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Angus Young is synonymous with the Australian heavy metal band AC/DC. But what is the name of his brother who also plays with the band?
Malcolm. George Young is also an older brother and he has produced some of the band’s albums.
Which two Beatles do not use their given first names professionally?
Ringo and Paul. Paul’s real name is James Paul McCartney. Ringo’s real name is Richard Starkey.
Who was the lead singer of Electric Light Orchestra?
Jeff Lynne. ELO was one of the hottest bands of the ’70’s with hits like “Telephone Line”.
In the Beatles’ masterpiece “Get Back”, what was Sweet Loretta’s mother wearing?
High-heeled shoes and a low-necked sweater.. The line goes: “Your momma’s waiting…wearing her high-heeled shoes and her low-necked sweater…get on home Loretta.”
According to Led Zeppelin, what do big-leg women lack?
Soul. The pertinent lyric is: “I don’t know but I’ve been told, A big-leg woman ain’t got no soul.”
What was Elvis Presley’s birth name?
Elvis Aron Presley. Jesse Presley was Elvis’ stillborn twin. Vernon was Elvis’ dad.
When was the album “Appetite For Destruction” released?
1987 is the answer. GNR released “Use Your Illusion 1 and 2” in 1991, and 1995 was their covers album “The Spaghetti Incident.”
What Tom Petty music video features the storyline of “Alice In Wonderland”?
Don’t Come Around Here No More. Tom was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida. At ten years old Tom met Elvis Presley whom Tom credits for sparking his interest in music. Tom also played with the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch.
Which famous Queen song is most notably remembered from the movie “Wayne’s World”?
Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen is known for their operatic/rock singing style. This song portrays their best singing abilities perfectly.
Eric Clapton was great friends with the late George Harrison, and Clapton ended up falling in love with Harrison’s wife and marrying her. What was her name?
Pattie Boyd. Pattie Boyd Harrison was George Harrison’s first wife until Eric Clapton entered the picture. The marriage between Boyd and Clapton did not last either. Olivia is George’s second wife. Other Beatle wives include Maureen, who was Ringo Starr’s first wife and Cynthia was John Lennon’s first wife.
which two original GNR members are from Indiana?
Axl and Izzy. Izzy left Indiana, before Axl, and soon after Axl followed to find his friend. They began playing in bands together before the original GNR line-up was created.
The song “I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You” was performed by what group?
The Alan Parsons Project. This song is from the album “I Robot”. Alan Parsons is credited for engineering The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon”, and numerous other bands’ albums. “I Robot” was based on Isaac Asimov’s science fiction robot trilogy “I, Robot”. The group had to remove the comma from the title so not to infringe on television rights.
What group sang a song containing the following lyrics? “Only love can make it rain The way the beach is kissed by the sea Only love can make it rain Like the sweat of lovers layin’ in the fields”
The Who. “Love, Reign O’er Me” is the title of this Who tune. Written by Pete Townshend, it is the last track on the album “Quadrophenia”. John Entwistle was the first member to release a solo album; “Smash Your Head Against The Wall”
Who provided the following lyrics to the song “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”? “You see I wanted her real bad and I was about to give in that’s when she started talkin’ true love started talkin’ about sin”
The Georgia Satellites. In 1986 this song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The band from Atlanta, Georgia began in 1980 as Keith and the Satellites.
What English band used these lyrics to land the song on the Top Ten hits list? “Well I’m not the world’s most physical guy But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine”.
The Kinks. These lyrics belong to the song “Lola”. The Kinks were led by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies fathered a daughter with singer Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.
What Neil Young song do these lyrics belong to? “Hello ruby in the dust has your band begun to rust”.
Cowgirl In The Sand. Neal Young was born in Canada and moved to California in 1966 and co-founded the group Buffalo Springfield. He later of course joined Crosby Stills & Nash to make Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSN&Y).
Can you finish the title of this Joe Walsh album? “The Smoker You Drink ____ ____ ____ ____”
The Player You Get. Born Joseph Fidler, Joe took his stepfather’s last name of Walsh and Fidler become his middle name. Joe was also a member of the group The Eagles. Joe is married to Marjorie Bach (sister of Barbara Bach and sister-in-law of Ringo Starr).
Which Elton John song contains this line: “Back to the howling old owl in the woods hunting the horny back toad oh I’ve finally decided my future lies”?
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This song is so powerful and its notes make everyone want to sing along! So everyone sing along “So goodbye yellow brick road…Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies, beyond the yellow brick road…”.
Which popular group could still rock out to their hit “Start Me Up”?
The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones, although not all of the original members remain, are still rocking out to their classic hits. Many people think that most of the members should be dead, but look at it this way they look pretty good for being around 60 something.
What is the proper title of the The Who song most commonly referred to as “Teenage Wasteland”?
Baba O’Riley. This song’s title is nowhere in the song, so most people just call it the most commonly used phrase sung in the song, “Teenage Wasteland”.
Who of the following was formerly a member of the British group The Hollies?
Graham Nash. David Crosby was a member of The Byrds and Stephen Stills came from Buffalo Springfield.
