And here is the latest and greatest from Howard, May 20 2022:

Alexander – I definitely like all the things Whit suggests.

As far as one-hit wonders, I’d offer the Monotones (“Book of Love”), summertime songs including the Jamies (“Summertime Summertime”), Jerry Keller (“Here Comes Summer”) and a rash of novelty songs: “Sheb Wooley (“Purple People Eater”), Bobby “Boris” Pickett (“Monster Mash”), and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (“I Put A Spell On You”)

For the girl groups (who peaked around 1963), you also had the Angels, Shangri-Las, Crystals, Ronettes, Pixies Three, Essex and many more. But we shouldn’t forget the pioneer groups from the ‘50s including the one-hit wonder Teddy Bears (“To Know Him Is To Love Him”), Chantels (“Maybe”), one-hit wonder Poni-Tails (“Born Too Late”) and the Shirelles who had a number of hits. Also the relics from the Hit Parade era who had rock and roll hits: The Chordettes (“Lollipop”) and McGuire Sisters (“Sugartime”).

Some EXTRA CREDIT Questions:

Q: What girls name song from 1958 has two other girls name song titles from the same years as four consecutive words in its lyrics?

A: Dede Dinah by Frankie Avalon, which contains the lyrics “Bony Moronie Peggy Sue”

Q: What dances did Chubby Checker (itself a play on Fats Domino; his real name was Ernie Evans) sing about?

A: The Twist (of course!),Hucklebuck, Fly, Pony, Popeye, Limbo

By the way, looking at Bob’s excellent additions to my moniker list from the mid-late 60s, I again realize that I have the musical taste of a 81 year old ex-cop from Staten Island!! And as I told Bob many times, my musical knowledge extends from early rock ’n roll until the moment when the Beatles crossed into North American airspace that fateful February day in 1964.

New ideas from Whit Whitman May 12 2022:

My idea is ‘one hit wonders’. There are plenty of examples of songs which hit it big, but the performers were never able to repeat their “15 minutes” of stardom.

Several come to mind (although I’ll probably forget them tomorrow):

“Hey! baby” –(Hey! Baby” is a song written by Margaret Cobb and Bruce Channel, and recorded by Channel in 1961)

“Tequila” –The Champs Great vid from Dick Clark:
fyi the jazz version of this song, by guitarist George Benson is highly revered…

“Lion sleeps tonight” (The Tokens, released 17 November 1961)

“Liar, liar”
The Castaways 1965
Debbie Harry (Blondie) covered the song in 1988, it reached #14 on the pop charts.

Twin Cities rock.

“Surfin bird”
I didn’t recognize the title but the words are definitely familiar: Bird is the word (again)
The Trashmen released Nov 13 1963, reached #4!
Interesting conflation with Papa Oom Mau Mau, full details here

Yes, the last two give my hometown away!

Suspect that each of you can add to the above.

Another potential area is songs by girl groups…’63-‘68. I’m not talking about the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, or the like, but rather acts like the Toys, Dixie Cups, Chiffons, Marvelettes, any group with Darlene Love in it, and etc. I suspect that Howard would nail this group, but for most folks, I’d be willing to bet there would be plenty of confusion and second-guessing. And, were you to add even more examples, even with a match the group with the song format, I forecast a “ball of confusion”…too tempting!

“For what it’s worth”.

Contributions from HS May 11 2022:

Some more music questions (sorry but it’s my strong suit!):

Q: How are Country singer Mickey Gilley (who died this week), Jerry Lee Lewis and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart connected?

A: They were cousins who grew up together in the northern Louisiana town of Ferriday.

Name the singers associated with their monikers:

The King
The Killer
Mr. Excitement
The Genius
The Iceman
Little Miss Dynamite
The Fat Man
The Man In Black


Jerry Lee Lewis
Jackie Wilson
Ray Charles
Jerry Butler
Brenda Lee
Fats Domino
Johnny Cash

Friendly amendment AFC May 5 2022:

Which famous contemporary artist mentions all these place names in his body of work:
Names: Memphis, Delacroix, Mississippi, Durango, New York City

A: Bob Dylan

Extra credit: identify the song for each place name:
Memphis: Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again (Blonde on Blonde)
Delacroix: Tangled up in Blue (Blood on the Tracks)
Mississippi: Mississippi (Time Out of Mind)
Durango: Romance in Durango (Desire)
New York City: Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Highway 61 Revisited)

May 5 2022 BobH (written before, date??)

Know your musical geography

Some of us remember the towns where that “Travelin’ Man,” Rick(y) Nelson, went. How about these places, with song title and artist?

1. “____ cats, they’s clean as country water”?

A. Nashville, “Nashville Cats,” the Lovin’ Spoonful.

2. Where did Rocky Racoon live?

A. Somewhere in the Black Mountain hills of Dakota, “Rocky Racoon,” the Beatles.

3. “___ mining disaster, 1941”?

