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TAZ’s Music Trivia

If you’ve been listening to TAZ on Blip.fm you’d have noticed that along with the great tunes we play we occasionally post music trivia…

some of this trivia is memories from my past and others are as a result of curious research or something I just fell into…one way or another.

Some of this trivia is in our 20 music lists located on the main page, and some only available here or on our DJ Station…it may take us awhile to gather it all up from our DJ Station but eventually we’ll get it all posted here.

Unlike our 20 music lists where we linked each song to the song we blipped ( again the availability of the song is dependent upon Blip ) there won’t be any attempt here to link the trivia to a song. It’ll be time consuming enough just gathering all the trivia we’ve posted and re-posting it here. However the re-posting might link to the song regardless, at this point we just don’t know…I suppose we’ll find out when we repost the trivia.

On a side note we are always looking for talented people like our dear friend @Butterose  who can contribute quality to TAZ…if you think that’s you then give me a shout on Blip ot Twitter.

We also luv comments…so don’t be shy…if you post them we ‘ will ‘ read them. Well…let’s get to it:

TAZ’s Music Trivia ( as posted on Blip.fm )

As always, whatever links may exist may or may not go to the actual song…we have no control over the maintenace of links on Blip.

This was the Ugly Ducklings greatest hit…but it wasn’t really…it was actually performed by the lead singer and the NBC orchestra (reblip) The Ugly Ducklings – Gaslight

He did have two rock songs but only this one made the pop charts (reblip) search for Tommy Tutone - 867 5309 (Jenny) Tommy Tutone – 867 5309 (Jenny)

The Four Tops also sang backup for the Supremes and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas on some of their songs including MRTV’s smash hit My Baby Loves Me (reblip) search for The Four Tops - Sugar Pie Honey Bunch The Four Tops – Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

Besides this song she also wrote songs for Elvis, Barbara Streisand, and Cher (reblip) search for Buffy Sainte-Marie - Codine Buffy Sainte-Marie – Codine

Monkees guitarist Mike Nesmith wrote this song (reblip) search for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponys - Different Drum Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponys – Different Drum

One day while out riding with her dad, Stella McCartney stopped to stare at him. It had just come to her at that moment. Hey! You’re Paul McCartney (reblip) search for Say Say Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson Say Say Say by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

Gene Pitney recorded this song for the movie starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. But was never included in the film (reblip) search for Gene Pitney - (The Man Who Shot) Liiberty Valance Gene Pitney – (The Man Who Shot) Liiberty Valance

This was actually an ‘ answer ‘ song to Neil Young’s songs, “Southern Man” and “Alabama” (reblip) search for LYNYRD SKYNYRD - Sweet Home Alabama LYNYRD SKYNYRD – Sweet Home Alabama

Michael Kennedy was working for a Astronautics Company when he wrote this song, and later went on to work on the International Space Station (reblip) search for Heartbeat, Its a Lovebeat- Defranco Family Heartbeat, Its a Lovebeat- Defranco Family

Her real name is Donna Sommer, but Oasis records made a spelling mistake on the label…so she kept it for the rest of her career (reblip) search for Donna Summer - She Works Hard For The Money Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money

Drummer Keith Moon was banned from the studio while the rest of The Who were recording vocals…due to the fact he couldn’t sing worth a shit (reblip) search for Who are You Who are You

Rick James is the nephew of Temptations vocalist Melvin Franklin search for Rick James - Super Freak Rick James – Super Freak

You might not know this but Paul Simon never sang on the recording of this song (reblip) search for Bridge over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

This song was written by Christie for the Tremeloes, but they turned it down so he sang it himself (reblip) search for Christie - Yellow River Christie – Yellow River

This is a suicide song written by two members of Badfinger who later killed themselves search for Harry Nilsson - WITHOUT YOU Harry Nilsson – WITHOUT YOU

All of Slade’s hits were written by band members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea (reblip) search for SLADE! Cum on feel the noize SLADE! Cum on feel the noize

