Return the Artist and Song – 5/19/11

Continuing with the Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song:

Some women seem to have a knack
They’ll turn you on and leave you flat
Never can tell who’s playin for keeps
So tell me now what’s holding you back
I know your heart can take it



Yesterday’s:  “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

And even though I know
How very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing
On the Same Bright Star

Daily Trivia – 5/18/11

Question: What humanoid-shaped candies, introduced in 1985, start off sour and then turn sweet?


Last Question: On A Different World, what Star Search-winning comedian played Coach Walter Oakes?

Answer: Sinbad

Here is Sinbad’s Star Search performance:

In 1987, he landed the role of Coach Walter Oakes on The Cosby Show spinoff, A Different World.
He stayed on the show until 1991.

Here is the opening theme of A Different World:

Return the Artist, Song, and Lyrics – 5/18/11

Continuing with the Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song, and complete the lyrics:

And even though I know
How very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing
__ ___ ____ ______ ____


Yesterday’s:  “Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson

And all these dreams I saved for a rainy day,
They’re finally coming true.
I’ll Share Them All With You

Return the Artist and Song – 5/17/11

Let’s make this a Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song, and complete the lyrics:

And all these dreams I saved for a rainy day,
They’re finally coming true.
I’ll _____ ____ ___ ____ ___


Yesterday’s:  “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day
Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong

Daily Trivia – 5/17/11

Question: On A Different World, what Star Search-winning comedian played Coach Walter Oakes?


Last Question: In what sitcom did Sherman Hemsley play the deacon of a Philadelphia church?

Answer: Amen

Amen aired on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991. It was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s which featured entirely or almost-entirely black casts, including The Cosby Show, A Different World, and 227.

Sherman Hemsley played Deacon Ernest Frye, of the First Community Church of Philadelphia. He was always getting in trouble with his many harebrained schemes. Anna Maria Horsford played Deacon Frye’s 36-year-old spinster daughter, Thelma Frye. She would eventually go on to marry Reverend Reuben Gregory (Clifton Davis), the new, young pastor of the First Community Church who Thelma had a crush on.

Here are the opening and closing credits of the show:

Daily Trivia – 5/16/11

Question: In what sitcom did Sherman Hemsley play the deacon of a Philadelphia church?


Last Question: In 1986, what was the theme song of the claymation California Raisins?

Answer: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”

In 1986, the concept of dancing raisins singing the 1968 Marvin Gaye song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was created on behalf of the California Raisin Advisory Board.

The California Raisins were claymation characters whose popularity exploded from 1986 through the late ’80s. The lead vocals were sung by Buddy Miles, who was a founding member of The Electric Flag in 1967, then as a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys from 1969 through to January 1970.

Like most popular fads of the ’80s, a Saturday morning cartoon was created. But The California Raisin Show only lasted 13 episodes. They also had four studio albums released through 1987 to 1988, and their signature song, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” landed on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Raisins could be seen everywhere. They were on lunch boxes, notebooks, clothing, posters, bedsheets, and even Halloween costumes.
But, they were best known for their commercials. There were even commercials that starred music legends Michael Jackson and Ray Charles.

Here are some of the commercials:

With Michael Jackson:

With Ray Charles:

Return the Artist and Song – 5/16/11

Return the Artist and Song, and complete the lyrics (the song and lyrics are the same):

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day
____ ____ __ __ _____ __ ______


Friday’s Answer:  “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone

You give me something I can hold onto
I know you think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall

James Durbin ’80s Performances

Now I remember why I stopped watching American Idol for a while! Finally, there was somebody consistently putting out really good rock songs. I don’t think that there’s much question that Durbin is going to go on to a successful Rock career. Here are his performances of ’80s songs:

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

This is when James proved to me that he wasn’t a phony Idol “token” rock performer:

I’ll Be There for You

He could even do rock ballads:

Heavy Metal

I love Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal”. But, I always felt it was more of a Hard Rock song than Metal. This version of “Heavy Metal” is actually Heavy Metal. And props for getting Zakk Wylde

Don’t Stop Believin’

Great song choice! Unfortunately, this was the first song of his last night.

Daily Trivia – 5/13/11

Question: In 1986, what was the theme song of the claymation California Raisins?


Last Question: What movie starred Elisabeth Shue as “Chris Parker,” a character that sang the blues?

Answer: Adventures in Babysitting

After being detained by car thieves, Chris (Elisabeth Shue) and the kids escape. But not before Daryl (Rent‘s Anthony Rapp) finds a Playboy magazine and steals it, not knowing that it contains incriminating evidence against the thieves.

The thieves give chase, and Chris and the kids stumble into a Blues club, where Blues legend, Albert Collins says, “Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.” :

Return the Artist and Song – 5/13/11

Return the Artist and Song:

You give me something I can hold onto
I know you think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall


Here is Yesterday’s:  “(Roll On) Eighteen Wheeler” by Alabama:

It’s Monday morning, he’s kissin’ momma goodbye
He’s up and gone with the sun
Daddy drives an eighteen-wheeler
And he’s off on a Midwest run

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