A. New York, “New York Mining Disaster, 1941,” The Bee Gees

4. Where should you remember to wear some flowers in your hair?

A. San Francisco, “San Francisco,” Scott MacKenzie

5. Where was the “dirty water”?

A. The River Charles, Boston, “Dirty Water,” the Standells

6. What was the Copacabana north of? It was considered an even hotter spot.

A. Havana, “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow.

7. “Your mother, she’s an heiress, owns a block in _____?

A. Saint John’s Wood, “Play with Fire,” Rolling Stones

8. “Tell your mama, tell your pa. I’m gonna send you back to ____”

A. Arkansas, “What’d I Say,” Ray Charles

9. “_____ wants me. Lord, I can’t go back there.”

A. Indiana, “Indiana wants me,” R. Dean Taylor

10. “And if you get lost, come on home to ____.”

A. Green River, “Green River,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

11. “I’m going to take my problems to the ______”

A. United Nations, “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran

12. In the song “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas, which of these cities was not mentioned: (a) Atlanta, (b) Oakland, (c) Memphis, (d) none of the above.

A. (d) none of the above

13. “Then you flew your Lear jet up to ______ to see the total eclipse of the sun.”

A. Nova Scotia, “You’re so vain,” Carly Simon

14. “Oh I was only 24 hours from ____”

A. Tulsa, “Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa,” Gene Pitney

15. Where is the little café in “Come a Little Bit Closer”?

A. Just the other side of the border,“Come a Little Bit Closer,” Jay and the Americans

16. “Why don’t we do it ______?”

A. In the road, “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road,” the Beatles

17. “I feel the ___ move under my feet.”

A. Earth, “I feel the Earth Move,” Carole King

18. “I left my home in ____, headed for the _____”

A. Georgia…Frisco Bay, “The Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding

19. “There is a rose in …”

A. Spanish Harlem, “Spanish Harlem,” Ben E. King

20. “______ is melting in the dark”

A. MacArthur Park, “MacArthur Park,” Richard Harris

May 4 2022 AFC
Q. Which early Beatles hit came from a well known American musical?
A. Till there was you (The Music Man)

Q. Which of the following are NOT well known British motorcycle brands

a. Ariel
b. Velocette
c. Norton
d. BSA
e. Triumph
f. Brough Superior
g. Vincent
h. Matchless

A. None. They are all or were well known brands.

Bob H in reaction to Howard S April 2 2022

I thought of the NJ Turnpike S & J reference but forgot to include it.
I think there is an early seventies’ America song called “Ventura Highway.”

There is! 1972

but (the) Highway 101 is actually known as (the) Ventura Freeway

And what about the song, “Expressway to your heart”? It says “I got caught in rush hour(!)” while the chorus chants, “It was too crowded,” or something like that.
The Soul Survivors
Expressway to Your Heart (1967)

Howard S (in reaction to Bob’s geo set) April 2 2022
1) The best line from “Summertime Blues” was…”I called my congressman and he said…quote…I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote”

2) What component of the Interstate Highway System is mentioned in the lyrics of two rock songs?

A: New Jersey Turnpike in Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” and “You Can’t Catch Me” by Chuck Berry

3) Ricky Nelson recorded a follow-on song to “Travelin’ Man” in 1961 (same year) called “A Wonder Like You” whose lyrics mentioned Alaska, Peru, Egypt, Hawaii, England (White Cliffs of Dover) and Siam!

Bob H Feb 3 2022
Arhthur Anderson / Lennon / Beatles.
AFC I believe the name was Arthur Alexander


Beatles studio version:

Beatles live (hmm)

That was an early sixties pop music item/potential trivia question. Anderson [Alexander] was a black American pioneer in a soul/country fusion style. “Anna” was a minor hit by Anderson [Alexander] , and J. Lennon liked it enough to sing it on an early Beatles album. It has a catchy drum hook/rhythm. I admit it is obscure, but it’s another interesting example of the influence of black American music on the British Invasion.

Bob H Jan 4 2021
Divisiveness and turbulent times in American politics are nothing new. During our undergraduate years,

Q. Who was Barry Goldwater’s Vice Presidential running mate in 1964?

A. William Miller, Congressman from upstate New York.

Q. Which presidential aspirant claimed to have been “brainwashed?” Concerning what?

A. Republican Governor George Romney of Michigan. US military involvement in Vietnam.

Q. What percentage of the Democratic primary vote did Senator Eugene McCarthy win against the incumbent president, Lyndon Johnson, in New Hampshire in 1968? 33%? 42%? 51%?

A. 42%

Q. What was George Wallace’s third-party presidential campaign slogan in 1968?

A. “Stand up for America”

Q. What is the name of the bridge in Selma, Alabama, that Martin Luther King and other civil rights protesters crossed on March 9, 1965?

A. The Edmund Pettus Bridge

Q. The opinions about the Vietnam War espoused by what famous person in public life, not a politician, helped convince President Johnson to withdraw from the 1968 race for the White House? What catch phrase was he associated with?

A. News broadcaster Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America.” Phrase: “And that’s the way it is.”

Q. What candidate for governor in 1966 received national attention for his campaign slogan, “Your home is your castle, protect it”? Who defeated him?

A. George Mahoney, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland. Spiro Agnew defeated him, and two years later became Richard Nixon’s Vice Presidential running mate..