This was the first number one hit to feature a Moog Synthesiser (reblip) search for Chicory Tip - Son of my Father 1972 Chicory Tip – Son of my Father

This song was written by John Philips of the mama’s and papa’s (reblip) search for Scott McKenzie - If You\'re Going To San Francisco Scott McKenzie – If You’re Going To San Francisco

Jim Peterik wrote this song because the girl he was datin’ at the time would only go out with him when she needed a lift someplace (reblip) search for Ides of March - Vehicle Ides of March – Vehicle ( they did eventually get married )

When Janis Joplin was in college in 1963, a local fraternity voted her “The Ugliest Man on Campus (reblip) search for janis joplin me and bobby mc gee janis joplin me and bobby mc gee

Chevy Chase was Donald Fagen and Walter Becker’s drummer in the group The Leather Canary (reblip) search for Steely Dan- Do It Again Steely Dan- Do It Again |

Was a B-side that wasn’t supposed to hit…since then over 42 different artists have recorded the song (reblip) search for Nazareth - Love Hurts Nazareth – Love Hurts

James Wesley Voight aka Chip Taylor wrote this and many other songs, was the brother of Jon Voight and uncle of actress Angelina Jolie (reblip) search for The Troggs- Wild Thing The Troggs- Wild Thing

Canada’s first group to have a record certified quadruple platinum (reblip) search for Trooper - The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car Trooper – The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car

Max Webster included Kim Mitchell & Terry Watkinson…the group broke up while on the verge of superstar success (reblip) search for Max Webster - Battle Scar Max Webster – Battle Scar

Their members included Jim Crichton who formed Saga, Doni Underhill of Trooper, and Greg Godovitz of Goddo (reblip) search for Fludd - Brother and Me (1975) Fludd – Brother and Me

Was second only to Lightfoot in sales by a Canadian Folk Rock musician … (reblip) search for Valdy - Play Me A Rock\'n\'Roll Song Valdy – Play Me A Rock’n’Roll Song

Bruce Cockburn was the head of The Esquires and The Children before going solo (reblip) search for Bruce Cockburn Lovers In A Dangerous Time Bruce Cockburn “Lovers In A Dangerous Time”

Brooker, before forming Procol Harum was the lead singer of The Paramounts who had the hit Poison Ivy (reblip) search for Procol Harum - A whiter shade of pale 1967 Procol Harum – A whiter shade of pale

Les was the lead singer for the The Staccatos and The Five man Electrical Band and had a hit solo career as well (reblip) search for Les Emmerson - Cry Your Eyes Out Les Emmerson – Cry Your Eyes Out

You’ll probably remember the remake by the group Wednesday in 74′ or the cover by Pearl Jam…but the original excels search for Last Kiss - J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers Last Kiss – J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers

The lead singer was Paul Carrack, who also sang with Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics. Rod Stewart did a cover that was a hit as well. search for ACE How long 1974 ACE How long

You may not know this but he was also the lead singer for The McCoys search for Rick Derringer - Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo Rick Derringer – Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo

Rod Argent was the keyboardist for the Zombies and KISS covered Argent’s song God gave rock n’ roll to you search for Argent - Hold Your Head Up Argent – Hold Your Head Up

Every freak act from Alice Cooper on owes homage to this man…if you find a video…watch it 😉 (reblip) Arthur Brown – Fire

Probably the sexiest song ever produced (reblip) Serge Gainsbourg – Je t’aime moi non plus

A not very well known group in North America but has a very Beatles sound (reblip) The Gants – I Wonder

Second trivia. This family group was touted as Canada’s Jackson Family…and for all intents and purposes it was just as good (reblip) The DeFranco Family – Heartbeat, It’s A Lovebeat

Jimi did this cover of Gloria by Them, the 45 release had no B side at all, it was just blank (reblip) search for Jimi Hendrix Gloria Jimi Hendrix Gloria

