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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.
Hang On Sloopy
Sherry
Lovely Rita
Louie, Louie


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


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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
Joe DiMaggio
Whitey Ford


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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
Moby Grape
Steppenwolf
The Grateful Dead


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


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This Scottish musician released "Jennifer Juniper" in 1968. His biggest hit, "Sunshine Superman", had been released two years earlier.
Van Morrison
Bert Jansch
Warren Zevon
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?
Anwar Al Sadat
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
Let It Be
Exile on Main Street
The Graduate Original Soundtrack
Bridge Over Troubled Water


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


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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
Vida Blue
Lady Madonna
Little Jeanie


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Question 12:

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This group released the song "Amie" from their 1972 album Bustin' Out.
Pure Prairie League
Little River Band
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)".
Pilot
Looking Glass
Player
Paper Lace


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


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


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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.
B. J. Thomas
Jay P. Morgan
B. W. Stephenson
C. W. McCall


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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).
10cc
Jigsaw
Badfinger
Little Feat


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Question 19:

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


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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?
Ella Fitzgerald
Count Basie
Glenn Miller
Duke Ellington


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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.
Supertramp
Steve Miller Band
Foghat
Steely Dan


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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".
Tom Sawyer
Lizzy Borden
Pablo Picasso
Lois Lane


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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.
Bonnie Tyler
Crystal Gayle
Kim Carnes
Juice Newton


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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.
Melissa Manchester
Laura Branigan
Marlo Thomas
Sheena Easton


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Question 25:

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Which artist released the top ten hit "Valerie" in 1982?
Daryl Hall
Phil Collins
Peter Gabriel
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?
Josie
Jamie
Jessie
Jenny


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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.
Kool & the Gang
Midnight Starr
New Edition
The Gap Band


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Question 29:

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


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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
Around the World in a Day
1999
Sign "O" the Times


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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.
Boston
Chicago
Kansas
Orleans


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Question 32:

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


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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
Slippery When Wet
Out of the Cellar
Appetite for Destruction


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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.
Phil Collins
Elvis Costello
Paul Young
Howard Jones


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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.
Pearl Jam
The Replacements
Primus
Stone Temple Pilots


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


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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
Green Day
Rancid


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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?
Digital Underground
Naughty By Nature
Outkast
Wu Tang Clan


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"Steve McQueen" was a single from the 2002 album, C'mon C'mon by this female artist.
Natasha Bedingfield
Kelly Clarkson
K. T. Tunstall
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?
Mika
Travis
Bush
Moby


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