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Songs About Someone

written by: Gilligan
 
Cancel your appointments. Here's a super sized quiz on songs like "Eleanor Rigby", "Lola", "Jessie's Girl", "Mickey" and "Roxanne" which reference someone, real or imaginary, by name. We'll start in the 1960's and make our way through to 2007. Enjoy!

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The rumors surrounding this 1963 song were that the Kingsmen intentionally slurred the lyrics to cover the fact that it was laced with profanity, graphically depicting sex between a sailor and his lady. The song was subject to a subsequent FBI investigation.
Louie, Louie
Hang On Sloopy
Sherry
Lovely Rita


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The song "Along Comes Mary" was recorded by this group in 1966.
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Beau Brummels
Chad and Jeremy
The Association


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Question 3:

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The 1967 Simon and Garfunkle song "Mrs. Robinson" mentions three indviduals by name: Mrs. Robinson, Jesus, and this famous New York Yankee.
Babe Ruth
Mickey Mantle
Whitey Ford
Joe DiMaggio


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"Arnold Layne" was the first single released by this British rock group fronted by guitarist and singer, Syd Barrett.
Pink Floyd
The Grateful Dead
Steppenwolf
Moby Grape


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The 1967 song "Shilo" is an about an imaginary friend. What Brooklyn born singer recorded this song?
B. J. Thomas
Jim Croce
James Taylor
Neil Diamond


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Question 6:

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The 1968 song "Valleri" was a top ten hit for which of the following bands?
The Monkees
The Animals
The Beatles
The Byrds


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This Scottish musician released "Jennifer Juniper" in 1968. His biggest hit, "Sunshine Superman", had been released two years earlier.
Bert Jansch
Warren Zevon
Van Morrison
Donovan


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The song featured in the sound clip was a hit for both Dion and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1968, Which of the following individuals is not referenced in the song's title?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Anwar Al Sadat
John F. Kennedy
Abraham Lincoln


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Question 9:

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The song "Cecilia" is a song by Simon and Garfunkel from this 1970 album.
The Graduate Original Soundtrack
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Let It Be
Exile on Main Street


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This 1971 Paul McCartney #1 hit references two individuals in the title: Uncle Albert and _____________.
Doctor Robert
Admiral Halsey
Mr. Mustard
Maxwell Edison


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Question 11:

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This song, featuring a prominent mandolin, was a #1 hit for Rod Stewart in 1971.
Maggie May
Little Jeanie
Lady Madonna
Vida Blue


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Question 12:

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This group released the song "Amie" from their 1972 album Bustin' Out.
Little River Band
Pure Prairie League
The Eagles
America


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This one hit wonder topped the Billboard charts in 1972 with the song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)".
Looking Glass
Player
Pilot
Paper Lace


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Question 14:

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Which of the following songwriting teams are credited with 1973 song "Daniel"?
Holland-Dozier-Holland
John-Taupin
Lennon-McCartney
Bacharach-David


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Which band recorded the soft rock song "Aubrey" in 1973?
Chicago
Bread
Ambrosia
America


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"My Maria" was originally a top ten hit for this artist in 1973 before it went to #1 in 1996 for country artists Brooks & Dunn.
Jay P. Morgan
B. J. Thomas
C. W. McCall
B. W. Stephenson


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Question 17:

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Name the 1974 song by Barry Manilow featured in the sound clip.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)



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The song "I'm Mandy, Fly Me" reached #60 on the Billboard charts in 1976. It was recorded by this group, better known for their top ten hit "The Things We Do For Love" (1976) and the #1 single, "I'm Not In Love" (1975).
Badfinger
Jigsaw
10cc
Little Feat


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Question 19:

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"Rhiannon" was a hit song for this group in 1976.
Heart
Scandal
Quarterflash
Fleetwood Mac


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Question 20:

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Which of the following jazz artists has his/her name in the title of this 1976 #1 hit for Stevie Wonder?
Count Basie
Glenn Miller
Duke Ellington
Ella Fitzgerald


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Question 21:

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"Peg" and "Josie" are both tracks from the 1977 album, Aja, by this rock group.
Steve Miller Band
Foghat
Steely Dan
Supertramp


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Question 22:

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Band member Geddy Lee has referred to this 1981 track as the "quintessential Rush song".
Pablo Picasso
Tom Sawyer
Lois Lane
Lizzy Borden


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Question 23:

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"Bette Davis Eyes" was originally recorded in 1974 by Jackie DeShannon, but this female vocalist brought the song to number one for nine consecutive weeks in 1981.
Juice Newton
Crystal Gayle
Bonnie Tyler
Kim Carnes


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This female vocalist recorded "Gloria" in 1982, a song that was originally a hit in Italy in 1979 for Umberto Tozzi.
Laura Branigan
Sheena Easton
Marlo Thomas
Melissa Manchester


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Question 25:

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Which artist released the top ten hit "Valerie" in 1982?
Peter Gabriel
Daryl Hall
Phil Collins
Steve Winwood


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Question 26:

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According to the title and lyrics of this 1982 Tommy Tutone hit, whose phone number is 867-5309?
Jessie
Jamie
Jenny
Josie


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Question 27:

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Fill in the blank to complete the lyrics from this 1982 Duran Duran song: "Her name is _____ and she dances on the sand, just like that river twisting through a dusty land."  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)



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Question 28:

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"Joanna" was a successful single for this New Jersey group in 1983.
New Edition
The Gap Band
Kool & the Gang
Midnight Starr


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Question 29:

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Which artist released the hit "Think of Laura" in 1983?
Benny Mardones
Christopher Cross
Rupert Holmes
Leo Sayer


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Question 30:

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The track "Darling Nikki" (1984) is included on which of the following Prince albums?
Purple Rain
1999
Sign "O" the Times
Around the World in a Day


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Question 31:

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"Amanda" was a hit from the album, Third Stage, in 1986 for this band which hadn't released an album in eight years.
Kansas
Chicago
Boston
Orleans


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Question 32:

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"Peter Piper" is a track on this 1986 album by Run DMC.
Licensed to Ill
Walk This Way
Raising Hell
Krush Groove


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Question 33:

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"Mr. Brownstone" is a song performed by Guns N' Roses on this 1987 album.
Use Your Illusion
Appetite for Destruction
Slippery When Wet
Out of the Cellar


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Question 34:

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This English musician released the top ten hit "Veronica" in 1989 from his album, Spike.
Paul Young
Phil Collins
Howard Jones
Elvis Costello


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Question 35:

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The poignant Grammy winning single "Jeremy" is a track from the 1991 album, Ten, by this Seattle band.
Primus
Stone Temple Pilots
The Replacements
Pearl Jam


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"It's a Shame About Ray" was a college radio hit in 1992 for this alternative rock band.
Modest Mouse
The Charlatans U.K.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Lemonheads


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This punk band enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the 1990's and is perhaps best known for their 1995 hit "Ruby Soho".
Big Audio Dynamite
The Offspring
Rancid
Green Day


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Question 38:

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The song "Ms. Jackson" was a successful track from the album Stankonia, which has been certified quadruple platinum. Which hip hop group released this profitable record in 2000?
Naughty By Nature
Digital Underground
Wu Tang Clan
Outkast


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"Steve McQueen" was a single from the 2002 album, C'mon C'mon by this female artist.
Natasha Bedingfield
K. T. Tunstall
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow


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The 2006 single "Grace Kelly" was a top 5 hit in seemingly every country in the world including Argentina, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, and the U. K.; however, in the U.S. it didn't even crack the top 40. Which artist(s) released this track?
Travis
Bush
Moby
Mika


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