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Quiz #2
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Congratulations to our winner, Wendy Feikert, who scored a perfect 500 points!! J. McClelland ran a close second, just 1 point back with 499, and K. Krycia followed in 3rd with 498.

Here are the correct titles and artists with year of release and highest charting position on the Billboard Hot 100:

01. Archies, The - Sugar, Sugar (1969) <1>
02. Avalon, Frankie - DeDe Dinah (1958) <7>
03. Beach Boys, The - Little Honda (1964) <65>
04. Brenda & The Tabulations - Dry Your Eyes (1967) <20>
05. Charles, Ray Singers - Love Me With All Your Heart (Cuando Calienta El Sol) (1964) <3>
06. Clapton, Eric - Willie And The Hand Jive (1974) <26>
07. Cooke, Sam - Shake (1965) <7>
08. Gore, Lesley - You Don't Own Me (1963) <2>
09. Hawkins, Dale - Susie-Q (1957) <27>
10. Ides Of March - Vehicle (1970) <2>
11. Lee, Dickey - Patches (1962) <6>
12. Little Anthony & The Imperials - Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop (1959) <24>
13. Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes (1972) <37>
14. Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime (1970) <3>
15. Nilsson - Coconut (1972) <8>
16. Ohio Express - Yummy Yummy Yummy (1968) <4>
17. Peter, Paul And Mary - For Lovin' Me (1965) <30>
18. Pickett, Wilson - Hey Jude (1968) <2>
19. Rolling Stones, The - As Tears Go By (1965) <6>
20. Simon, Carly - That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be (1971) <10>
21. Steely Dan - Reeling In The Years (1973) <11>
22. Tempo, Nino & April Stevens - Deep Purple (1963) <1>
23. Thunder, Johnny - Loop De Loop (1962) <4>
24. Valens, Ritchie - Come On, Let's Go (1958) <42>
25. Winter, Edgar, Group - Free Ride (1973) <14>


There was a double dose of bubblegum in this month's quiz, and the theme was related. Not a single player discovered the theme.

The other bubblegum hit in this month's quiz, "Yummy Yummy Yummy" was the hint I referred to in my original mailing. Admittedly obscure, I had thought that someone would stumble across the fact that Joey Levine, lead singer of Yummy Yummy Yummy's Ohio Express, also recorded later as Reunion, wherein lies the solution to this month's impossible theme. "Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me)" - the top ten 1974 hit by Reunion recites every song and/or artist in this month's quiz.

"B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers, Lonnie Mack and Twangin' Eddy, here's my ring, we're going steady. Take it easy, take me higher, liar, liar, house on fire, Locomotion, Poco, Patches, Deep-uh Purple, Satisfaction. Baby, baby gotta gotta gimme gimme gettin' hotter. Sammy's Cooke-in, Lesley Gore and Richie Valens, end of story. Mahavista, fujiyama, kama-sutra, rama lama. Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Righteous, Archies, Nilsson, Harry. Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and finger pop it."

You get the picture - the other artists and songs in this month's quiz appear in the song's two other major verses. The songs in the quiz ended in 1974 because "Life Is A Rock" was released on September 7th of that year. As you can see, the song mentions many more artists and singers that weren't included in this month's quiz.


As you probably all know, The Archies weren't a real band - just the voices that were chosen by Don Kirshner to sing the songs on the Saturday morning kids' show. Though most deride "Sugar, Sugar" as a saccharine-dripping bubblegum hit, there's some good trivia behind the song. "Sugar, Sugar" was written by Jeff Barry ("Chapel of Love", "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy", "Leader of the Pack", "I Honestly Love You", and many others), and Andy "Rock Me Gently" Kim. The "Archies'" lead singer was Ron Dante, who was also the voice of other non-existent or purely studio bands. Dante hits included The Laundromats' "Leader of the Laundromat" (yes, a parody of "Leader of the Pack"), and The Cufflinks - "Tracy", which was a Top 5 hit for Dante as "The Cufflinks" at the same time that "Sugar, Sugar" was Number 1 for him as "The Archies".

Songs that created havoc included #9, which was recorded as "Susie-Q" by Dale Hawkins (the version used in the quiz), but as "Suzie Q (Part One)" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Jose Feliciano also recorded it with the "Susie-Q" title. Song #10 was easily identified as "Vehicle", but some players gave "Ides Of March" a misplaced "The". Song #16, the now-famous "Yummy Yummy Yummy" cost a few grammarians points when they added the missing commas.

Two of this month's players prefer the strategy of answering only songs they recognize, and don't do research. Both had trouble with pretty much the same songs, especially "Dry Your Eyes", "Love Me With All Your Heart", "Shake", "Susie-Q", "Patches", "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop", "Yummy Yummy Yummy", "For Lovin' Me", "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be", "Deep Purple" and "Loop De Loop". I'm guessing these were the more difficult songs for the other players, too. Several players mentioned that the "Shake" lyrics were similar to those used in a lot of other songs.

Steely Dan founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagan took the band's name from a sex toy that appeared in William Burrough's 1959 novel "The Naked Lunch".

Mott The Hoople took their name from a novel of that title by Willard Manus.

Ides Of March refers to March 15th in the year 44 B.C., the day that Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was murdered.

Listed below are the points for each player:

W. Feikert 500
J. McClelland 499
K. Krycia 498
B. Zukowski 490
J. Shields 487
R. Morgan 279
M. Goetting 130