Swing Music Trivia Questions and Answers

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Updated April 5, 2017.


Each week we'll post a trivia question, each with its own deadline. 

If you e-mail the correct answer to any question before its deadline has passed, your name will be entered into a drawing for a FREE CD. E-mails should be addressed to swing@bigband-era.com

Please, no more than one entry per trivia question.

You may submit answers to more than one question in the same e-mail message.

Once you're declared a winner, you'll be ineligible to win again for three months.


Our monthly winners will receive a CD of any episode of "Swingin' Down The Lane" that's listed at "Tune Me In."

Questions for April 2017


Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
For how many years did Bill Finegan create big band arrangements for Sammy Kaye? April 4
1808 Helen Forrest sang with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Harry James. Which one of the three did she fall in love with? April 11
1809 Name the alto sax player who tried to lure Ella Fitzgerald away from the Chick Webb so that she could sing in his new band. April 18
1810 Name the tune that Charlie Barnet used when the 1941 ASCAP boycott was enforced. April 25

Answers for April 2017

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1807 No years. People often confused him with Ralph Flanagan, who arranged for Kaye before forming his own band, playing the style of music that Finegan arranged for Glenn Miller's band. 0
1808   0
1809   0
1810   0

Questions for March 2017

This month's winner is Edward Cecchini.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Their first names were Cliff, Mel and Sterling. What were their last names and what did they have in common? March 7
1804 One played trumpet with Dorsey and Goodman. The other one played trombone with Krupa and James. They shared the same nickname. Their last names were five letters long, with the first three the same. Who were they? March 14
1805 Wunderbar was a song from the musical "Kiss Me Kate." Identify a 1937 song that had the word wunderbar in its lyrics. March 21
1806 Identify Alice Hammond Duckworth. March 28

Answers for March 2017

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1803 Cliff Edwards, Mel Blanc and Sterling Holloway all provided voices for Disney animated movies. I also gave credit to an entry that named three musicians with those first names. 2
1804 Ziggy Elman and Ziggy Elmer 1
1805 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön. 1
1806 Benny Goodman's wife. 1

Questions for February 2017

Winner once again is Edward Whitworth of Copperas Cove, Texas.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Name a Disney animated production that included the Benny Goodman orchestra. February 7
1800 A 1917 tune was based on a piece by Frederic Chopin. Name that tune. February 14
1801 A female pianist was composer of one of Benny Goodman's most exciting big band instrumentals. Name the composer and the song title. February 21
1802 Two bandleaders -- one's last name is the same as the other's first name. Who are they? February 28

Answers for February 2017

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1799 The ochestra played All the cats join in in the Disney animated film, "Make Mine Music." 4
1800 I'm always chasing rainbows. 4
1801 Mary Lou Williams wrote Roll 'Em. 2
1802 Hats off to Ed Cecchini, who submitted the following: Billy Vaughn Monroe, Elliot Lawrence Welk, Wayne King Oliver, Ozzie Nelson Riddle, Herbie Kay Kyser, Ray Noble Sissle, Ben Bernie Cummins, Garwood Van Alexander and Woody Herman Wademan. I'll have to take his word on Garwood Van and Herman Wademan, new names to me. 4

Questions for January 2017

Winner is Debbie Dunbar from Stillwater, New York.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Aside from the fact that each of these musical performers was born in 1917, what do Laurindo Almeida, Vera Lynn and Buster Harding have in common? January 3
1795 Name an instrument that Billy Butterfield played before he settled on the trumpet. January 10
1796 What musician was known as Cleanhead? January 17
1797 Name two songs besides St. Louis Blues whose titles consist of the word "blues" preceded by an American city. January 24
1798 Each of these ladies played the piano and were married to cornetists. Name them. January 31

Answers for January 2017

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1794 Almeida: Brazil; Lynn: England; Harding: Canada, all three born outside the U. S. 1
1795 Violin, bass and trombone. I gave credit for cornet, too. 5
1796 Eddie Vinson 4
1797 I was thinking of Dallas and Memphis. You added these: Kansas City, Statesboro, Atlanta, Davenport, Little Rock, Honolulu, Nashville, New Orleans, Kokomo, Chicago ... and Tishomingo (Mississippi). 6
1798 Lil Hardin and Louis Armstrong, Marian and Jimmy McPartland, Mary Lou Williams and Shorty Baker. 5

Questions for December 2016

The December winner submitted several right answers, one of which was selected as the month's winning entry. George Huang lives in Taiwan!

