Monday, March 26, 2007
Personal Asides: Answers to Old Guys Trivia Terrys Latest A Great Swing Artists First Big Hit Record.
Old Guys Trivia.
Unsurprising that the Old Guys Trivia contest was won by Frank Nofsinger with the title of the song, Youll Never Know. Jesse Taylor came in second. Pat Hickey was thinking of Tangerine but hes just a kid.
Heres one that may be more difficult than you think from the pen of Terry Przybylski, Honor code: no search engines.
Many presidents have been avid golfersEisenhower particularlybut who was the last president to be a skilled bowler?
I realize I havent written on contemporary politics in quite a long time but Im fascinated today with swing trivia. Well get back to todays politics in time.
Once again, no search engines. Im not going to give you the name of the artist because that would give it away. Instead Ill describe him and his first record hitwhich happens to be my favorite as well. He was born in 1905 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. The song that became his first hit started out as a waltz written by Irving Berlin for the early sound movie The Awakening which had music but no dialogue. The artist changed the song by and heres the first clue having the vocalist perform the song while the band chanted phrases behind him. The song starts out with a lightly swinging beat. The artist smoothly performs the main theme while the horn section punches out riffs behind. The vocalist was Jack Leonardfirst hint-- who for his time was just slightly less popular than Sinatra was to become. Thensecond hint--Bunny Berigan comes on with his solo and the song become something special. It was recorded January 29, 1937 and is a swing classic. The artists name is? The name of the song is?