Thursday’s quiz

Everyone is invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual chocolate roulade.

10 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Teletext says:

    Who are the following better known as?

    1. Mary Pollock

    2. Catherine Wilson Malcolm

    3. Jessica Ellen Cornish

    4. Nguyen Sinh Cung aka Nguyen Ai Quoc

    5. Lucille Ryan

    6. Dolly Rebecca Dean


  2. Andrei says:


    (3)Ho Chi Minh

    (6) Dolly Parton


  3. Andrei says:

    (1) What was the Brill Building Famous for?

    (2) I mentioned the group of sessions musicians known as the Wrecking Crew on the Glen Campbell memorial post yesterday. There was one female member, very prominent. Can you name her and her instrument?

    (3) Herbie Flowers was a prominent English session musician of the early seventies who came up with one of the most recognizable bass lines of all time which defines the song on which it was used – can you name the song?

    (4) One of Sir Richard Branson’s first business ventures was “Virgin Records” – What was the first record released by Virgin Records?

    (5) When the Beatles first single was released they were touring as the opening act for England’s top female singer, can you name her?

    And how old was she when she became famous?


  4. Gravedodger says:

    1 Enid Blyton
    2 Kate Shepherd
    3 Jesse J
    4 Ho Chi Minh
    5 Lucy Lawless
    6 Dolly Parton.

    A 1 Music studios
    2 Pass
    3 Walk on the wildside Lou Reed
    4 Pass.
    5 Cilla Black (Guess not hopeful)


  5. Gravedodger says:

    Maiden Names for:
    1 Bronagh Key
    2 Thea Muldoon
    3 Florence Holland
    4 Norma Holyoake
    5 Mary English
    6 Mrs Gravedodger ( to hopefully secure that Roulade for a virtual dinner tomorrow night for two) Come on people help me out here at present I am going to have to share it with Andrei.
    7 For a bonus the above six women share an increasingly remarkable personal trait.


  6. Teletext says:


    1. It was the home to many of the great songwriters and just up the road from Tin Pan Alley. Songwriters such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Neil Sedaka, Johhny Mercer and many more.

    2. Carol Kaye, Bass Guitar – they were a great group of musos who worked on Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” and with the wonderful producer Snuff Garrett

    3. Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”. It still sounds as great today as it did the first time I heard it.

    4. Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”

    5. A 17 year old Helen Shapiro. Gravedodger, I thought Cilla Black too until I remembered that John Lennon introduced Cilla to their manager Brian Epstein who launched her career.


  7. Gravedodger says:

    Agree Tt after posting I also recalled It was beetles manager who launched Precilla White.

    Somehow the Beetles never connected with me, Could have been the manufactured false as ice in the desert histeria.

    The Monkeys and how they were created confirmed my prejudice.

    Swmbo and self got suckered into the recent tour by the sad remnants of that creation and went home rueing the money wasted.
    Only Dolenz and Took, very loud. I guess it becoming too much for Nesmith says it all.
    Nice meal before and great company made it worthwhile.


  8. Andrei says:

    Somehow the Beetles never connected with me, Could have been the manufactured false as ice in the desert histeria.

    I think GD that most people will agree that John Lennon and Paul McCartney are among the most influential and important song writers of the 20th century both individually and in combination , if not the most influential

    People do Phds on their compositions some of which are extraordinary

    Whether you like it or not recorded music is a product and the format of popular songs in the 20th century demanded that they be less than three minutes long for radio play though initially that constraint came from what would fit on one side of a 78 rpm record

    There are other drivers when it comes to recorded music as well and that is the recording and playback equipment – Brass instruments recorded very well on the equipment of the 30s and 40s which is why we had the “Big Band” era while the gut strung classical guitar was very difficult to record and didn’t reproduce well so it wasn’t heard so much

    All of which went (goes) into the calculations of song publishers, record companies and producers as well as successful recording artists


  9. Gravedodger says:

    You hold that opinion Andrei.

    Shostokovich, Irving Berlin, John Denver, Cliff Richard, Paul Simon, Barbara Streisand, Johnnie Cash, Rogers and Hammerstein, Judith Durham and the Seekers and Buddy Holly all made my play list before “The Fab Four”.

    The darker side around mass hysteria and substances plus their Mystic addons with the Swami made great copy for an obsessed media and hence Fashion.

    Paul Mccartney solo and with Wings made a greater impression.

    Looking back (I do a lot of that these days) I guess I had Your ‘most influential’ in the second team along with Presley.


  10. Andrei says:

    You cannot seriously compare Dmitri Shostakovich with Cliff Richard GD

    Cliff Richard was a product of a marketing machine, he was told what to wear, what to sing, probably even when to take a dump in his early years

    He is credited as co-writer on six songs none of which are memorable – most of his hits are formulaic and written by other people – the songs being virtually unknown outside the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His influence on the development of Western music, zip. He’s done well to survive 60 years in show business but he is an entertainer not a composer.

    About 90% of popular songs you hear on the radio have this structure intro/verse /chorus /second verse /chorus /middle 8/chorus /fade chorus

    And the same chord progressions are used over and over = literally hundreds if not thousands of songs in the past fifty years have been based on Pachelbel’s Canon in D – I V vi iii IV I IV V

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney consistently broke the rules –

    Consider Eleanor Rigby – its in the Dorian mode for a start,

    Starts with the chorus, 1st verse ,bridge, 2nd verse, bridge, chorus, 3rd verse, chorus and the coda which is a fade out on the bridge – that is so different to the usual radio fare

    The subject matter is different to, not the usual early adult angst of pining for love etc,

    And on the other side of the 45 – a kids song Yellow Submarine

    Just think how off the wall that was when it was done and that’s amazing if you think about it. And the only reason why the suits allowed them to do it was because of their stature as recording artists


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