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Two melodies by Rimsky-Korsakov became big band swing favorites, one by Tommy Dorsey, the other by Harry James. Name those tunes. December 6
1791 It's the title of a song, the name of a legendary island and a Japanese car model. What is it? December 13
1792 O Christmas Tree is adapted from a song from another country. Name the song and the country. December 20
1793 A popular song from 1917 was titled Rose Room. Where was the Rose Room located? December 27

Answers for December 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1790 Song of India (Dorsey), Flight of the Bumblebee (James). 5
1791 Avalon. 4
1792 O Tannenbaum, a German song. 11
1793 It was the nightclub located in San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel. 5

Questions for November 2016

First-time winner is Gwen Weir.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
The Artie Shaw band recorded an instrumental whose title was a reference to one of Ray Conniff's nicknames. Name that tune. November 1
1786 What band did Billy May leave when he became a member of Glenn Miller's band? November 8
1787 One of Anthony Newley's biggest hit records has a grammatical error in the title. Name that tune. November 15
1788 Name the tunes that include these phrases: 1. Be sure that your umbrella is upside down; 2. A fairground's painted swing. November 22
1789 In the World War II song, Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, there's a reference to a sky pilot. What is a sky pilot? November 29

Answers for November 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1786 Charlie Barnet. 3
1787 Who(m) can I turn to? 0
1788 Pennies From Heaven and These Foolish Things. 5
1789 A chaplain. 5

Questions for October 2016

Winner is Durango DeCarlo.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
According to the song, what is it that you don't get with one meatball? October 4
1782 What musical performer besides Pete Fountain had his own night club in New Orleans? October 11
1783 Two songs have nearly identical titles. One has an "s" at the end. Name them. October 18
1784 They were brothers. They both composed, arranged and led bands. Name them. October 25

Answers for October 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1781 You get no bread with one meatball. 2
1782 Actually there were two -- Al Hirt and Woody Herman. 1
1783 I was thinking of Yesterday and Yesterdays, but Debbie came up with Emotion and Emotions. I'll count both answers as correct. 2
1784 They were the Henderson brothers -- Fletcher and Horace. 0

Questions for September 2016

Edward Whitworth of Copperas Cove, Texas was this month's winner. His name was chosen at random among the six eligible contestants.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Name five musical performers with the last name of Jones. September 6
1778 Here are three snippets of lyrics. Name the songs. (1) Shrimps and rice they're very nice. (2) Your kiss was such a sacred thing to me, (3) Ain't nobody home but me. September 13
1779 Which of these places mentioned in song titles is NOT a ballroom -- Jumpin' at the Woodside, Relaxin' at the Touro, Matinee at Meadowbrook? September 20
1780 His real first name was Generoso. By what other name was this bandleader known? September 27

Answers for September 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
 Here goes, just a partial list: Quincy, Jonah, Allan, Shirley, Jack, Philly Joe, Jo, Isham, Norah, Spike, Tom, Thad, Hank.
1778 Hold Tight, Heartaches, Hurry On Down. 2
1779 The Woodside was a residential hotel where the Basie band stayed when in New York. The Touro was an infirmary in New Orleans where trumpeter Muggsy Spanier recuperated. Only the Meadowbrook, in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, was a ballroom. 0
1780 Jerry Gray, arranger, composer and bandleader. 2

Questions for August 2016

William Wrocklage of Milford, New Hampshire, is this month's winner.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
When Tommy Dorsey walked off the bandstand, whom did brother Jimmy tap to do the trombone solos? August 2
1773 Identify the bandleaders associated with each of these three songs: Sugar Blues, Nighthawk Blues, I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues. August 9
1774 Identify the bandleader who played three clarinets at once. August 16
1775 What bandleader was billed as "The Pagliacci of the Piano"? August 23
1776 Name the movies where these marches were performed: Colonel Bogey, St. Louis blues march, March of the Siamese children. August 30

Answers for August 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1772 Bobby Byrne 1
1773 Clyde McCoy, Coon-Sanders, Jack Teagarden  
1774 Wilbur Sweatman 2
1775 Joe Reichman 6
1776 The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Glenn Miller Story, The King and I 4

Questions for July 2016

Ed Cecchini from Clinton, Massachusetts is the winner once again.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
What do these three lyricists have in common? Bob Russell, Henry Nemo and Johnny Mercer. July 5
1769 Identify the original It Girl, The Chee-chee Girl and the Boop-boop-a-doop Girl. July 12
1770 Can you name a singer, male or female, who sang with all three of these bands -- Harry James, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey? July 19
1771 After enjoying Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert on January 16, 1938, folks could go uptown to the Savoy Ballroom, where two great female vocalists were on the bandstand. One was Ella Fitzgerald. Name the other. July 26

Answers for July 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
Bob Russell wrote the lyrics for the Ellington songs “Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear from Me” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”.
Henry Nemo wrote the lyrics for the Ellington song “I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart”.
Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for the Ellington song standard “Satin Doll”.
1769 Clara Bow, Rose Murphy and Helen Kane. 3
1770 Dick Haymes. 2
1771 Chick Webb and Ella engaged in a Battle of the Bands with Count Basie and his vocalist, Billie Holiday. 5

Questions for June 2016

Our monthly winner is Danny Hubbard, Jr.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Who was "Mr. Wonderful" in a Broadway musical? June 7
1765 Can you name a brother and sister who each led a big band? June 14
1766 Gigi and The Fantasticks: What do these two Broadway musicals have in common? Hint: Think of the songs from those shows. June 21
1767 These two bandleaders both used the same last name, which is also the name of a prominent American river. Name the leaders. June 28

