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Mastermind Club

Quiz 2020

No 6 




Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac avoided black clothing to distance herself from the dark arts associations surrounding her as a result of which of the band's hit song?

2/ "My nickname of ___ came from Giorgio Gomelsky. He coined it as a good pun. He kept saying I was a fast player, so he put together the slow handclap phrase into ___ as a play on words." These are the words of which guitarist?

Eric Clapton ("Slowhand")

3/ Which 90s concert tour consisting of female artists was named after the first wife of Adam in Jewish myth?      Lilith Fair

4/ Due to the large number of languages used in the European Union, its anthem is purely instrumental. Despite this, the German lyrics from what work of Friedrich Schiller, connected to Beethoven, are often sung when the anthem is played?
Ode to Joy
5/ The Köchel-Verzeichnis is a complete catalog of the compositions of whom?

6/ Which overture written by Felix Mendelssohn was inspired by the echoes of a Scottish sea cave that he visited in 1829 and was named for it?
Fingal's Cave overture

7/ If the Julliard School is to New York, the Berklee College of Music is to which city?

8/ The Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi who is acclaimed as one of the most beloved opera singers of all time was known for her rivalry with which other legendary soprano?     Maria Callas

9/The Avedis Zildjian Company is best known for producing and popularizing what musical instruments?   Cymbals
10/ The country singer and former convict Merle Haggard turned his life around after listening to which other great perform at San Quentin prison?    Johnny Cash

11/ Which 1974 song made famous by the girl group 'Labelle' is most famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of 'voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?' that translates as 'Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?'?     "Lady Marmalade"

12/ Bruce Springsteen's best-selling 1985 album Born in the U.S.A. produced a record-tying string of seven top 10 singles. What two other albums produced separately by a brother and sister also share this distinction?
Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

13/ 'Kling Klang' is the private music studio of which highly influential electronic music band from Germany?         Kraftwerk

14/The annual music festival 'Lollapalooza' was conceived and created in 1991 by singer Perry Farrell of which band as a farewell tour for his band?  Jane's Addiction

15/ The Queen song "Radio Ga Ga" is said to be the main inspiration behind the name of what current day hit singer?           Lady Gaga

16/ Which 1995 song of which the 'Bayside Boys Mix' became the best known version was ranked as the #1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time by VH1 in 2002?
"Macarena" by Los Del Rio

17/ "Hail to the Chief", the march primarily associated with the President of the US has verses derived from which narrative poem of Walter Scott?    The Lady of the Lake

18/ The lyrics of which song first put to music by Pete Seeger in 1959 and later made famous by The Byrds were taken almost entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible?          "Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season)"

19/ Which American song that remains a fundamental part of a jazz musicians' repertoire has been called 'the jazzman's Hamlet' and has also been used as an NHL team name?           "St. Louis Blues"

20/ Which enormously influential classical composer spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Hungarian aristocratic Esterházy family?
Joseph Haydn

21/ 'The Jordanaires' are an American singing group formed in 1948 best known for backing many of whose recordings?             Elvis Presley's

22/ Which 1980 supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan decided to use a word with a single 'L' instead of a double 'L' in their name because the band started in America and consisted of three Americans and only two Britons?    Traveling Wilburys

23/ Which city in Germany is famed for hosting the annual Wagner festival?

24/ Which 1944 pop standard by Frank Loesser has a man attempting to convince his date to stay with him because of the weather?     "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

25/ Which power ballad from the 1981 album Escape is the most downloaded song from iTunes that is not released in the 21st century?

"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey

26/ According to the Guinness Book of World Records, which song usually sung to congratulate a person is the second-most popular song following "Happy Birthday to You" in the English language?           "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"

27/ Which rock concert held on December 6, 1969 was speculated to be a 'Woodstock West' but became infamous after it was marred by considerable violence?
Altamont Free Concert

28/ In vocal jazz, what is the style in which vocal improvisation is made with random syllables or even without words?                Scat singing

29/ What is the name of the coronation anthem composed by Handel using texts from the King James Bible that has been sung at every British coronation service since 1727?                         "Zadok the Priest"

30/ Traditionally believed to be a set of variations from 'I know that my redeemer liveth' from Handel's Messiah, what is the most common name for a melody used by a set of clock bells to strike the hour?           "Westminster Chimes"

31/ In the 1970s, which symbol became widely known as a sign of welcome after it was the central theme of a popular song recorded by Tony Orlando and Dawn in which it was tied around an oak tree? 

