Daily Trivia: 12/6/11

Question: What Phil Phillips R&B classic was the first single released by the Honeydrippers?


Last Question: What M*A*S*H veteran was brought in to play Major Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later, when Larry Hagman was too busy with Dallas?

Answer: Wayne Rogers

I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later was a 1985 made-for-television “reunion movie” based on the 1965-70 comedy. Most of the stars from the original show appeared. However, Larry Hagman, who played Tony Nelson in the original show, was unable to appear because he was too busy with his blockbuster show, Dallas. So, Wayne Rogers, who had starred as Trapper John on M*A*S*H, replaced Hagman as Tony Nelson. Here is the show:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Remember That Song? – 12/6/11

Can you name the artist and song:

Maybe it’s a sign of weakness
When I don’t know what to say
Maybe I just wouldn’t know
What to do with my strength anyway


Last Song: “Shakedown” by Bob Seger:

No matter what you think you’ve done
You’ll find it’s not enough
No matter what you think you know
You won’t get through

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1983 – Frank Stallone

“Far From Over” by Frank Stallone

Arguably, “Far From Over” was the best part of Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Frank Stallone (younger brother of Sylvester Stallone) wrote the song along with Vince DiCola. “Far From Over” peaked at #10 on October 1, 1983. It was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture and a Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.

Stallone has released several albums over the years. Being a huge Frank Sinatra fan, his albums have been Big Band/crooning style music. So, he has not had another major hit since “Far From Over”.
In 2008, he went on tour with his own Frank Stallone Band, which featured himself on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

It seems like his chart-topping success is over. So let’s enjoy this awesome song – “Far From Over”:

Daily Trivia: 12/5/11

Question: What M*A*S*H veteran was brought in to play Major Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later, when Larry Hagman was too busy with Dallas?


Last Question: In A Christmas Story, Which Christmas song were Ralphie, Randy, and his mother singing in the car before they got a flat tire?

Answer: “Jingle Bells”

In a scene where the whole family was driving home, Mrs. Parker and her sons were in the Christmas spirit. They decided to show it by singing very loudly, while the old man just drove making faces of disgust. They ended the song with a raspberry and giggles, then heard a pop. That’s when they realized they had a flat, so the old man raced out to fix the flat tire. Ralphie also went out to help his father. This was right before the infamous ‘Oooooh Fuuuudge’ moment!

Remember That Song? – 12/5/11

Can you name the artist and song:

No matter what you think you’ve done
You’ll find it’s not enough
No matter what you think you know
You won’t get through


Last Song: “Little Fighter” by White Lion:

Are you cryin tonight?
Are you feelin all right?
I told the world that you were down on your luck

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1983 – Taco

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” was actually written by Irving Berlin in 1929. There have been many versions of the song. Fred Astaire performed the song in the 1946 movie, Blue Skies. Then the song was performed by Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle in the 1974 Mel Brooks film, Young Frankenstein.

Taco released his version in 1983, and the song peaked at #4 on September 3, 1983. His version includes a tap dance solo in the middle to honor Astaire. Taco did not have another hit after that. His follow-up song, “Singing in the Rain” was only a moderate success peaking at No. 49 in Germany and No.46 in Canada.

After recording a few more albums, Taco focused more on acting, and appeared on some German television shows. He currently resides in Germany, performing with his band and as a gala artist.

Here is his moment of glory, with “Puttin’ On the Ritz”:

Daily Trivia: 12/2/11

Question: In A Christmas Story, Which Christmas song were Ralphie, Randy, and his mother singing in the car before they got a flat tire?


Last Question: How much money did Brewster need to spend in the movie, Brewster’s Millions?


Answer: $30 million

Monty Brewster (Richard Pryor) is told that his recently deceased great-uncle Rupert Horn (Hume Cronyn), whom he has never met, has left him his entire fortune because Monty is his only living blood relative. There was a catch, however. Brewster had spend $30 million within 30 days to inherit $300 million. If he failed to do so, he would get “didley”. Here is the trailer of this fun movie:

Remember That Song? – 12/2/11

Can you name the artist and song:

Are you cryin tonight?
Are you feelin all right?
I told the world that you were down on your luck


Last Song: “Is This Love?” by Survivor:

I’ve heard talk of blind devotion
Lovers through thick and thin
Lives touched with real emotion
Faithful ’til the bitter end

Daily Trivia: 12/1/11

Question: How much money did Brewster need to spend in the movie, Brewster’s Millions?


Last Question: How many seasons did Benson air on ABC?

A. 5 seasons
B. 7 seasons
C. 8 seasons
D. 9 seasons

Answer: B. 7 seasons

Benson (played by Robert Guillaume, who celebrated his birthday yesterday) was the Tate’s wise-cracking butler on the television show, Soap. The scene stealer spun off his own show, Benson, which aired for 7 seasons (September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986).

Benson had been hired to be the head of household affairs for scatterbrained and widowed Governor Eugene Gatling (James Noble), and his daughter Katie (Missy Gold). The Governor was cousins with Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) and Mary Campbell (Cathryn Damon) from Soap.

Benson worked his way up the ladder during the series, going from head of household affairs, to state budget director, and eventually was elevated to the position of Lieutenant Governor.

During the final episodes of the series, Benson ran for Governor. Governor Gatling had thought that he was prohibited from running for re-election due to term limits. So Benson won the nomination of Gatling’s party. Then Governor Gatling found out that he could run again if he did so as an independent candidate. So, that is what he did – which pitted the two friends against each other.

Later it was revealed that he could run again if he did so as an independent candidate, which he decided to do. By this time, Benson had already won the nomination of Gatling’s party, setting the stage for the two to go head-to-head in the general election.

In the series finale, it was election night. The race was still too close to call. But Benson and Gatling made up with each other, and watched the election returns together on television. The series ended as the broadcaster began to announce that a winner in the close election. So we never found out who won the election.

Over the course of the show’s seven-year run it was nominated for a total of 17 Emmy’s. It won two, including Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Guillaume’s second-to-last season portraying the title character, marking the first, and to this day only time an African-American actor has won the award.