Answers for June 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1764 Sammy Davis, Jr. 7
1765 Cab Calloway and his older sister Blanche. One contestant reminds me that Norma Teagarden, Jack's sister, also led a band. 3
1766 From The Fantasticks, Try to remember. From Gigi, I remember it well. 2
1767 How about Will and Dean Hudson, who were unrelated? 4

Questions for May 2016

The winner is Karson Vieregge.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Identify the young man who, at age 17, sang with an orchestra led by Chico Marx. May 3
1760 His birth name was Ferdinand. By what name was this famed jazz musician better known? May 10
1761 Cole Porter wrote a song called Night and Day. Name another song that has both "night" and "day" in the title. May 17
1762 Name a song from the Broadway musical "Hair" that was recorded by Stan Kenton. May 24
1763 According to a popular song from 1942, how many roses did he send to the one he loved? May 31

Answers for May 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1759 It was Mel Tormé. 5
1760 Jelly Roll Morton. 4
1761 Among the titles are The Night We Called It A Day and A hard day's night. Also, Bing's theme song, Where the blue of the night meets the gold of the day. 5
1762 Kenton put out a whole album of tunes from "Hair." Most of us thought of "Aquarius." 4
1763 The title is One Dozen Roses. 4

Questions for April 2016

We have a winner! He's Edward Whitworth of Copperas Cove, Texas.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
In 1949 a tune about a river was a hit for three bands -- Russ Morgan, Blue Barron and Frankie Carle. Name that tune. April 5
1756 Give the last name of a family in which grandfather, father and son all played the trombone. The grandfather was leader of a nationally known big band. April 12
1757 We all know of Woody Herman, but can you name another bandleader with the last name of Herman? April 19
1758 Two famous musical performers both attended Rutgers University and played football for that college. Identify them. April 26

Answers for April 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1755 Cruising Down the River. 6
1756 Russ Morgan's son Jack also plays the trombone, as does Jack's son Russell. 2
1757 Lenny Herman. 3
1758 Paul Robeson and Ozzie Nelson. 2

Questions for March 2016

Winner is John Shields of Danville, Illinois.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Identify the song that was in first place on "Your Hit Parade" for the most number of weeks -- 12 times in #1 position. Hint: The year was 1951. March 1
1751 Harry James made two records with a boogie woogie trio, with two different pianists. Name either one or, for double credit, name them both. March 8
1752 What National League baseball team was honored by a recording by Harry James? March 15
1753 Identify musical royalty: The King of Swing, The King of Jazz, The King of the Clarinet, the Queen of Scat. March 22
1754 A Dixieland melody is called Milenberg Joys. Who or what was Milenberg? March 29

Answers for March 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1750 Too Young. 2
1751 Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson. 4
1752 The Dodgers, in an instrumental titled Dodgers' Fan Dance. 3
1753 Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman or Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw and Ella Fitzgerald. 7
1754 It's a corruption of Milneberg, a Louisiana community that is now part of New Orleans. 2

Questions for February 2016

This month's winner is Walter Wood of Douglasville, Georgia.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
What was the top-selling record by Glenn Miller in the week of April 17, 1942? Hint: The lyrics are essentially a recipe. February 2
1747 Name a song that contains the number 9. By itself, that is, without any other number before or after it. February 9
1748 Name a song that includes the name of the street where the bandleader lived. Double credit if you can name two. February 16
1749 What is the title of the song that Billie Holiday sang on a record with Paul Whiteman's orchestra? February 23

Answers for February 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1746 "Couple of jiggers of moonlight and add a star."  Moonlight Cocktail. 5
1747 I was thinking of Love Potion #9 and you came up with some others, Number Nine Dream; Engine 9, get me back on time; and About a Quarter to Nine. 4
1748 Summit Ridge Drive was Artie Shaw's street when he recorded with the Gramercy Five. 3
1749 I was thinking of Travelin' Light, but one intrepid puzzle solver found another one:  Strange Fruit. 5

Questions for January 2016

Winner is Richard Baker from New Bern, North Carolina.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
A tune recorded by Benny Goodman derived its title from a book written by an American diplomat. Name that tune. January 5
1743 They were both singers with top-notch bands. They were brothers. One changed the last letter of his family name, the other didn't. Who were they? January 12
1744 Name a prominent bandleader who acquired the nickname Spike. Hints: He was born in Illinois and he led a co-op band, meaning that he and all the sidemen owned a piece of the action. January 19
1745 Name a Sammy Kaye hit song that was written by an undergraduate for a student musical at the University of Pennsylvania. January 26

Answers for January 2016

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1742 Mission to Moscow. The book was written by Joseph E. Davies, Ambassador to Russia. 3
1743 They were Bob Eberly and Ray Eberle. Bob reportedly changed the last letter because people who saw his name in print tended to mispronounce it as E - Berle. 5
1744 No, not Spike Jones. Glen Knoblaugh, better known as Glen Gray, worked for the railroad. A tall guy, he was called Spike because of the resemblance to the spikes they pounded into railroad ties. 4
1745 Daddy. 6

