Twin-Pick (Pop Music Interactive Quiz) -- The Beatles

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. Home Inspector Lic #207
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When I was a youth, when AM radio was king in the 1960's, my favorite deejay, and an inspiration for my own radio career, was Kirk Wilde at rockin' 1170 KPUG in Bellingham. Wilde had a nightly contest he called twin-pick. Listeners would call in and pick their favorite songs out of the new releases from that week.  I always liked the name twin-pick so, forty years later, I have borrowed the name for my new and exciting music trivia contest. It is not exactly what Kirk Wilde did, but I figure it is a great name for this contest anyway and it brings back memories of the good old days.

I hope to "tickle your memory gland" without getting my face slapped. People like trivia and they like oldies, so this exercise should be a good fit. If you are from my generation, it will bring back rock n' roll memories.

Twin-Pick will be a feature, periodically, here at my blog. I plan to devise trivia questions that will be of interest. I think it is only reasonable that we should begin with perhaps the most popular band in all of history.  If you are reading this, then you probably remember the early Beatles.

As someone who worked in broadcasting, I always found it amusing that -- with the international stars -- the same songs did not always chart at the same time in the USA and in the UK. Sometimes what was a hit there, was not a hit here. 

That anomaly is the topic of this first exercise. This will reach into the darkest crevices of your mind and bring back faded memories.  This exercise is interactive. You will know instantly if you are right, or wrong, by clicking on the three choices below.

If you guess incorrectly, you will -- no nice way of putting it -- be given a big raspberry. On the other hand, if you answer correctly, you will be taken back in time to see a stellar performance of a historically important piece of music history. Bottom line -- You see the video, you got it right. You get a raspberry, guess again!

Question One:

The Beatles, hailing from the UK, were popular in their homeland first.  Most artists, with a few exceptions, have some chart entries before they have that monster hit -- the one that reaches #1. In the UK, the first song by the Beatles to top the charts arrived at #1 on April 18, 1963. Which of these songs was that first chart-topper in the UK? 

A. Please Please Me

B. From Me To You

C. Love Me Do

Question Two:

Early on, the Beatles were not catching on in the USA. Their first singles were not released on major labels and the songs stalled on the charts. Disappointment was in the air. Their managers and supporters, back in the UK, had confidence in the selling power of the four boys. The record executives in the USA were doubtful. Ends up, of course, that the guys in the UK were right. The Beatles first #1 song in America came on February 1, 1964 -- about ten months after they first topped the charts in the UK. Which song was the Beatles first chart-topper in the United States? 

A. Do You Want To Know A Secret

B. She Loves You

C. I Want To Hold Your Hand

 Let us know how you did in the comments.

 

For more "Stories Behind the Music" click on the guitar

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207

 

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If you enjoy nostalgia and music of yesteryear, click on Elvis' gold record to visit This Day In History. To explore The Stories Behind The Music blog posts click on the electric guitar. 

 

        

 

 

 

 

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Kate Kate
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Hey, I got two videos! And I was not even a Beatle fan. I joined my older siblings that night to watch them on Ed Sullivan but because they all preferred the Righteous Brothers, I grew up on their music instead of the Beatles. Still listen to the Righteous Brothers today.

  • Are you SURE you want to be sending me back to the dark crevices of my mind? kate ford
May 12, 2009 05:30 AM #1
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Steven L. Smith
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Kate,

I guess it depends on what is in that dark crevice of the mind. Thanks for playing and winning.

May 12, 2009 11:27 AM #2
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James Quarello
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I was a little young to remember the Beatles when they were together and making these hits, but I am a big fan and have many, many of their albums and bootleg tapes. Yet I did abysmally on this test. It was fun however.

May 12, 2009 12:26 PM #3
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Steven L. Smith
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Mr James,

You did so poorly because you do not let me give you insight into the past. You would learn so much from my little history lesson. Grandpa knew them, every one.

Nutsy W

May 12, 2009 12:41 PM #4
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Kathy Toth
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Even though I have no idea who the Beatles are ;) I got them both right. Love this kind of stuff.

I actually thought the Beatles made it big in Germany even before Britain.

May 12, 2009 12:59 PM #5
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Steven L. Smith
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Kathy,

You need to get out more...then you might have heard of them. They were popular in Germany, spent time there mainly in their formative years and pre-Ringo.

May 12, 2009 01:08 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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I got a big fat raspberry on the first one.  The second one was right.  Those guys were so cute!  I love them as much as I do Nutsy.

May 12, 2009 01:32 PM #7
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Andrew Haslett
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I got the videos.

I didn't catch the Ed Sullivan show; I don't think my mother let me stay up that late!

It's amazing how many women of all ages were there, screaming!

May 12, 2009 03:07 PM #8
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Steven L. Smith
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Barbara and Andrew,

Thanks for playing.  I think we will try Elvis next.

May 12, 2009 03:08 PM #9
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Two for Two! Damn! Either I am good or just too old. Thanks for the trip down memory lane...

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

May 12, 2009 09:07 PM #10
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Michael,

I can answer your question. You are both old and good.

May 13, 2009 02:26 AM #11
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