Friday’s answers

Andrei and Teletext get my thanks for posing the questions and educating me in the process.

They can claim a virtual apple and hazelnut crumble by leaving the answers below.

2 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Teletext says:

    In the late 1950s a Canadian and an American singer/songwriter both wrote songs about girls who had been baby-sitters for their siblings. Both songs were world wide hits. The following questions relate to this

    1. Who is the American and what was the name of his song?

    Neil Sedaka “Oh Carol” He was one of the writers in the Brill Building

    2. Who was the subject of the song and what was her claim to fame?

    Carole King who is the most successful female songwriter in the latter half of the 20th century. She was also a singer and her “Tapestry” album remained in the charts for 6 years. Together with her former husband Gerry Goffin they wrote numerous chart hits for other singers. They also worked in the Brill building

    3. In the 1960s, a baby-sitter that this woman had used recorded a song and it was a world wide smash hit. Who was the baby-sitter and what was the song called and who wrote it?

    Eva Narcissus Boyd aka Little Eva “Locomotion” written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. The song was written for her

    4. Who was the Canadian and what was the song? The Canadian took the music from a famous French song, did a different arrangement and wrote new lyrics with the intent of having an Italian/American singer record this song. He did record it and it was another world wide hit and became this singer’s “anthem”. What was this song and who was the Italian/American singer?

    Paul Anka “Diana
    “My Way” Frank Sinatra
    Andrei, you are correct in stating that Anka started singing in the Orthodox Church Choir. His mother was of Lebanese descent and his father was of Syrian descent and both his parents were Antiochian Orthodox Christians

    5. What was the name of the French song and who wrote and recorded it?

    “Comme d’habitude” by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaut with lyrics by Francois and Giles Thibaut. It was originally recorded by Herve Vilard but it didn’t go anywhere so was reluctantly recorded by Francois and became a hit record.

    It is believed that David Bowie tried to write an English version of this song in 1968 but it was rejected and he didn’t finish it. He later worked more on it and it inspired his hit song “Life on Mars”

  2. Andrei says:

    (1) “My darling you’re such a child, you think by saying “I’m Sorry” all the past can be corrected”

    From what work was this dialogue taken and who was the author?

    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    (2) The book was filmed and won several Oscars including best supporting Actress – what was notable about this award? Bonus for naming the actress

    Hattie McDaniel who was the first African American (in today’s jargon) to win an Oscar

    (3) who played Robert E Lee in the 1993 film Gettysburg?

    Martin Sheen

    (4) Who funded this film?

    Ted Turner, whose progressive credentials are impeccable and at one time was married to Jane Fonda

    (5) Should we remove all statues of Queen Victoria and rename all roads that bear her name as a repudiation of 19th century British Imperialism?

    The point here is that according to the narrative of the last few days all these well loved things are racist

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