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Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!

M. Ted (inactive) 11 Oct 00 - 11:34 AM
Wesley S 11 Oct 00 - 12:03 PM
M. Ted (inactive) 11 Oct 00 - 12:28 PM
Mark Clark 11 Oct 00 - 12:35 PM
Wesley S 11 Oct 00 - 01:00 PM
M. Ted (inactive) 11 Oct 00 - 01:10 PM
Rick Fielding 11 Oct 00 - 01:27 PM
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Subject: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:34 AM

Most of us here live and die hunkered over our record collections, learning strange licks and weird tunes, and complaining about how the music we like is not popular--But most don't realize that today's obscure ballad was yesterdays smash hit--I know that you have boxes full of the vinyl--and I know, in my heart, that, in addition to asking questions, you are also able to answer a few of them.

I am not asking about anything but records and recording artists here--no "who was the first guitarist to appear on sound film" or "who made flat picking an overnight sensation?" No questions about lipstick tube pickups-- No questions about the Light Crust Doughboys' bus--it's all record questions--

And no, I didn't have to look any of it up--(though it took a while to make the questions sound interesting)

Hear they are, Rick--Have Fun! (But don't hurt anyone!)

1. Name the three biggest selling recordings of "Folksongs" of the pre-rock era--(We need the song and the artist!!)

2. Name the first banjo picker to have a number 1 hit record, and name the tune (extra points for the year)--

3)Merle Travis had two songs that surpassed being merely No 1, million sellers, and are among the biggest selling records of all time--curiously, both mention St. Peter--

4) What was the first "traditional" song to be a number one hit record?

5) Erik Darling, Bob Carey, and Alan Arkin collect the royalties for this song, which is tied with 'Danny Boy" for being "Folksong with the Most Charted Versions"

6) This important, pioneer blues guitarist had a million selling hit record in 1947--it may have been the biggest hit a pioneer blues guitarist ever had (too bad it wasn't exactly blues) name the artist and tune--

7)Why could it be said. with some authority, that Camden, New Jersey is the home of country music?

8) Frank Ferrera and his wife, Helen Louise--who, what, why?

9) What was Jimmie Rodgers' first hit record? How about his biggest hit?

11) In 50's and 60's blues singer and guitarist had 12 hits on the pop charts, more than any other blues dude(unless you count Chuck Berry), yet you can teach your students to play them all in just one lesson--

12) Except for a stop-time break where the word "NO!" is repeated thirteen times, play this this Fontane Sisters hit from 1955 and you are playing "This Land is Your Land"-

13. Soap Opera Superstar Bill Hayes had a monster hit with this "fakesong" about a mountain man from Tennessee, making it one of the biggest hits of the great "Folk Scare" of the 1950's.

Good Luck--a couple of these are tough--


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Wesley S
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 12:03 PM

M. Ted - For the record I thought you might want to know that the Light Crust Doughboys no longer drive in a bus. They use a van - a Ford if I'm not mistaken. I'll ask Jerry the guitarist next time I see him to make sure.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 12:28 PM

Isn't it always the way!! The first answer I get is to a question that I gave as an example of the kind of question I didn't want the answer to!!!

While you're at it, find out about color, year, engine size, and how many miles they put on it in a year--might need to know this sometime!


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Mark Clark
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 12:35 PM

Uh-oh. Looks like these questions are best left for Fielding. Still, I might hazard a wild guess on a couple.

#1: Irene (Weavers), Danny Boy (Dennis Day), ??? (Harry Lauder).

#3: No Vacancy, Sixteen Tons.

#13: Davy Crockett.

The rest is silence...

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Wesley S
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 01:00 PM

Tan , '98 , big , a whole bunch but not as many as they used to......


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 01:10 PM

Rather than have someone point it out, I must confess that these are Stateside-biased questions, rather than UK or Oz questions--

The only UK answer that I know is "Gilly-Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen-by-the-Sea" and I don't know the question that goes with it. For Oz, I only know Rolfe Harris--and it is my answer for everything--


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 01:27 PM

Well let's see. #3 would be "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette", but it was Tennesee Ernie who had the hit of 16 Tons (Travis adapted it from George Davis..the "singing miner of Hazard Kentucky")

#5. Cindy?

#7. Isn't that where they had their recording studio? They had a budget label "RCA Camden".