Questions for December 2015

Twenty-seven correct answers this month.
The winner is William Ray from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1737 Give the titles of songs containing these lyrics: I'll tell my mama on you, A night of tropical splendor, Honky-tonk village in Texas. December 1
1738 With what band did Frank Sinatra make his first recording? December 8
1739 Name big bands that appeared in these movies:           1. Second Chorus; 2. Meet the People; 3. Girl Crazy. December 15
1740 Pete Rugolo: In what country was he born? At what age did his parents bring him to the United States? December 22
1741 What song written in 1916 was associated with a President of the United States who served in the middle of the 20th century? December 29

Answers for December 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1737 Boo-hoo, Begin the Beguine, Beat me daddy eight to the bar. 4
1738 Along with seven contestants, I had Harry James as the right answer. One gentleman said that Sinatra 's first recording was with a band led by Frank Mane. He's technically correct although the record was a demo, not sold on the market. I marked everybody as correct on this one. 8
1739 Artie Shaw; Vaughn Monroe and Spike Jones; Tommy Dorsey. 6
1740 Pete was born in Sicily, which is part of Italy. His parents brought him to the U. S. when he was four or five years old. 5
1741 I had Missouri Waltz in mind but two contestants pointed out that this song according to some sources actually was published in 1914 rather than 1916. I gave everybody credit for a correct answer but reminded myself that I must from now on check multiple sources before using dates. Anyway, the President was Harry S Truman (with no period after his middle initial). 4

Questions for November 2015

This month's winner is Jerry Thomason of Fair Oaks, California.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Name five vocalists or instrumentalists that recorded with the Count Basie band. Do not count regular members of that band. November 3
1734 Name this father-son team. The father starred on Broadway in "What Makes Sammy Run?" The son was star of a long-running TV sitcom. November 10
1735 Identify these musicians by their nicknames: Slam, Sweet Pea, Sweets, Satchmo and Tricky Sam. November 17
1736 Give the name of a bandleader whose first name sounds like the last name of another bandleader. November 24

Answers for November 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1733 So many! Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, Arthur Prysock, Tony Bennett, Billy Eckstine, Sammy Davis, Anita O'Day, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, the Mills Brothers --- and the list goes on. 5
1734 Robert and Alan Alda.  6 
1735 Bassist Slam Stewart; Ellington composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn; Basie trumpeter Harry Edison; legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong; Ellington trombonist Joe Nanton. 6
1736 I had Sammy Kaye and Kay Kyser in mind. Ed Whitworth added Louis Armstrong and Ted Lewis plus Ray Noble and Alvino Rey. Deb Dunbar came up with Ozzie Nelson and Nelson Riddle. Ed Cecchini went all out with Lawrence Welk and Elliott Lawrence, Gray Gordon and Glen Gray, Herman Waldeman (who?) and Woody Herman, Noble Sissle and Leighton Noble, Carl Ravazza and Frankie Carle. 5

Questions for October 2015

Fifteen correct answers this month. Picked at random is
Edward Whitworth of Copperas Cove, Texas.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1729 Name three musicians other than Tommy and Jimmy who played in the movie "The Fabulous Dorseys." October 6
1730 Name the bandleaders who had these "bands within a band": Bob Cats, Gramercy 5, Clambake 7, Woodchoppers. October 13
1731 Name five songs that have the same title as the Broadway show in which they are played. October 20
1732 Name the song that was a hit for both Vaughn Monroe and Nat "King" Cole. October 27

Answers for October 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1729 Paul Whiteman, Charlie Barnet, Henry Busse, Mike Pingatelli, Ziggy Elman, Art Tatum, Ray Bauduc, Buddy Morrow. 5
1730 Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman. 4
1731 Just for starters: Hello Dolly!, Anything Goes, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Camelot, Beauty and the Beast. 3
1732 Ballerina. 3

Questions for September 2015

Persistence pays off again. Winner is William Wrocklage
of Milford, New Hampshire.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1724 Give me the full titles of six songs that include the word "time" in their title. No extra credit for more than six. September 1
1725 Name a song that was introduced by Elvis in a movie and was later recorded by Frank Sinatra. September 8
1726 The last name of two performers -- a jazz pianist and a bandleader -- begins with the letter G. Their last names are the same except for one letter. Name them. September 15
1727 Name the tune composed in 1931 that became a huge hit a dozen years later. September 22
1728 Words that used to be posted at railroad crossings became the title of a swing song in the 1930s. Name that tune. September 29

Answers for September 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1724 Too easy? There are dozens of them. My five: Any old time, I didn't know what time it was, Time after time, Half-past jumpin' time, Time on my hands. 5
1725 Love Me Tender. 2
1726 Erroll Garner and Jan Garber. One person came up with a second pair: Haakon Graf and Glen Gray. 5
1727 As Time Goes By, due to its playing in the movie "Casablanca." 3
1728 Stop, Look and Listen, played by the Dorsey Brothers orchestra and later recorded by Tommy. 3

Questions for August 2015

The monthly winner, a listener from Louisiana, is James A. Culotta.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
Which one of these three hit love songs from the 1930s-1940s was based on a theme by a classical composer -- Moon Love, Goodnight My Love or Love Walked In? August 4
1721 In the 1920s people referred to something great as "the cat's pajamas." What was another 1920s phrase with the same meaning but referring to an insect rather than a cat? August 11
1722 The movie Holiday Inn featured songs to go with various holidays. What was the title of the song Bing Crosby sang to mark Valentine's Day? August 18
1723 In the movie, "The Benny Goodman Story," Benny's mother uses a phrase that became the title of the first tune played by the band in the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Name that tune. August 25

