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Entertainers With a Common Bond, Part I

written by: shimonbentzvi
A difficult quiz on entertainers with a special bond.

Question 1:

This entertainer is considered one of the most influential jazz musicians. His first two names are Edward Kennedy. He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1899. Who was this great composer/pianist/band leader?
Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Willie Bobo
E.K. "Capitol " Dibbs

Question 2:

This entertainer was born in what is now Belarus but came to the USA when he was about 5. He began his career as a singing waiter in NYC's Chinatown. He soon started writing his own songs. Some of his hits were "White Christmas," "Blue Skies," and "I Like Ike." Who was this great composer?
Hoagy Carmichael
George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
Irving Berlin

Question 3:

This husband and wife duo and was one of the top dancing teams of their time. He was born in Europe but they attained fame in the USA. They were famous for introducing American dance styles to the rest of the world. They were also popular in movies and in Broadway shows.
Vernon and Irene Castle
Fred and Adele Astaire
Andy and Gretchen Springer
Jacqueline and Harold Nicholas

Question 4:

This actor/singer/dancer/choreographer/impresario/musician was the most talented part of a family act in vaudeville. Although he and his family claimed he was "Born on the Fourth of July" his birthday was July 3. He wrote more than 50 Broadway musicals. James Cagney portrayed him in a famous biopic.
George M. Cohan
Bert Williams
Oscar Hammerstein
Richard Rogers

Question 5:

This entertainer is generally considered the most influential female singer in Cuban music. She was born in Havana in 1925 and was famous for her hit albums with Tito Puente.
Celia Cruz
Latrella Silva-Ramos
Suzana Hernandez -Ramirez
Euniece Zuniga

Question 6:

This trumpeter was one of the leaders of the Bebop jazz genre. "Bitches Brew " and "Sketches of Spain" were his most famous albums. He won 9 Grammys and countless other awards.
Dizzy Gillespie
Miles Davis
John Coltrane
Jack Teagarden

Question 7:

This Prussian-born musician/impresario began as a cigar manufacturer. In 1899 he built his first music venue in New York City. It was the first of many. He, his sons and grandsons formed a dynasty that was very influential in American entertainment.
George M. Cohan
Irving Berlin
Oscar Hammerstein
Bert Williams

Question 8:

He was an important part of the quartet that integrated jazz. He played the vibes and the drums with several groups.
Gene Krupa
Lionel Hampton
Teddy Wilson
Benny Goodman

Question 9:

He was called "The Father of the Blues" and was famous for playing on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Louis Armstrong
Albert King

Question 10:

This great tenor sax player was usually photographed wearing a pork-pie hat. His signature song was "Body and Soul."
Lester Young
Jack Arnett
Coleman Hawkins
Lionel Hampton

Question 11:

This German-born cellist came to the USA to play with the Metropolitan Opera and then began writing his own operettas. He wrote "The Naughty Marietta" in 1910.
Victor Herbet
Victor Wertz
Herbert Lom
Herbert Block

Question 12:

He played vibes for the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Slide Hampton
Milt Jackson
Ralph Bellamy
Jack Gerard

Question 13:

He was a great tenor sax player whose best work was with the Cab Calloway Orchestra. He played a famous solo in the movie "Stormy Weather" that featured Lena Horne. Although his first name was Jean Baptiste, he preferred his middle name.
Illinois Jacquet
Frankie Frisch
Victor Herbert
Foster Brooks

Question 14:

He was a fine movie actor who had significant roles in "Cry, the Beloved Country" and "Lifeboat." He was also a civil rights leader in the 1930's and 1940's.
Eugene Robinson
Rex Ingram
Canada Lee
Gates Nelson

Question 15:

Yes, there are many great tap dancers but when tap dancers talk about the greatest they always mention this dancer and his brother, Fayard.
DeBradley Simmons
Bill Robinson
Steps Ryan
Harold Nichols

Question 16:

What do the following people have in common: Duke Ellington, Ira Gershwin, Vernon and Irene Castle, George M. Cohan, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, Oscar Hammerstein, Lionel Hampton, W.C.Handy, Coleman Hawkins, Victor Herbet, Milt Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Canada Lee, Harold Nichols?
They are all in The Bronx, New York.
They were all given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
They all performed in the Kenndedy center in Washington, D.C.
They all were called at the McCarthy hearings.


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