8. He was a hot steel guitarist. Don't know much else about him.

9. Blue Yodel #1? Don't know about his biggest seller, but I love "Miss the Mississippi and You.

11. Possibly Bo Diddly?

13. Yup, Davey Crockett.

1. Well "Irene", and how 'bout "On Top of Old Smokey"? Tzena Tzena was an Israeli folksong.

6. Wow..well Les Paul had some hits starting about then but he wasn't Blues, although he sure was a pioneer. If it WAS him, might it have been "How High the Moon"?

Damn Ted, these are BLOODY HARD! Good work lad.

See ya when I get back from New England.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 04:02 PM

You are on the money with a couple there--I will reserve all the right answers for a bit--then we can nitpick about them--


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 05:22 PM

Just got a minute here, but I thought I'd take a shot at # 4. How 'bout Gene Autrey's recording of "Red River Valley"? Had to be late twenties or early thirties.

Or....if we go wayyyy back, what about one of the "Titanic" songs?

Question: (I know, this time YOU'RE asking the questions) but did Hank Williams record in Camden? (Probably not, 'cause I think he was on Decca) How 'bout The Carter Family?

Rick


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Stewie
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 07:50 PM

#5 'Walk Right In'

#7 Could be because both the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made early recordings there - but both also recorded earlier in Bristol, Tenn.

#8 Frank and Louise

#9 'Blue Yodel No 1 (T for Texas)' and perhaps 'Muleskinner Blues'.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Stewie
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 08:02 PM

#4 Could be Vernon Dalhart's recording of 'Wreck of the Old 97' which was coupled with 'The Prisoner's Song'.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Bugsy
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 09:09 PM

Answer: "Gilly-Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen-by-the-Sea"

Question: Where did the dream come true quite unexpectedly?

Answer: Rolf Harris.

Question: Who's the pillock with the wobbleboard and the breathing complaint?

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Stewie
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 10:56 PM

#2 Charlie Poole had great success with 'Don't Let Your Deal Go Down' in 1925, but you probably wouldn't call it a 'hit'. I'll say Scruggs with 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' (Mercury 1950) although it didn't become a massive hit until much later as theme for 'Bonnie and Clyde'.

#6 T Bone Walker with 'Call It Stormy Monday'.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Bud Savoie
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:14 PM

#12 has to be "Hearts of Stone" [doo doo wah, doo doo wah].


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Stewie
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:27 PM

#3 I reckon it has to be '16 Tons' and 'Smoke, Smoke, Smoke' - both mention St Peter.

I reckon Bud's right with #12.

I don't think Rick's right with Bo Diddley for #11 - influential though he was, I don't think he had many hits, if any.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Metchosin
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:31 PM

M Ted, re #2, how far back do you want to go? Somebody by the name of Vess Ossman had a hit in the late 1800's with the tune Whistling Rufus on cylinder, which was in my grandfather's repetoire and we also had it on an old 78, with Redwing on the flip side, but I can't remember who did that version, possibly Primo Scala?


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Metchosin
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:40 PM

Nope got that name mixed up, not Primo Scala, but it might be Reina's Orchestra.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 11:52 PM

Hey Ted, Enquiring Minds want to know these answers! I'll check in with Sandy Paton while I'm in Connecticut. Til then yer threads in capable hands...but Stewie I think the Tarriers were Eric's band at the time, not the RoofTop singers. They also did "The Banana Boat Song (and probably took the copyright). I think Bo Diddley had a few hits (more than T-Bone Walker)

As to the Banjo....Had to be Foggy Mt.

See ya Guys

Rick


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Metchosin
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 12:40 AM

Well if it isn't Rick, because that seems too obvious so maybe it is right, how about Washington Square by the Village Stompers with Don Steele playing lead.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 12:49 AM

You people are pretty up and walking good--but there are a few answers I am still waiting for, before posting the "correct" answers--and yes, I am willing to go all the way back--in this case to 1890, which is the year the first commercial recordings were sold, and was the year that Billboard began to keep tabs--granted, there was no Multi-platinum then--but a hit is a hit!!


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 12:53 AM

Well I've been thinking and now after reading the answers given so far by a lot smarter folks than I.......well, I don't know what to think except I'm pretty sure some are right and some are wrong........This is what a liberal arts education will do for you.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Stewie
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 03:01 AM

#2 If you're going right back, the answer could be Fred Van Eps with banjo version of 'Alexander's Ragtime Band'.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Stewie
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 03:50 AM

Rick, your comment about Bo Diddley's several 'hits' sent me fossicking in Charlie Gillett's 'Sound of the City'. He says that only 2 Bo Diddley records ever made the top twenty: 'You Pretty Thing' (1958) and 'Say Man' (1959).