Answers for August 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1720 Moon Love is based on a theme from the second movement of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony in E. 3
1721 It's the bee's knees! 3
1722 Be Careful, It's My Heart. 3
1723 Don't Be That Way. 6

Questions for July 2015

Winner is Ed Cecchini, who last won back in March.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1716 The first line of the lyric to Blues in the Night is My mama done tol' me when I was in knee pants. That's what a male singer sings. What's the female version of that line? July 7
1717 What is the world waiting for, according to a song played by Les Paul and sung by Mary Ford? July 14
1718 Duke Ellington had another talent aside from music and considered making it his career. What was that talent? July 21
1719 What female inspired the song, Nancy with the laughing face? July 28

Answers for July 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1716 "...when I was in pigtails." 5
1717 The world is waiting for the sunrise. 6
1718 He was skilled as a commercial artist (posters, etc.) and turned down an art scholarship to the Pratt Institute in New York. 3
1719 The answer I was looking for was Nancy Sinatra, Frank's little girl, though one puzzler pointed out that the song was originally written to honor a woman called Bessie. I gave full credit to both entrants. 2

Questions for June 2015

Winner is Jerry Thomason.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1711 Tommy Dorsey had a five-million seller with Boogie Woogie. What was the full name of that masterpiece? June 2
1712 Complete these song titles, all of which start with the words "I've got": A gal; Ten bucks and; A pocketful June 9
1713 True or false: Among U. S. Presidents' wives there were two Julias but only one Mary. June 16
1714 What European country, five letters long, is the title of a popular song? June 23
1715 Mary Martin originated the role of Maria in the Broadway production of "The Sound of Music."  Name the song that launched her career some years earlier. June 30

Answers for June 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1711 Pinetop's Boogie Woogie, named after its composer, pianist Pinetop Smith. 1
1712 In Kalamazoo; 24 hours leave; Of dreams. 2
1713 False! I got this one wrong myself. But then Jerry Thomason wrote to report that there were TWO Marys. The second one besides Mary Lincoln was Mary Scott Lord Dimmick Harrison, second wife of Benjamin Harrison. He married her after he left office, so she was not listed as one of the First Ladies, though. 1
1714 Spain. 2
1715 My Heart Belongs To Daddy, from the 1938 Broadway musical, "Leave It To Me!" 2

Questions for May 2015

Winner is Deb Dunbar, showing that persistence pays off!

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1707 Which first name is found most often in the list of U. S. Presidents? May 12
1708 Name five song titles made up of four letters. May 12
1709 Name another song with a four-letter title that was a big hit of 1933. May 19
1710 Who is he --- He played valve trombone, he led a bebop band, but he'll best be remembered as a vocalist. May 26

Answers for May 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1707 James 3
1708 There are so many! Here are a few, starting with girls' names: Gigi, Mimi, Liza, Mame. Boys' names: Bill, Igor which Woody Herman named in honor of Stravinsky). Others include Ja-Da, Ko-Ko, Rain, L-O-V-E, Amor, Cute, Wave, Day-O, Easy and Wham. There are enough others that I'll have a future program to feature them. 3
1709 Love. 1
1710 Billy Eckstine. 2

Questions for April 2015

First-time winner is Connie McMahan from Tucson, Arizona.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1703 What title was attached to the Clark Terry song in which he did a wordless vocal, something he used to perform on Johnny Carson's Tonight show? April 7
1704 Give the first names of three musical performers whose last name was Davis. April 14
1705 Fill in the blank from this song title: ____ is good for anything that ails you. April 21
1706 Van Alexander will turn 100 in May. Name another big bandleader who lived to the age of 100. April 28

Answers for April 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1703 Mumbles 3
1704 Just a few are Danny, Beryl, Sammy, Meyer, Miles, Eddie "Lockjaw", Johnny "Scat". 4
1705 Love. 5
1706 Orrin Tucker. 4

Questions for March 2015

Ed Cecchini has done it again!

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1698 True or false: The official Glenn Miller Orchestra (U.K.) is led by a relative of Glenn Miller. March 3
1699 What artist is associated with each of these three songs --- Is you is or is you ain't my baby?; Moonlight cocktail; Beat me, Daddy, eight to the bar. March 10
1700 What melody by Frederic Chopin became a top hit in 1945? March 17
1701 What was Billie Holiday's birth name? March 24
1702 Who gave Billie Holiday the nickname "Lady Day"? March 31

Answers for March 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1698 False. There is an orchestra in the U. K. led by Glenn's nephew, John Miller, but the official U. K. band is led by Ray McVay. 1
1699 Louis Jordan, Glenn Miller, Will Bradley 2
1700 Polonaise became Till the end of time. 2
1701 Interesting question, or to be more precise, interesting answer. Billie's mother was Sadie Fagan, so I gave a correct response to those who said Billie's birth name was Eleanora Fagan. But was her mother's last name actually Harris? In that case Billie would be Eleanora Harris. To make things more interesting, the father was listed on the birth certificate as Frank DeViese though Clarence Holiday was most probably her actual father. 3
1702 Lester Young 2


