Music Quiz Number 4
The Blues gets played on some strange instruments. Find out more in our latest Quiz, where even the wrong answers are all right!
Click on the answer you think is correct. Even the wrong answers might give you an interesting story!
Who switched from guitar to piano when his 'pinkie' finger was shot off?
No. Pete was a boogie-woogie pianist who came from Kansas City with Big Joe Turner, and he did lose a finger in an accident, but adapted his technique and carried on.
No. But Pinetop was forced to switch from guitar to piano when a crazed woman attacked him with a knife, cutting the tendons in his left arm and hand.
No. But the young Roy 'Fess' Byrd learned to play piano back in New Orleans on a instrument so ratty that he had to develop a special technique to make up for the fact that so many keys were missing!
Correct. Mac Rebennack played guitar and piano before he got caught up in a bar-room brawl that got out of hand! He was trying to calm the situation when the pistol went off.
Where was Skip James from?
Correct. Skip was an important member of the Bentonia 'school' of Bluesmen from the area around Jackson MS, who typically sang 'falsetto' and played their guitars in minor-key tunings. Tommy Johnson was one of many who took this sound further north into the Delta, where it was very influential on the young Robert Johnson.
No. But during the 40s and 50s when Skip wasn't playing the Blues, he was ordained as a Minister there, and formed The Dallas Texas Jubilee Singers.
What instrument did 'Shakey' Horton play?
No. There was a 'maracca fiend' on the Chicago scene in the 50s, called Jerome Green who contributed to 'the Bo Diddley beat' on all his early hits.
No. Although the broad, horn-like sound of those amplified little instruments led some to call them “the Mississippi Sax”.
No. But Shakey could fill a similar place in the mix, as colour behind the lead instrument.
Correct. Shakey was one of the foremost exponents of the honking amplified harp line, and he could put together a very elegant solo part too.
Which Howlin' Wolf song did The Rolling Stones make a No.1 UK hit?
No. This was the Stones first British No.1 record, but it was written by Bobby Womack.
Correct. This may be one of the few times a traditional 12-bar Blues with original lyrics has topped the pop charts.
No. This Wolf song was ripped off by Led Zeppelin as 'The Lemon Song', and Wolf sued them for a fortune. He probably could have avoided going to court if he had just showed up on Jimmy Page's doorstep!
No. But Cream used this Wolf song as a jumping-off-point for some of their finest Blues-Rock improvising.
In which city would you find 'Congo Square', where music and dance was a tourist attraction?
No. Atlanta was home to hundreds of street musicians who played and sang Piedmont Blues, but not in any specific place.
Correct. Congo Square used to occupy the current Louis Armstrong Park, and in the 18th and 19th Centuries tourists would gather on Sundays to watch African-American slaves enjoy their brief time-out to sing, dance and play traditional African instruments. This custom provided the seed that grew into Jazz and Blues.
No. But Boston is home to many fine Squares, notably Haymarket Square, which is a great place to find fresh fruit and vegetables!
No. Memphis has been central to the story of the Blues, and the area around Beale Street is at the heart of Blues tourism, but the city is very light on squares!
Which record label put out T-Bone Walker's 'Stormy Monday'?
No. But T-Bone's 'Mean Old World' was one of Capitol's first releases, and his scintillating one-string lead guitar runs made the whole Blues business sit up and take notice.
No. T-Bone did record for them in the 50s, but Atlantic Records was just a gleam in Ahmet Ertegun's eye when 'Stormy Monday' was released.
No. But they did release T-Bone's first ever record, 'Wichita Falls Blues' back in 1929.
No. T-Bone played a residency at The Rhumboogie Club in Chicago during WWII, and cut some tracks for the house label, but 'Stormy Monday' wasn't one of them.
Who wrote 'Sweet Home Chicago'.
Well, yes actually. A more famous Bluesman is given the credit, but when you listen 'Old Kokomo Blues', it is pretty much the same, with the words 'sweet old Kokomo' replaced by 'sweet home Chicago'!
Correct. The version of this song we all know and love was recorded by The King of the Delta Blues.
Partly. Scrapper's 'Kokomo Blues' is the same tune, but other words were put to it later.
Which instrument did Yank Rachell play?
Not really. He played a little harp on streetcorners but never recorded with it. However, he played with many fine harp players like Hammie Nixon, John Lee 'Sonny Boy' Williamson and Noah Lewis.
Not really. Yank was a very good guitarist, but he is much better known for another stringed instrument.
No. But he played a session of duets on his main instrument with the great pianist Walter Davis in 1938 that resulted in the release of no less than nine records.
Not really. He could play violin, and sometimes did so with his friends Hammie Nixon and Sleepy John Estes.
Who recorded 'Crazy Blues' in 1920?
No. Clara was a best-selling Blues Diva in the 20s, when she was known as 'The Queen of the Moaners'. Also, Clara made several records duetting with her namesake Bessie (no relation), and they sometimes shared the services of the young Louis Armstrong and pianist Fletcher Henderson.
No. Although she went on to become the best-selling Blues artist of the day, and an infamous character in the days before 'celebrity', Bessie didn't make her first record until 1923.
No. But as the lead voice of the Gospel sensations The Ford Sisters, Willie-Mae was a big noise in the Baptist Church.
Correct. The song was earmarked to be sung by Sophie Tucker, but composer Perry Bradford persuaded Okeh Records to try Mamie, resulting in sensational million dollar sales and the birth of 'Race Music' in the recording industry.
Which 'supergroup' did Eric Clapton form after 'Cream'?
No. That was Mike Bloomfield, Dr. John and John Hammond Jr. They made one rather uninspired album in 1973, then thought better of it.
No. The married Bramletts recruited Clapton along with Duane Allman, Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge to their project, but that was after Eric had had a brief fling with some other star musicians.
Correct. After Cream said 'Farewell' in 1969, Eric and Ginger Baker joined with keyboard/vocalist Stevie Winwood and bassist Rick Gretch from Family. They toured Europe and the USA, starting riots, and recorded an album that topped the charts on both sides of the pond, forced the merger of two huge record companies, then disbanded. All in seven months!
No. Eric teamed up with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon from Delaney and Bonnie's band, and recruited Duane Allman to record the 'Layla' album. It proved to be their only major work as Eric was unable to complete the follow-up, owing to the death of his friend Jimi Hendrix and his withdrawal into heroin addiction.