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Music General Knowledge #2
Answer these random questions about the world of music.
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March 26, 2015
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What was Michael Jackson's signature dance move?
What Christmas ballet was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky?
What heavy metal band has a one-armed drummer?
In the cover art to the album "Nevermind", what is the baby in the pool reaching out to grab?
a Dollar Bill
What singer was discovered in 2007 by Scooter Braun?
(although some wish he hadn't been)
What annual song contest do most European countries participate in?
What country are Robyn, Ace of Base, and ABBA from?
Who famously sang "Over the Rainbow" in 1939?
What singer became a California congressperson before dying in a ski accident?
Who partnered with Jay-Z to record "Watch the Throne"?
On what island did reggae originate?
Whose music video are you watching if you get "Rickrolled"?
What is either a type of South American drum or a dance where people form a line?
Who are the two most famous jazz trumpeters of all time?
Who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27?
What type of musical instrument has a chanter and a drone?
What Spanish music form often features palmas (clapping) and pitos (finger snapping)?
What Italian craftsman, born in 1644, crafted violins that are now
worth millions of dollars each?
What red-headed country singer sang "On the Road Again" and
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die"?
Mar 27, 2015
I'd argue for Dizzy Gillespie ahead of Miles Davis. Google searches rank Miles higher when searching for terms including trumpet, but when including jazz, Gillespie outranks him. (And my methodology was exceedingly rigorous, I promise :)
Mar 27, 2015
If we just search names, "Miles Davis" comes in at 13.8 million and "Dizzy Gillespie" is at 767,000.
Apr 24, 2015
That was my first guess although it was easy to figure out the next two guesses.
Jan 18, 2016
I guessed Gillespie too, but got Miles when that didn't work. Miles is more famous for sure. Unless we're measuring fame by "appeared on the Muppets."
Oct 24, 2017
I was also a bit this concerted. The "by far" part seems stretched, since it really is a subjective answer... Gillespie also came to my mind. Maybe you should just add Dizzy to the mix, either as a type in or as a third answer.
Jun 29, 2018
It is really hard to argue that Dizzy or anyone else is objectively more famous to the broader public than Armstrong or Davis, though. You can argue he is a better player or more influential or had "seniority" over Davis during the early bebop era (and if that's the case, why not King Oliver for Armstrong) or some other subjective thing. But you can't argue for fame. I mean, you can also do the "I thought of this answer first so accept it" thing, since that shows up on 90% of the quizzes here.
Jul 30, 2018
I went for Miles and Dizzy. "Most famous" and "best-known" should be completely avoided in questions, it always opens up this kind of unnecessary debates. The only exception is if there is an official Billboard "famousmeter" or something similar to name as a source.
May 25, 2015
I must have tried half a dozen different ways to spell Stradivari.
Feb 25, 2020
All that's required is Strad.
May 25, 2015
Entertaining yet tricky quiz. I knew Judy Garland straight off .
Feb 10, 2017
Wonder if it would have taken Dorothy?
Sep 10, 2015
Satchmo for Louis Armstrong?
Dec 23, 2018
Only if you just want to show off!
Apr 5, 2019
Well, this is Jetpunk...
Apr 11, 2019
But yeah, I can imagine I was wearing my drunk-and-smug face on 10th Sep 2015
Feb 24, 2016
100%!! Although Risk Astley was a complete guess.
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