Questions for February 2015

Winner is Edward Whitworth of Copperas Cove, Texas.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1694 Name three men who led the Glenn Miller orchestra after his death.  February 3
1695 A song written in 1863 became a hit for Glenn Miller, with vocals by Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton and the Modernaires. Name that tune. February 10
1696 Which of these four recordings is the "odd man out," that is, significantly different from the other three? More than you know by Mildred Bailey, I love you by Perry Como, I'll walk alone by Dinah Shore or Close to you by Frank Sinatra. February 17
1697 Give me three song titles that begin with the words "I hear." February 24

Answers for February 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1694 Just a few are Jerry Gray, Tex Beneke, Ray McKinley, Buddy Morrow, Peanuts Hucko, Jimmy Henderson, Dick Gerhart, Larry O'Brien, Gary Tole and Buddy DeFranco. I think, but am not absolutely positive, that Nick Hilscher, the band's vocalist, now leads the band. 3
1695 When Johnny Comes Marching Home. 3
1696 Quoting from one correct answer: The "odd man out" recording is Mildred Bailey's More than you know. It was recorded with an orchestra of musicians before the 1942-44 American Federation of Musicians strike.  The other three recordings have no musicians, there is only a vocal chorus doing the background. 2
1697 I hear: A rhapsody; You knockin'; Music; Bluebirds; A dream; You screamin'; A symphony. 1

Questions for January 2015

Our winner is Deb Dunbar. She's done it again!

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1690 What are the first names or nicknames we associate with these musicians: Harry Edison, Gordon Griffin, Melvin Murphy? January 6
1691 A trumpet player who led his own band was known as "Shorty." His last name was spelled two different ways over the years. What were those alternative spellings? January 13
1692 What was the English title when lyrics were added to Lecuona's composition, Malaguena? January 20
1693 What was the first name of the character in "My Fair Lady" who sang On the Street Where You Live"? January 27

Answers for January 2015

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1690 Sweets, Chris and Turk. 3
1691 The original last name was Cherock, but he changed it to Sherock. On one record label it was spelled Sherlock. Any two of these constituted a correct answer. 3
1692 At the Crossroads. 2
1693 Freddy. As the professor said, "Marry Freddy? Never!!!" 3

Questions for December 2014

Winner is William Wrocklage of Milford, New Hampshire.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1685 This bandleader was the subject of a "Believe it or not" cartoon, declaring him the world's only one-armed drummer. Name him. December 2
1686 Identify the bandleader who died earlier this year at the age of 96. December 9
1687 Which of these performers were born outside the United States? Ralph Marterie, David Rose, Desi Arnaz, Joe Venuti. December 16
1688 Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald collaborated on more than one recording in which they sang in a dialect. Identify the part of the world where that dialect is spoken. December 23
1689 Which of these classic melodies was written in 1915, 100 years ago: Jelly Roll Blues, That's a plenty, Muskrat ramble or Hello Dolly? December 30

Answers for December 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1685 He was Johnny Catron. Johnny was a bass player. When he was in the Army, playing in a service band, he accidentally shot off three fingers at the firing range. He stayed in the band while recuperating, playing drums instead of the bass. 0
1686 Gerald Wilson. 2
1687 All but Joe Venuti. He used to claim that he was born aboard the ship that brought his family to the U.S. from Italy, but actually he was born in Philadelphia. 0
1688 I'll accept either Trinidad or, more broadly, the Caribbean. 3
1689 Jelly Roll Blues. 2

Questions for November 2014

Winner is Ed Cecchini, proving that persistence pays off.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1681 Besides Take Five, the Dave Brubeck composition, can you name four other songs with "five" in the title? November 4
1682 A major hit recording of 1953 featured the screech of a sea gull. Name that tune. November 11
1683 Name two British bandleaders who were usually referred to by their last names alone. November 18
1684 Hal McIntyre played alto sax, but when he first formed his own band he gave more solos to another saxophonist. Name him. November 25

Answers for November 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1681 There were lots of them. Four or five times, Five o'clock whistle, Give me five minutes more, I found a million dollar baby at the five and ten cent store, Nine to five, Five foot two, eyes of blue, Five guys named Moe, etc. 1
1682 Ebb Tide, as played by Frank Chacksfield's orchestra 1
1683 Bert Ambrose was listed on record labels by his last name along. Then there was Mantovani, whose actual first name was Annunzio. 3
1684 Dave Matthews. 1

Questions for October 2014

Our winner is Jim Kason of San Mateo, California.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1677 Which is the smallest state in the Union and what bandleader was born there? October 7
1678 What is the original title of the tune that Woody Herman recorded as Golden Wedding? October 14
1679 What do these four movies have in common? Going My Way; Road to Morocco; Belle of the Yukon; The Bells of St. Mary's; Pennies from heaven. October 21
1680 Fill the name of a tree into these song titles: (   ) weep for me; Don't sit under the (    ) tree; Down among the sheltering (    ); 'Neath the spreading (    ) tree. October 28