The biggest song they had…unfortunately it wasn’t released until after they had already broken up and moved on to other projects (reblip) The Zombies – Time Of The Season

They only had the one…the 45 never had a B side so they put this song on the B side backwards (reblip) Yellowballoon Yellowballoon

OK…yes, it’s Bruce Willis..Mr. Diehard himself doing the groovy thing… (reblip) search for Devil Woman - Bruce Willis Devil Woman – Bruce Willis

This song was written by Jagger and Richards (reblip) search for Chris Farlowe - Out of Time Chris Farlowe – Out of Time

This group was originally called Little Miss and The Muffets search for Going To The Chapel Of Love-  The Dixie Cups Going To The Chapel Of Love- The Dixie Cups

A mega radio hit at the time in 79′, the radio stations couldn’t get enough of it (reblip) search for Triumph - Lay It On The Line Triumph – Lay It On The Line

Most may not be aware that this song is really about cannibalism… (reblip) search for Timothy the Buoys “Timothy” the Buoys

This song was somewhat of a tribute to Edgar Allen Poe (reblip) search for Glass Prism - The Raven Glass Prism – The Raven

Second trivia. …the group was also named after a breed of cat (reblip) search for Procol Harum - A whiter shade of pale 1967 Procol Harum – A whiter shade of pale

This song was first recorded by Grace Slick and The Great Society previously to her joining JA on October 16, 1966 (reblip) search for somebody to love-jefferson airplane somebody to love-jefferson airplane

This band was notorious for going through members, 40 people at one time or another were members search for canned heat  on the road again (Montreux 1973) canned heat “on the road again”

Edwin Starr also had hits under his real name Charles Hatcher search for War - Edwin Starr War – Edwin Starr

This group formed in Toronto in 1969…yep. they were around that long ago search for Rush - Limelight Rush – Limelight

David Clayton Thomas was born David Thomsett search for Blood, Sweat & Tears - And When I Die 1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears – And When I Die

Second trivia. David Thomsett was actually from England, he immigrated to Canada (reblip) search for Blood Sweat and Tears - God Bless the Child Blood Sweat and Tears – God Bless the Child

After leaving Ronnie in 63′ they called themselves the Canadian Esquires, Levon & The Hawks, and then The Crackers before settling on just The Band (reblip) search for The Band, Up On Cripple Creek The Band, Up On Cripple Creek

John Lennon spent some time on his ranch in Ontario (reblip) search for Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks - Bo Diddley Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks – Bo Diddley

John’s brother Dennis went by the name Mars Bonfire (reblip) search for Steppenwolf - Monster Steppenwolf – Monster

Second trivia. And speaking of Mars Bonfire…here ya go (reblip) search for Mars Bonfire - Here Nor There Mars Bonfire – Here Nor There

Skip Prokop left this moderately successful group to form Lighthouse (reblip) search for PAUPERS NEVER SEND YOU FLOWERS PAUPERS NEVER SEND YOU FLOWERS

They hailed from the Vancouver music scene (reblip) search for Chilliwack - Arms Of Mary Chilliwack – Arms Of Mary

This hit song was actually a cover of the original by Larry McClinton in 1939 search for Nino Tempo&April Stevens - Deep Purple 1963 Nino Tempo&April Stevens – Deep Purple

Their first album was released as ‘Chicago Transit Authority’, but after the city of Chicago threatened to sue them they changed their name to Chicago search for Chicago - If You Leave Me Now Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

This song was written by J.P. Richardson, aka The Big Bopper search for Johnny Preston-RUNNING BEAR.wmv Johnny Preston-RUNNING BEAR

Gene Pitney recorded this song for the movie starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. But was never included in the film (reblip) search for Gene Pitney - (The Man Who Shot) Liiberty Valance Gene Pitney – (The Man Who Shot) Liiberty Valance

Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on its runways to scare birds away (reblip) search for Tina & Ike Turner - Proud Mary Tina & Ike Turner – Proud Mary