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 10:24 AM

"Say Man" just barely made the American Top Twenty Chart. in September, 1959. "Pretty Thing" topped out on the British Charts at 34 in October, 1963, but never made the American Pop Charts at all.

He did make the R&B Charts a lot, and "Bo Diddley/I'm A man" was a #1 there--


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 10:38 AM

I've gotta think #11 was Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker.


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: GUEST,Den at work
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 11:30 AM

I know these questions have an American bias but in answer to #4 Thin Lizzy went to number 1 in the UK with Whiskey in the Jar in 1970 (I think). In case anyone is interested. Den


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Subject: RE: Fielding!!Answer *these* questions!!
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 12 Oct 00 - 06:19 PM

I figured I'd give you a day, and then I had trouble connecting--sorry for the delay, here are the answers--I am sure that if you have any questions, comments, or complaints, you will let me know--

1. Name the three biggest selling recordings of "Folksongs" of the pre-rock era--(We need the song and the artist!!)

The Prisoner Song--Vernon Dahlhart--Released In 1926 this record sold more than 7 million copies, making it the biggest selling non-christmas hit before 1955--

The Wabash Cannonball--Roy Acuff, Released in 1938 sold more than 2 million records

Irene, Goodnight--The Weavers with the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra, Released in 1950

2. Name the first banjo picker to have a number 1 hit record, and name the tune (extra points for the year)--

Sylvester "Vess" Ossman topped the Billboard record charts for 4 weeks in 1894 with his stirring banjo rendition of "Yankee Doodle"--He was known as the "King of the Banjo" and was the leading recorded "Ragtime" Musician--Listen to his recordings, and you will hear many of the licks and tricks that we still use today!!

3)Merle Travis had two songs that surpassed being merely No 1, million sellers, and are among the biggest selling records of all time--curiously, both mention St. Peter--

Tennessee Ernie Ford's recording of "16 Tons" topped the Charts for 8 weeks, starting the week of November 26, 1955

Tex Williams Western Caravan's version of "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette"

4) What was the first "traditional" song to be a number one hit record?

"Turkey in the Straw" topped the Billboard charts in 1891, for seven weeks, beginning the week of October 17. Recorded by one Billy Golden. It was only the 10th record to top the charts--

5) Erik Darling, Bob Carey, and Alan Arkin collect the royalties for this song, which is tied with 'Danny Boy" for being "Folksong with the Most Charted Versions"

The Banana Boat Song (Day-O!), with hit versions by The Tarriers, Harry Belafonte, Steve Lawrence, The Fontane Sisters. Sarah Vaughn, and Stan Freeberg--

6) This important, pioneer blues guitarist had a million selling hit record in 1947--it may have been the biggest hit a pioneer blues guitarist ever had (too bad it wasn't exactly blues) name the artist and tune--

Lonnie Johnson-"Tomorrow Night"--Oops--It was 1948--Also had the distinction of being number one on the Rhythm and Blues charts in the first year that they existed--

7)Why could it be said. with some authority, that Camden, New Jersey is the home of country music? RCA studios, where Ralph Peer made many of the earliest studio recordings "Hillbilly" artists, including Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers--He also experimented with many different sorts of instrumentation here, helping to invent the recorded sound of this music--

8) Frank Ferrera and his wife, Helen Louise--who, what, why? Husband and wife steel guitar team played on many of the recordings in the Hawaiian Music Craze that began in 1916--they had the hit recording of "Aloha Oe", arguably they were the first "studio" guitarists, and much copied--

9) What was Jimmie Rodgers' first hit record? How about his biggest hit?

First charted hit was "The Soldier's Sweetheart", the last week of 1927. His biggest hit was simply called "Blue Yodel", but is better known as "T for Texas".

11) In 50's and 60's blues singer and guitarist had 12 hits on the pop charts, more than any other blues dude(unless you count Chuck Berry), yet you can teach your students to play them all in just one lesson--

Jimmy Reed, who used the same walking bass guitar figure in "Bright Lights, Big City" and many, if not most of his other recordings--

12) Except for a stop-time break where the word "NO!" is repeated thirteen times, play this this Fontane Sisters hit from 1955 and you are playing "This Land is Your Land"-

"Hearts of Stone"

13. Soap Opera Superstar Bill Hayes had a monster hit with this "fakesong" about a mountain man from Tennessee, making it one of the biggest hits of the great "Folk Scare" of the 1950's.

"Davy Crockett"


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