Answers, Results & Commentary
This month we had a three-way tie with 498
points each, but two of the three correctly identified
the theme, and therefore Kathy Kyrcia and Gabriella
Ziegler are the "official" winners this
time around. Congratulations to both of them and Julie
McClelland for their top scores.
are the correct titles and artists with year of release
and highest charting position on the Billboard Hot 100:
01. Baez, Joan - The Night They Drove Old Dixie
Down (1971) <3> (or The Band)
02. Beatles, The - Tomorrow Never Knows (1966) <-->
03. Charles, Ray - I Can't Stop Loving You (1962)
04. Cher - Dark Lady (1974) <1>
05. Collective Soul - The World I Know (1996) <19>
06. Collins, Phil and Marilyn Martin - Separate Lives
07. Darin, Bobby - You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
08. Doors, The - Riders On The Storm (1971) <14>
09. Earth, Wind & Fire - Got To Get You Into My Life
10. First Class - Beach Baby (1974) <4>
11. Fixx, The - One Thing Leads To Another (1983)
12. Four Tops - Standing In The Shadows Of Love (1966)
13. Hendrix, Jimi - All Along The Watchtower (1968)
<20> (or Jimi Hendrix Experience)
14. Hopkin, Mary - Those Were The Days (1968) <2>
15. Joel, Billy - Angry Young Man (1976) <-->
16. Meat Loaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light (1978)
17. Regents, The - Barbara-Ann (1961) <13>
18. Rivers, Johnny - Secret Agent Man (1966) <3>
19. Rolling Stones, The - Blue Turns To Grey (1965)
20. Shirelles, The - Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1960)
21. Springsteen, Bruce - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
22. Stevens, Cat - Where Do The Children Play (1971)
23. Survivor - The Search Is Over (1985) <4>
24. Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven (1986) <10>
25. Williams, Roger - Sunrise, Sunset (1967) <84>
(or Roger Whittaker)
H1. Imbruglio, Natalie - Left Of The Middle
H2. Minogue, Kylie and Jason Donovan - Especially For You
The three artists who are responsible for the lyrics
given as hints (H1 and H2) all appeared in the Australian
soap opera "Neighbors", which is also one of
the most popular soaps in England. If you'd discovered
that soap opera connection, and looked closely at the
remaining 25 song titles that made up the body of the
quiz, you would have discovered that each song title -
sometimes alone - and sometimes in combination with
another song in the quiz - made reference to a popular
American soap. If you didn't spot them, I'll leave it to
you to look them over, but you'll find "Loving"
in "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Santa
Barbara" in "Santa Claus Is Coming To
Town" and "Barbara-Ann", and "Sunset
Beach" in "Sunrise,Sunset" and "Beach
Baby", just to name a few. Don't feel bad if you
didn't get it - the two players who did spot the theme
both reported driving themselves nuts, only to discover
that the theme was right in front of their faces.
"I Can't Stop Loving You" was written on the
same afternoon as another familiar country and western
tune, "Oh Lonesome Me". Twenty-nine year-old
Don Gibson was the songwriter. Gibson recorded both songs
on December 3, 1957, but "Oh Lonesome Me" was
far and away the bigger hit - it reached #7, while
"Can't Stop" only made it to 81.
So how did "I Can't Stop Loving You" become the
third and final number one hit of Ray Charles' career?
According to the story, Charles called a producer named
Sid Feller and asked to hear the greatest country songs
from the last 20 years - the popular R&B artist had
decided he wanted to do an album of country and western
tunes - a pretty bold move for a black artist to do
"southern" music in the midst of the civil
rights struggle. Though his record label ABC-Paramount
thought he was nuts, Charles' "Modern Sounds In
Country and Western Music" album became the first
gold-selling album in ABC's history, and "I Can't
Stop Loving You" went all the way to the top,
joining "Hit The Road Jack" and "Georgia
On My Mind" as chart-toppers for Ray Charles.
But here's the kicker - in 1983, Ray Charles was one of
the nominees for the Country Music Association's Horizon
award - recognizing the most promising newcomer in the
genre. The explanation? Charles' 1962 album (and the
followup "Modern Sounds in Country and Western
Music, Volume 2"), featured Charles' pop
interpretation of country tunes - by 1983, he was making
albums targeted specifically at the c&w market. So
who was the 1983 Horizon Award winner? John Anderson,
performer of the Single of the Year, "Swingin'"
It probably surprised a few of you to discover there was
an alternate artist for the Beach Boys' hit
"Barbara-Ann". Hopefully, you went a little bit
further with your research and noted that The Regents'
"Barbara-Ann" was the original version,
released in 1961, four years before the Beach Boys
released the song on their 1965 album "Beach Boys'
Party!". Barbara-Ann was Regents' member Chuck
Fassert's sister - and the song had been recorded by the
Regents way back in 1958 as a demo.
The Regents weren't a surf-sound group like the Beach
Boys - the group formed in the Bronx, New York, not
exactly the surfboard capital of the US, even in the late
50s. The oddball trivia about The Regents'
"Barbara-Ann" was that the group had broken up
before the song was even released. It went to #13 for the
Regents, and #2 for the Beach Boys - who dropped the
hyphen between Barbara and Ann. One final note: Dean
Torrence of "Jan & Dean" sang lead on the
Beach Boys' version.
This one might surprise a few of you - the original
recording of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
goes way back to 1934, when George Hall and His Orchestra
recorded the Haven Gillespie/J. Fred Coots-penned tune.
The song sat for two years before anyone was willing to
record it - and it went on to become the 3rd-best-selling
Christmas record of all time, with big hits by Perry
Como, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, as well as
more familiar versions by The Jackson Five and Bruce
Springsteen. The only recording to ever crack the
Billboard Hot 100 was a 1962 version by The 4 Seasons,
hot off their 2 consecutive chart-toppers,
"Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry".
As a few of you noted, The Shirelles hit (#20) was
originally released on Scepter as simply
"Tomorrow" - I would have given points for
either answer. For most purposes, if there's a
"hit" version by an artist, I'm more interested
in their hit version than perhaps some earlier, less
popular recording. Having said that, however, I'm always
interested in trivia about older versions, so I'd
probably accept either answer.
You'll find "Angry Young Man" listed as
"Prelude/Angry Young Man" on Billy Joel's
"Turnstiles" album - that's because the lyrical
song is preceded by a piano-pounding intro, the
"Prelude". If this had been a charter, I would
have looked to the release info for the
"official" title, but I'll take either
"Prelude/Angry Young Man" or simply "Angry
Young Man" for this lyric.
You probably all recognized "Sunrise, Sunset",
but had trouble identifying the only artist who charted
with it. The song is from "Fiddler On The
Roof", and is associated with Zero Mostel and Topol,
the performers best known for the role of Tevye, but
neither fit alphabetically in the quiz. Only Roger
Whittaker charted with Sunrise, Sunset - #84 in 1967.
That would have made it hard to find in Whitburn, but
some players reported resulting to clever strategies to
ferret out the Whittaker version. Way to go!
Listed below are the points for each