ow much do you really know about subjects like Doo-Wop, the Blues, Chocolate or Peanut Butter? Challenge your mind and memory with these trivia pages!
Peanuts originated in South America, and were grown as far north as Mexico by the time the Spanish began their exploration of the continent. When the explorers returned to Spain, they took peanuts with them. Later, traders spread peanuts to Africa and Asia, thus introducing them worldwide.
Like the lowly peanut, Cocoa beans were an important part of ancient South American cultures. The Mayans created a ritual beverage made from ground cocoa beans and water, along with black pepper, vanilla and spices. The beverage was shared during engagement and marriage ceremonies, providing one of the first known links between chocolate and romance.
A lowly marsh plant, Athaea officinalis was the original source for the regal Marshmallow; Egyptians would, depending upon who you believe, either squeeze the sap from the plant and mix it with honey and nuts or boil the plant's root pulp with sugar until it thickened. It was then strained, cooled and consumption. As was the case with chocolate, marshmallow concoctions were reserved for royalty - the rich folks. I'm told that "the gods" got some too, but I suspect skulduggery here; I think it more likely that temple priests and priestesses munched on the "god's" portions.
The name "Doo wop" is given to a style of vocal-based R&B music that developed in African American communities in the 1940s and achieved mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. Doo Wop was built on vocal harmony, and was one of the most pervasive, pop-oriented R&B styles of the 1950s and 1960s. In my home town of Santa Clara, California, I had just entered high school when doo wop hit the scene like a sledge hammer. It was 1954.
Welcome to the first fifty questions on 50s Rock & Roll; you'll find a link to the second set of 50 questions at the end of this page.
Rock and roll dominated popular music in the 1950s. The genre originated in the United States during the late 1940s and early 50s. It quickly spread to much of the free world. Rock's immediate origins lay in a mixing together of various African-American musical forms of the time, including R&B and Gospel; in addition to Country/Western.
Ok, ok, I admit it. We love hockey, say "eh" and "aboot," and let beavers deliver our mail. We drink a lot of crappy beer and fight like demons when we have to.
Hell, if you had to drink Canadian beer, you'd be pissed, too!
The Blues is the name given to a unique musical form and genre that originated in African-American communities of the American Deep South. This collection of useless trivia is simply recongition of the Blue's contribution to American culture and music worldwide.
When you think of the blues, you think about misfortune, betrayal and regret. You lose your job, you get the Blues. Your wife leaves you, you get the Blues. She comes back, you get the Blues. Your dog dies, you get the Blues.
From where I sit, rock and roll got its start in the Fifties, and was heavily influenced by Rythm & Blues music - and, if the pundits are right, country music as well.
For me, the Fifties were magic, because that decade encompassed my high school years. By the time rock really got rolling in the Sixties, I was married and struggling to make a living, but the music was always there.
"Doo-wop" is a style of vocal-based R&B music that developed in Black communities in the 40s, and which achieved widespread popularity in the 50s and early 60s. Doo-Wop was built on vocal harmony, and was one of the most pervasive, pop-oriented R&B styles of the 1950s and 1960s. In my home town, I had just entered high school when doo wop hit the scene like a sledge hammer. It was 1954.
Welcome to the second half of my "Quiz: 100 1950s Rock Trivia Questions" project. If you missed the first half, no worries - you'll find a link at the end of this page.
Rock and roll dominated popular music in the 1950s. It originated in the United States during the late 1940s and early 50s. It quickly spread to much of the free world. Rock's immediate origins lay in a mixing together of various African-American musical forms of the time, including R&B and Gospel; in addition to Country/Western.
Welcome to part 2 of my Blues Trivia lenses. If you missed Part I, you'll find it here.
When I was a tadpole, there was no "rock and roll." There was pop, which I didn't like because my folks did, and there was country, which I did...and there was the Blues, broadcast by an Oakland, California radio station.
I spent most of my time listening to the Blues, at least until the Johnny-come-lately "Rock and Roll" came along...but that's another story.
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