Further evidence of a misspent youth ….
Years ago I rolled out a blog of rock’n’roll trivia just for the heck of it. To my great surprise, I think that post generated more comments than any other blog I’ve written. I don’t know if that says more about me, or the people who read my blogs, or what. But here I go again, on my own ….
This is just for fun. It’s mostly reflective of the music I grew up listening to, what I liked then and to a large extent still like today. It’s primarily about music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Check that – it’s all from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I think I quit listening at that point.* (Beyonce who?) There is admittedly a heavy bias toward The Beatles. Deal with it.
So here you go, my second-ever Rock’n’Roll Trivia challenge. How many of these do you know? The rule: No Googling (or Bing-ing or Yahoo-ing or anything else of that sort). Cheaters will be sentenced to an extra ten millennia in purgatory tethered to a very talkative narcissist. With OCD. Listening to Air Supply.
Just kidding! If that offends you … please exit now and save us all the grief.
No 33 1/3 rpm vinyl records were harmed in the making of this list.
- The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” was written about whom?
- What Beatles’ song did John Lennon record by himself – no Paul, George or Ringo?
- Where did the title line for “Eight Days a Week” come from?
- What was the inspiration for Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”?
- How did The Band get their name?
- Joan Baez’ “Diamonds and Rust” was written about whom?
- Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” was written about whom?
- What were Simon & Garfunkel known as before they were simply Simon & Garfunkel?
- Who is the first non-British act signed to Apple Records?
- The Allman Brothers’ “Jessica” was written about whom?
- Who are the “holy host of others standing around me” James Taylor refers to in “Carolina in My Mind”?
- What was Earth, Wind & Fire known as before they were Earth, Wind & Fire?
- In Paul McCartney’s “Let ‘Em In,” who are Phil and Don?
- Where did the name Earth, Wind & Fire come from?
- Who turned down the song “After the Love Has Gone” before Earth, Wind & Fire recorded it?
- What was Steely Dan known as before they were Steely Dan?
- What was Styx known as before they were Styx?
- What was Boston known as before they were Boston?
- Who coined the term “Parrotheads” for Jimmy Buffett’s die-hard fans?
- Where did the name REO Speedwagon come from?
- Who did ten-year-old Tom Petty meet that inspired him to be a rocker?
- What is The Edge’s real name?
- Who did John Lennon say was his favorite band just before his death in 1980?
- What is the inspiration for Toto’s “Africa”?
- How did the Traveling Willburys get their name?
- Who is Declan MacManus?
- How did Mr. Mister get their name?
- What was the inspiration for Tears for Fears’ “Shout”?
- Who is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner?
- And in honor of the popularity of the recent Oscar-winning movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” what is Freddy Mercury’s real name?
The fact that I’ve included these artists and songs is not in any way to be taken as an endorsement of the lifestyle and morality of these artists – this is just for fun.
I’ll post the answers in a few days. Another reason to keep on living, no?
Do you have any rock’n’roll trivia questions for the rest of us?
Good luck, and please: No wagering.
*Not really. There are some current bands I like a lot – U2, still (of course), Coldplay, Switchfoot, Dawes and a recent discovery, an Irish trio I can’t get enough of, The Script. So there.