Answers for October 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1677 I was thinking of Frankie Carle, but Bobby Hackett will also be counted as correct 4
1678 It was La Cinquantaine, a composition of Jean Gabriel Marie. 2
1679 Johnny Burke wrote lyrics for songs featured in each of these movies. 3
1680 Willow, apple, palm(s), chestnut. 7

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Questions for September 2014

Winner is Edward Whitworth of Copperas Cove, Texas.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1672 Ralph Burns created a three-part suite for Woody Herman that he titled Summer Sequence. Later he added a fourth part. One refrain from it was developed into a full-blown melody. What was its title? September 2
1673 Eddy Howard was a big success with his own band. Just before he formed it, he was vocalist with what other band? September 9
1674 True or false: Both Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall. September 16
1675 We're counting down the recordings most requested by listeners to a New York music radio station. We'll reveal the top 12 this week. Can't you guess at least four that made it in the top 12? Hint: Five were recorded by vocalists, the other seven are instrumentals. September 23
1676 What vocalist or bandleader do you associate with each of these songs: Jambalaya, Rippling rhythm, Moonlight in Vermont. September 30

Answers for September 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1672 Early Autumn. 1
1673 The Dick Jurgens band. 2
1674 True. Benny, of course, blazed a trail with his concert on January 16, 1938. On October 6, 1939, the Glenn Miller band played at a special concert during Music Festival Week. Goodman's band, too, played at that concert. 1

12  Take the “A” train -- Duke Ellington

11  Mack the Knife -- Bobby Darin

10  Mona Lisa -- Nat King Cole

 9  In the mood -- Glenn Miller

 8  I left my heart in San Francisco -- Tony Bennett

 7  Begin the beguine -- Artie Shaw

 6  My way -- Frank Sinatra

 5  Stardust -- Artie Shaw

 4  White Christmas -- Bing Crosby

 3  Sing, sing, sing -- Benny Goodman

 2  Moonlight serenade -- Glenn Miller

 1  I can’t get started -- Bunny Berigan

1676 I was thinking of Jo Stafford but accept Hank Williams as another correct answer. Shep Fields used Rippling Rhythm as his theme song. Margaret Whiting made the big recording of Moonlight in Vermont. 3

Questions for August 2014

We have a winner! Kirk Bonds of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1668 What tune is most likely to be the final number at a Dixieland band concert? August 5
1669 What performer do you associate with each of these three songs? Chances Are, I apologize, Cabaret. August 12
1670 He was a trombonist and popular bandleader of the 1930s and '40s. His son also plays trombone and leads a band today. His son is also a trombonist. Three generations: What's their last name? August 19
1671 When Marion Hutton collapsed from exhaustion, Glenn Miller needed a replacement until Marion could return. He sent for a young lady who later would have a fine career as a solo vocalist. Name her. August 26

Answers for August 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1668 When the Saints Go Marching In. 3
1669 Johnny Mathis, Billy Eckstine and Liza Minelli. 2
1670 Jack Morgan carries on the family tradition by leading the Russ Morgan orchestra. Jack's son Russell also plays the trombone. 1
1671 None other than Kay Starr. She recorded two tunes with the Miller band: Baby Me and Love with a Capital "You." 3

Questions for July 2014

Monthly winner is Billy Byrd from Oklahoma City, OK

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1663 Name three prominent musicians who played in the band led by Billy Eckstine. July 1
1664 Ella Fitzgerald, in a song, addresses a noted violinist and composer from another century, asking him to play her rhapsody. What's his last name? July 8
1665 Who was older, Tommy or Jimmy Dorsey? Les or Larry Elgart? Art or George McFarland? July 15
1666 One of Erskine Hawkins' greatest hits didn't feature his trumpet but rather a piano. Name the pianist who played After Hours. July 22
1667 Give me the names of three musical performers whose "stage names" all had the initials C B. July 29

Answers for July 2014

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Correct Entries
1663 At one time or another his band included Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray and Oscar Pettiford. 3
1664 Mr. Paganini. 3
1665 Trick question! Tommy was older than Jimmy, Les older than Larry. As to the McFarlands, they were TWINS. 1
1666 Avery Parrish, a talented pianist who later died as a consequence of a bar fight. 3
1667 Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Chu Berry, Connee Boswell, Clyde Burke --- just for starters! 3

Questions for June 2014

Winner is Jerry Thomason from Fair Oaks, California.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1659 What swing era performers billed themselves as Mr. and Mrs. Swing? June 3
1660 Perry Como had a big hit in 1946 when he recorded Prisoner of Love. What other singer had a hit recording of this song 15 years earlier? June 10
1661 What was the first name of the pin-up girl celebrated in a song played by the armed forces orchestra under the direction of Glenn Miller? June 17
1662 What were the birth names of Sammy Kaye, Blue Barron and Ray Anthony? June 24

