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 for October 17th, 2019

Trivia Item:

1. What artist had the first Gold Record?
2. Who was the “Material Girl”?
3. What Depeche Mode song was inspired by Priscilla Presley’s book “Elvis and Me”?
4. What Jazz musician is known for playing bent horn?
5. What band had the first Rock & Roll Number 1 hit ?
6. What artist did the vocals for Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig In the Sky”?
7. Who was the inspiration for U2’s “ Angel in Harlem” ?
8. What instrument was developed by the indigenous people of Australia for ceremonies and dances?
9. Which member of ZZ Top does not have a beard?
10. What was the name of the airplane that Buddy Holly died in?



A. Didgeridoo
B. Dizzy Gillespie
C. Personal Jesus
D. Frank Beard
E. American Pie
F. Bill Haley and His Comets
G. Madonna
H. Perry Como
I. Billy Holiday
J. Clare Torry


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1. H) In 1958 his recording of “Catch a Falling Star”.
2. G) She claims she never would have done the song if she knew the name would stick.
3. C) “Elvis and Me” describes her relationship with the King.
4. B) In 1953, his trumpet’s bell got bent upward in an accident. He liked the sound so much he had a special trumpet made with a 45 degree raised bell, which became his trademark.
5. F) “Rock Around the Clock”
6. J) Alan Parsons, their producer, brought in a singer he knew who provided the hauntingly beautiful improvised vocal on the song.
7. I) She moved to Harlem as a teenager in 1928. She had a difficult childhood which affected her life and career, but she went on to play a variety of nightclubs and became famous for her spectacular voice and ability to move her audience to tear
8. A) The didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians within the last 1,500 years and still in widespread use today.
9. D) The Drummer, Frank Beard is the only member of ZZ Top not to wear a beard.
10. E) Don McLean would later write a song about the accident with the same title. The single was a number-one hit in the U.S. for four weeks in 1972.