Gary was Jerry Lewis’ son (reblip) Gary Lewis & The Playboys – This Diamond Ring

When first issued the fine print under the title said “From the United Artists Release Eight Arms To Hold You”, the original name for the film Help! (reblip) search for The Beatles-Ticket To Ride The Beatles-Ticket To Ride

If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me” was derived from a quote by Groucho Marx (reblip) search for THE BELLAMY BROTHERS If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body THE BELLAMY BROTHERS “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body”

This was never meant to be a hit, it was the B side of Hung On You (reblip) search for Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

Andy White, who played drums on this Beatles’ track only received his original session fee of £7 ($14 US) (reblip) search for Love me Do-The Beatles \' 62 Love me Do-The Beatles

In 1969, Jagger said: I don’t really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can’t play the guitar either (reblip) search for Brown Sugar-Rolling Stones Brown Sugar-Rolling Stones

Tom Dawes of The Cyrkle wrote the famous “plop plop fizz fizz” jingle for Alka-Seltzer (reblip) search for Cyrkle - Red Rubber Ball - 45 rpm Cyrkle – Red Rubber Ball

In 1962, the Beatles received a rejection letter from Decca Recording Company saying “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out search for The Beatles- Something The Beatles- Something

Bobby “Boris” Pickett was working part time as a cab driver when this song hit (reblip) search for bobby \'boris\' pickett & the cryptkickers - monster mash bobby ‘boris’ pickett & the cryptkickers – monster mash

Doug Fieger, is the older brother of famed attorney Jeffrey Fieger, who defended doctor-assisted suicide advocate, Dr. Jack Kervorkian (reblip) search for The Knack - Heartbeat The Knack – Heartbeat

This song was co-written by Dave Ritz who suggested that Gaye needed some “sexual healing” after seeing Marvin Gaye’s large collection of pornography (reblip) search for Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing

Even though the members of America are all from the US, they actually met and formed the group while they were living in the UK (reblip) search for America - Ventura Highway America – Ventura Highway

Most people may not be aware that Cher was a background vocalist on this song search for The Righteous Brothers You\'ve Lost That Loving Feeling The Righteous Brothers You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

Had 99 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop chart. 44 of them made the Top 40, but none ever reached number one (reblip) search for James Brown - I Feel Good James Brown – I Feel Good

Ron Dante who sang lead vocals did not earn any royalties for the hit, he did the session for the musicians’ union scale wage search for Sugar, Sugar by The Archies Sugar, Sugar by The Archies

Eagles’ bassist Timothy B. Schmit sang backing vocals on this song (reblip) search for FIREFALL Live 1979   Just Remember I Love You FIREFALL Live 1979 “Just Remember I Love You”

Was a B-side that wasn’t supposed to hit…over 42 different artists have since recorded the song (reblip) search for Nazareth - Love Hurts Nazareth – Love Hurts

The chords and structure of this hit are actually the chords to his previous hit, “I Think We’re Alone Now” in reverse (reblip) search for Tommy James & The Shondells - Mirage (Live) Tommy James & The Shondells – Mirage

In order to give fans a “gold record”, the first 100,000 copies of this song by Grand Funk Railroad were stamped out of gold colored vinyl (reblip) search for GRAND FUNK RAILROAD - WE\'RE AN AMERICAN BAND GRAND FUNK RAILROAD – WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND

Darlene Love, who sang lead vocals on “He’s A Rebel” and “He’s Sure The Boy I Love”, played Danny Glover’s wife in all four Lethal Weapon movies (reblip) search for He\'s sure the boy I Love - The Crystals He’s sure the boy I Love – The Crystals

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2 Responses to TAZ’s Music Trivia

  1. admin June 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Thanks Mario!

  2. Mario June 13, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Love your site. Yorkville is a district in downtown Toronto centred on Yorkville Avenue. The Ducks were originally from the Scarborough area of Toronto, which is a suburban borough on the east side.

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