blues"?


Bessie Smith, the greatest of all blues singers, is known as the "Empress of the Blues". A protégé of an earlier blues singer named Ma Rainey, Bessie recorded during the 1920s. Her flair and dramatic style would set the stage for many artists to come, including other transitional favorites from the 1950's, such as Etta James and Dinah Washington. Bessie Smith died at the young age of forty-three in a tragic automobile accident.

5) Who was rocketed to super-stardom in 1998 by the hit single "Baby One More Time"?


"Baby One More Time" was Britney Spears' first hit. The album sold over 13 million copies in the US and rocketed Britney to super-stardom.

6) Who was awarded the very first gold record?


Although there were earlier publicity stunts involving records sprayed with gold lacquer, the actual award recognized today as a Gold Record was first awarded to Perry Como in 1958 for his recording of "Catch a Falling Star".

7) Which of Sheryl Crow's hit singles was adapted from the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper?


"All I Wanna Do" is adapted from the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper. Sheryl Crow had written music for the song but was unhappy with her original lyrics. Her producer bought her ten random books of poetry, and Crow adapted "Fun" to accompany the music. Cooper is listed as a co-writer and receives royalties from the song.

8) What pop singer is known as "The Material Girl"?


Madonna became known as "The Material Girl" after her hit single of the same name hit the charts in 1984. She hates it, claiming she would never have done the song if she knew the name would stick.

9) What was the band known as Linkin Park originally called?


While Linkin Park was at one time called "Hybrid Theory", they started out as "Xero". For legal reasons, they eventually dropped both of the original names and settled on "Linkin Park" (a deliberate misspelling of the Santa Monica, California landmark Lincoln Park).

10) What Depeche Mode song was inspired by Priscilla Presley's book Elvis and Me?


"Personal Jesus" was inspired by Priscilla Presley's book Elvis And Me, in which she describes her relationship with Elvis Presley.

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