The UJT Music Trivia Quiz !

I am not aware of any government studies that confirm it, but I believe that music is the universal language of humanity. If we spent more time appreciating what our music was trying to tell us we would live in a much less dangerous place. We would find our common humanity and appreciate the differences between us more. In my experience music (with the possible exceptions of Disco, Opera and Rap) teaches us tolerance and contemplation. All kidding aside, we could do worse than pay attention to the details of the sounds that soothe us and help us grow.

In that light, I have initiated the UJT Musical Trivia Quiz. About once each month, I will assemble a numbered list of musical trivia items (a factoid about the music or bit of lyric or some other detail you should know if you were paying attention) and a lettered list of songs and artists associated with that musical item. Your mission is to match the items to their owners and songs. The key will be provided at the bottom of the page, much like we do the Vocabulary Word Quiz.

This in intended to be fun and thought provoking. A challenge to our minds (as opposed to Google!) in connecting details you have probably witnessed with those that created them. Whether you succeed or not is not really the point. Remember, we should try to enjoy the journey.

Musical Trivia Quiz of February 13th 2020

Trivia Item:

1. What artist wrote a song based upon Lewis Caroll story ?
2. What artist had the song” Longer ” as their highest charting single ?
3. What singer-songwriter also wrote and produced an award winning documentary?
4. What musical icon suffered a brain aneurysm in the 1970s and is a 26 Grammy Award recipient ?
5. What instrument did George Harrison play on “Strawberry Fields Forever?
6. What is Paul McCartney’s middle name?
7. What award winning musician his the United Nations Ambassador for Peace ?
8. The last thing Janis Joplin recorded was a birthday present that was actually delivered after her death. Who was the present for?
9. What famous musician gave a young Tom Petty guitar lessons?
10. What singer-songwriter wrote this opening lyric? “Come out Virginia, don’t let me wait, you Catholic girls start much too late…”



A. John Lennon
B Quincy Jones
C Ricky Lee Jones
D. Don Felder
E. Billy Joel
F. Swarmandal
G. Dan Fogelberg
H. Jefferson Airplane
I. Stevie Wonder
J. Paul


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1. H) Grace Slick wrote the song when she was with Great Society but it became the first JA hit.
2. G) This was a cut from Dan’s album “Phoenix”.
3. C) “Naked Songs: The Life and Times of Ricky Lee Jones” won Outstanding Achievement at the San Francisco Film Festival, was a finalist at the Golden Rose Awards in Montreux, and opened at the Mill Valley Film Festival on 10 October 1995.
4. B) He can no longer play the Trumpet but has won more grammies that any other living artist.
5. F) On “Strawberry Fields Forever”, George played slide guitar, timpani, maracas, and swarmandal, an Indian version of the zither or harp.
6. J) Born: James Paul McCartney
7. I) In addition he also has 25 Grammys, a Lifetime Achievement Award, a Distinguished Service Award from the President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped, the National Order of Arts & Letters from France, the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive in the U.S..
8. A) Janis recorded “Happy Trails” for John, which is sort of spooky given the lyrics are “Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.”