Yellow ribbon ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree"  

32/ The trio of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash that formed the folk rock/rock supergroup known as Crosby, Stills, & Nash (CSN) originally came from which bands?

Crosby - The Byrds, Stills - Buffalo Springfield, Nash - The Hollies

33/ Which musical instrument invented by the physicist Torricelli gets its name from a tradition identifying the angel who blows the horn to announce Judgment Day in Christinity?           Gabriel's horn

34/ In the American music industry, what is the term given to the illegal practice of payment by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on music radio, in which the song is presented as being part of the normal day's broadcast?     Payola

35/ Which surf guitarist is best known for his rendition of "Misirlou" which plays in the titles of the movie Pulp Fiction?                Dick Dale

36/ Which much-covered New Orleans song tells of a parade collision between two 'tribes' of Mardi Gras Indians was written under the original title "Jock-A-Mo" in 1954?
"Iko Iko"
.37/ The Voyager Golden Record is a phonograph record included in the two Voyager spacecraft that contains 27 selected recordings said to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. Who is the most represented artist?
Johann Sebastian Bach.   (Bach's compositions comprise three of the 27 recordings chosen).
38/ Which 20th-century German composer is most famous for his Carmina Burana whose best-known movement is "O Fortuna" referenced in numerous movies and television commercials?   Carl Orff (1895-1982)

39/ Which musical instrument named after its Russian inventor is unique in that it is designed to be played without being touched?    Theremin

40/ With respect to Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, what is specifically common to the songs "Blue Suede Shoes", "Mr. Tambourine Man", and "Walk This Way"?
Songs that made it to the list twice under different artists
1. "Blue Suede Shoes," by Carl Perkins (1956; #95), covered by Elvis Presley (1956; #423) 
2. "Mr. Tambourine Man," by Bob Dylan (1965; #106), covered by The Byrds (1965; #79) 
3. "Walk This Way," by Aerosmith (1975; #336), remade with Run-D.M.C. (1987; #287).

41/ Which song written by the Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress in 1933 was marketed as 'Hungarian suicide song' as it was mistakenly believed to have inspired hundreds of suicides?             "Gloomy Sunday"

42/ Which protest song sung by Pete Seeger and Joan Baez became a key anthem of the US civil rights movement as well as with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa?         "We Shall Overcome"

43/ What is the musical term for a playing technique that involves plucking the strings of an instrument?           Pizzicato

44/ To explore the rock and roll genre that is far removed from country music, which best selling American music star created an alter ego called Chris Gaines ?
Garth Brooks

45/ Which famous Irish traditional song about a highwayman (usually in the Cork and Kerry mountains) was given a rock veneer by the rock band Thin Lizzy?
"Whiskey in the Jar"

46/ In the 1985 hit song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, who made a cameo appearance singing the iconic falsetto introduction "I want my MTV"?      Sting

47/ Which Swedish pop group went through the names 'Kalinin Prospect', CAD (Computer-Aided Disco) and Tech-Noir before settling on their present name as nobody could remember their previous names?           Ace of Base

48/ Dit-dit-dit-dot. In his novel Howard's End, E. M. Forster refers to which Beethoven composition as "the most sublime noise that ever penetrated into the ear of man."?
The 5th Symphony

49/ Which British musician who worked on engineering projects as Paul McCartney's 'Wild Life' and Pink Floyd's' The Dark Side of the Moon' also started an eponymous progressive rock band that was active between 1975 and 1987?    Alan Parsons
50/ Which 1968 album released by George Harrison is notable for being the first official solo album by one of The Beatles?           Wonderwall Music


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