Q. Who was George Wallace’s running mate for Vice President in 1968?

A. Retired General Curtis LeMay.

Q. What activist musical artist confronted First Lady Ladybird Johnson about Vietnam at a 1968 White House luncheon held to consider the problem of juvenile delinquency.

A. Eartha Kitt

Q. Where did the following statement originate: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white–separate and unequal”?

A. The 1967 Kerner Commission report on civil unrest

Williams History Trivia:
BobH Feb 22

Q. Which of these events never happened?

(a) A student expedition to Greenland in 1860

(b) Quarrying of stone by students to help build the Hopkins Observatory

(c) The sale of seats in the recitation room by freshmen and sophomore to the next class

A. All happened

Q. Who was the last Williams College president trained as a Congregational minister:

(a) Henry Hopkins

(b) Tyler Dennett

(c) Harry Garfield

A. (a) Tyler Dennett (who served from 1934 to 1937)
see this link for details on Dennett’s resignation:

Q. Williams College presidents served in the two World Wars in federal government positions. Who were they, and in what agencies did they serve?

A. WWI: Harry Garfield, Federal Fuels Administration (controlling coal supplies)

WWII: James Phinney Baxter III, Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the CIA

Q. What event destroyed the barnlike gym in 1883, just as the class of 1833 was having its 50th reunion dinner there?

A. A freakish tornado that swept through Williamstown

Q. Which Williams College president commissioned the development of the first campus plan? What company conducted it?

A. Henry Hopkins, in 1902. The Olmsted Brothers.

Q. Which two dormitories bear the names of alumni who served as governors of the State of New York?

A. Morgan Hall (Edwin Morgan) and Lehman Hall (Herbert Lehman)

Q. Who was the first woman faculty member to become a tenured professor, and when?

A. Russian teacher Doris DeKeyselingk, in 1966

Q. What did Gardner Cotrell Leonard ’87 (1887) do for his graduating class?

A. Designed their graduation gowns. He later advised the commission which developed the standard academic attire adopted in America.

Q. Which Williams College president wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of a United States Secretary of State?

A. Tyler Dennett, John Hay: From Poetry to Politics (1933)

Q. What was the first dormitory built with indoor plumbing and central heating?

A. Morgan Hall

Q. What building was torn down to build the Sawyer Library, which has since also been demolished?

A. The ex-fraternity house of Sigma Phi

Q. Who was the first Williams College President since the mid-nineteenth century not to have been a Williams alumnus?

A. John Chandler (in office 1973-85)

Q. What feature of Griffin Hall did Frank Lloyd Wright criticize?

A. The front door

Q. What did the members of the Art Department think of Baxter Hall?

A. Every member signed a public letter of protest against it (in 1952).

Q. President Morty Schapiro made clear that he had the student union of what other college in mind when the Paresky Student Center was designed?

A. Middlebury

Q. What has the 2016 landscaping with marble slabs adjacent to Chapin Hall been nicknamed?

A. “Falkhenge” and “Explosion in a Q. What has the 2016 landscaping with marble slabs adjacent to Chapin Hall been nicknamed?

A. “Falkhenge” and “Explosion in a Marble Quarry”

Dec 20 2021
1) Who were the Chipmunks (Simon, Theodore and Alvin) named for?

A: Three executives at Liberty Records, which released the song

2) What other novelty song did David Seville record before The Chipmunk song?

A: The Witch Doctor

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On Dec 20, 2021, at 1:38 PM, Alexander Caskey <[email protected]> wrote:

Great stuff.

Here’s some possible additions:

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me two _____ birds.

a. colley
b. calling
c. curling
d. crow me

a. Colley. Yup. Bet you thought it was “calling”

Bill Whitman Nov 25 2021

 Bobby Goldsboro
Took the recent trivia quiz and suggest to Howard and Bob that I be given “extra credit” for the phrase “it’s too late”. While Carole King is the obvious choice from the artists listed, that phrase is also the title of a Bobby Goldsboro song (albeit not one of his top sellers a la Honey). As the social chairman of Prospect, I bought the 45 for the houses’s juke box in ‘66 (I believe??).

Refrain…”It’s too late to say you’re sorry, it’s too late to say your mine, I have found myself a new love, and I’m going to make her mine, it’s too late, It’s too late”

Feb 24 2021

How about an American version:

New Amsterdam…New York
Quinnipiac…New Haven
Fort Christina…Wilmington (DE)
Swilling’s Mill…Phoenix

And of course:

West Hoosic…Williamstown

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On Feb 24, 2021, at 12:28 PM, HOWARD STEINBERG <[email protected] wrote:

Throughout history, countries, states, territories and cities have undergone name changes for a variety of reasons. For the following list of current cities, name the PREVIOUS names for those cities:

Mumbai (India)
St. Petersburg (Russia)
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
Kolkata (India)
Yangon (Myanmar)
Iqaluit (Canada)
Guangzhou (China)


Frobisher Bay

BONUS Question: what city’s name change was the subject/title of a 1950s smash hit recording?

Answer: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by the Four Lads in 1954