Answers for June 2014

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Correct Entries
1659 Red Norvo and Mildred Bailey. They had a regular weekly radio program when they were still married to each other. 3
1660 Russ Columbo, who also composed that song. 2
1661 Peggy, the Pin-up Girl. 2
1662 Samuel Zarnocay, Raymond Antonini. As for Blue Barron, there's some discrepancy so I gave credit for any of these variations: Hershel Freidland, Harry Freidman or Harry Friedman 4

Questions for May 2014

Winner is Eddie Cecchini of Clinton, Massachusetts.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1655 This bandleader featured a style of music he called "Fashions in Music." Later he became musical director for Perry Como. Identify him. May 6
1656 Give me the last name of three big band vocalists with the first name of Harry. May 13
1657 Explain the title of Benny Goodman's instrumental, Life Goes to a Party. May 20
1658 A popular song had the title of Mr. Five By Five. What vocalist acquired that nickname? May 27

Answers for May 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1655 Mitchell Ayres. 3
1656 How about Harry Cool, Harry VonZell, Harry Babbitt and Harry Lillis ("Bing") Crosby? 2
1657 The reference is to Life Magazine, which came out weekly. They included a feature with photos accompanying an event that the magazine was covering, such as a party. 2
1658 Jimmy Rushing, whose anatomical measurements approximated the profile of the individual mentioned in the song. 2

Questions for April 2014

Winner of the month is Debbie Dunbar of Stillwater, New York.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1650 Can you think of a connection between Shirley Temple and Margaret Whiting? April 1
1651 The Ella Award, named for Miss Fitzgerald, is bestowed on a different singer each year by the Society of Singers. Fittingly, Ella was the first recipient. Who was honored with the second Ella Award? April 8
1652 On which of these Jimmy Dorsey recordings did Helen O'Connell NOT sing along with Bob Eberly: Tangerine, Besame Mucho, Amapola or Brazil? April 15
1653 Cherokee was one of several compositions referencing Native Americans. Name the composer of this song and name at least one of the other melodies that comprised the composer's "Indian Suite." April 22
1654 He played trombone and led a Dixieland style jazz combo, his brother played trumpet in the band. Give their family name. April 29

Answers for April 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1650 Margaret Whiting's father wrote the music for On the Good Ship Lollipop. The title derived from little Margaret getting too close to his piano with a lollipop in her mouth. 3
1651 Frank Sinatra. 3
1652 Kitty Kallen teamed with Eberly on Besame Mucho. 5
1653 The other tribes were Seminole, Iroquois, Comanche and Sioux. 3
1654 I was thinking of Wilbur DeParis and his brother Sidney. But contestants added Jack Teagarden and brother Charlie and also Fred Assunto and his brother Frank. I also would have allowed Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey because Jimmy also played trumpet and cornet as well as sax while Tommy wielded the baton for the Dorsey Brothers band. 4

Questions for March 2014

Winner this month is Jerry Thomason from Fair Oaks, California.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1646 Your answers should be WHERE or WHEN. If I give you the words "day is done," you know that the first word of the song title is WHEN. What is the first word of the song that includes:

a. red, red robin
b. little dog
c. Capistrano
d. blue of the night
March 4
1647 What do these musical personalities have in common? Les Paul, Count Basie, James P. Johnson and Sarah Vaughan. Whoops, I goofed. Les Paul doesn't belong in this category. What do the other three have in common? March 11
1648 Which of these musical personalities doesn't belong with the others? Queen Latifah, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan or Connie Francis? March 18
1649 Name the clarinetist whom Tommy Dorsey fired because, in live performances, he refused to play note for note the solo he had performed on a recording. March 25

Answers for March 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1646 a. When, b. Where, c. When, d. Where 4
1647 They were born in the state of New Jersey. 2
1648 All but Frank Sinatra were born in Newark, New Jersey. Frank was born in Hoboken. 2
1649 Buddy deFranco. The tune was Well, Git It! 2

Questions for February 2014

Winner is Edward Whitworth of Copperas Cove, Texas.

Question #                                Trivia Questions Deadline
1642 Although Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke were close friends, Glenn fired Tex one night in January 1941. Why did he fire him? (He hired Tex back the next day.) February 4
1643 Come On-A My House, a big hit for Rosemary Clooney, was written by William Saroyan and Ross Bagdasarian. How were the two composers related? February 11
1644 What do these three musical personages have in common? Ethel Waters, Randy Brooks, Pete Fountain. February 18
1645 Name a popular song from the 1930s that mentions Edison, Ford, Columbus, Rockefeller and Marconi in the lyrics. February 25

Answers for February 2014

Question # # of 
Correct Entries
1642 Tex had been named to the Metronome All-Star Band, which was to record at midnight on an evening when the Miller band was playing at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Since management insisted that all band members should remain on the stand until closing time, Tex and Glenn cooked up a plan where Tex would provoke Glenn to the point that Glenn would loudly proclaim a few minutes before midnight that Tex was fired. Whereupon Tex picked up his instruments and headed to the recording studio. 0
1643 They were first cousins. Saroyan was a noted novelist. Bagdasarian adopted the stage name of David Seville and was the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks. 2
1644 H2O 0
1645 They All Laughed, written by George and Ira Gershwin and featured in the 1937 movie, "Shall We Dance?" 1

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