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John H. Hammond

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
A very difficult quiz on, arguably, the most important man in modern music. John Henry Hammond II is generally unknown and unappreciated. It has been said of him: "The reason that music integrated ten years before baseball is because of John Hammond."

Question 1:


John Hammond was born to a rich family in this US city.
Shaker Heights
Chicago
New York City
Philadelphia

Question 2:


John Hammond began playing piano at age 4 but switched to violin by age 8. He studied violin and viola at this Ivy League college.
Yale
Harvard
Brown
Columbia

Question 3:


In his high school years, John Hammond often sneaked out of his house at night to listen to music at this famous location.
Philadelphia's South Street
New York's Harlem
Chicago's South Side
Cleveland's Beale Street

Question 4:


In 1927 John Hammond heard this performer sing. It affected his entire career.
Ella Fitzgerald
Bessie Smith
Sarah Vaughan
Carmen McRae

Question 5:


John Hammond spent almost his entire working life working for this record company.
A&M Records
Columbia Records
Motown Records
Stax Records

Question 6:


John Hammond's sister, Alice Duckworth Hammond, was married to this good musician, who was a friend of John's.
Mitch Miller
Glenn Miller
Louis Prima
Benny Goodman

Question 7:


In 1931 John Hammond signed his first musician to his record label. What was the name of this musician?
Ben Blue
Charlie Parker
Garland Wilson
Sidney Bechet

Question 8:


In 1938 John Hammond was the producer of the first integrated music performance in a major US venue. What was the venue?
Washington's Kennedy Center
New York's Carnegie Hall
Houston's Soft Machine
Philadelphia's Alhambra Theater

Question 9:


John Hammond was the main force in developing the career of Charley Christian. What was his main instrument?
guitar
tenor sax
alto sax
trumpet

Question 10:


John Hammond heard a really fine Kansas City -based band and immediately brought the band to New York and signed them to his record label. Whose band did he sign?
Glenn Miller
Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Benny Goodman

Question 11:


In 1938 John Hammond organized a series of concerts that promoted Black music. What was the name of this famous series of concerts?
"In My Solitude"
"From Spirituals to Swing"
"A Great Day in Harlem"
"Sweet Chariots"

Question 12:


In 1960 John Hammond heard a wonderful 18-year old, Tennessee-born Gospel singer. He immediately signed her to his record label and the rest is (soul) history. He called her "the best singer since Billie Holiday." Who is she?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 13:


In 1961John Hammond heard this Minnesota-born harmonica player on a record session and immediately signed him to his label.
Billy Joel
Robert Zimmerman
Bruce Springfield
Elvis Costello

Question 14:


In the very early 1960's John Hammond signed a Canadian-born baritone singer/poet/author. Who is this composer of "Suzanne"?
Robert Johnston
Carl Hester
William Shatner
Leonard Cohen

Question 15:


In 1959 John Hammond signed to his label this Nigerian drummer who played traditional African music.
Babatunde Olatinji
Trilok Gurtu
Omar Hakim
Roger Biwandu

Question 16:


In May 1972 John Hammond met and auditioned a young musician from New Jersey and immediately signed him and his E Street Band. Who is this musician known as the Boss?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 17:


The last musician signed by John Hammond was a young guitarist from Texas. He was famous for his use of extra heavy guitar strings. His albums included "Texas Flood," "Soul to Soul," and "The Sky Is Crying."
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Troy East
Robert Cray
Chris Layton

Question 18:


One of John Hammond's sons, John Paul Hammond, is a fine guitarist and composer. He wrote the music to the Western "Little Big Man." Who starred in this 1970 movie?
John Wayne
Kirk Douglas
Gregory Peck
Dustin Hoffman

Question 19:


John Hammond is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
False
True

Question 20:


John Hammond was a board member of this organization.
OAS
AFL-CIO
American Federation of Musicians
NAACP

Question 21:


John Hammond never received a Grammy.
False
True

 


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