What is the name of the drummer for Nirvana who went on to form the Foo Fighters after Nirvana disbanded?
Dave Grohl. Dave Grohl was Nirvana’s drummer from 1990 up until frontman Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994. He started the Foo Fighters one year later as its lead singer and guitarist.
How was Dimebag Darrell Abbott murdered?
Dimebag Darrell Abbott, ex-Pantera member was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale in 2004 as a member of Damageplan. Other tragedies include the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was officially ruled as suicide in 1994. Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant was killed in a 1977 plane crash that also claimed the lives of fellow band members Steve and Cassie Gaines. Duane Allman, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, was killed in a motorcycle crash in 1971.
What famous guitarist graduated from MIT with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and invented the Rockman Amp?
Tom Scholz. Scholz founded the influential classic rock band Boston, famous for such songs as “More Than a Feeling”, “Smokin'”, and “Amanda”. After going through a series of lineup changes, Scholz continued to play lead guitar for Boston.
What famous guitarist is known for his “windmill” guitar technique and for many smashed guitars?
Pete Townshend. Pete Townshend is one of two surviving original members of the classic rock band the Who. Over the years, he has continued being able to “shred”.
What legendary lead singer once allegedly bit off the head of a bat onstage?
Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy Osbourne has had a tremendous music career. He found success as the original lead singer for influential heavy metal band Black Sabbath and also found a successful solo career. He has played with such guitarists as Randy Rhoads from Quiet Riot and Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society. In later years, he had a reality show and created Ozzfest. After the bat incident in 1982, he supposedly needed rabies shots. He has also bitten the head of a dove.
Which of the following musicians was an original member of Guns N’ Roses?
Tracii Guns. Believe it or not, Tracii was the original lead guitarist of this group. Slash replaced Tracii (who went on to find success in the band LA Guns) three months after the founding of Guns N’ Roses. The other original members were Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Ole Beich, and Rob Gardner.
This question is regarding the song “Kashmir” made famous by Led Zeppelin. It was a track on their “Physical Graffiti” LP which was released in 1975. Who was it that wrote the song originally?
Page/Plant. Led Zeppelin wrote “Kashmir”. The band members who actually penned it were Jimmy Page and Robert Plant with some input from John Bonham. It was a track on their “Physical Graffiti” LP which was released in 1975. The song wasn’t on the charts at the time but in 2007 it finally hit number forty two on the U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs Chart. “Kashmir” is arguably the greatest song ever written by Led Zeppelin. The debate seems to be between “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven”.
The West Coast psychedelic song “Somebody To Love” was made famous by Jefferson Airplane. It soared up to number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967. Who actually wrote the song?
Darby Slick. “Somebody To Love” was written by guitarist Darby Slick for The Great Society band. At the time he was brother-in-law to Grace Slick. The Great Society were the first band to perform the song. Grace and Darby were both members of that band. The original working title for “Somebody To Love” was actually “Someone To Love”. It was written by Darby in November, 1965 when he was coming down from an acid trip and had just learned that his girlfriend had spent the night with some other guy. Grace Slick had nothing to do with writing “Somebody To Love” nor did The Great Society as a band. When Grace left The Great Society she took “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit” with her to Jefferson Airplane’s “Surrealistic Pillow” sessions. The rest is history.
In 1964 “The House Of The Rising Sun”, as recorded by The Animals, topped the U.S. and U.K. music charts. Which band or musician do you believe wrote this song?
Unknown. “The House Of The Rising Sun” is a song that has been recorded by hundreds of bands and musicians. The original songwriter is unknown. The most well known version was recorded by The Animals in just one take on May eighteenth of 1964. By September of 1964 it had peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached number one in the U.K., Sweden, Finland, and Canada.
In 1971 Santana brought the song “Black Magic Woman” to the top of the U.S. Billboard charts. Did Santana write this classic rock song?
Peter Green. In 1968 it was Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who actually wrote “Black Magic Woman”. In 1969 it popped up on several Fleetwood Mac compilation LPs. It hit number thirty seven on the U.K. Singles chart and became a fairly popular blues-rock song. Santana then released their version of the song and it reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in January of 1971. “Black Magic Woman” was on Santana’s LP titled “Abraxas” and was a good part of the reason that “Abraxas” hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart. It stayed on the charts for more than a year and since has sold over four million copies as of 2014.
In 1968 The Rolling Stones released the song “Sympathy For The Devil”. It is by far the most well known version. Who was it that wrote this song?
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote “Sympathy For The Devil”. Actually, it was mostly done by Jagger. The song was released in 1968 on the Stones’ “Beggars Banquet” LP. “The Devil Is My Name” was the working title originally given to the song. It was sung from Lucifer’s point of view as a first person narrative. I always thought that “Sympathy For The Devil” was the song the Rolling Stones were singing at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival when a Hell’s Angel stabbed a man to death. While researching this question I found that it was actually “Under My Thumb” that the Stones were playing when the stabbing occurred. Rolling Stone magazine has a list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time and “Sympathy For The Devil” is rated number thirty two.
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