Conducted by Pauline Swindells
Could you offer a prize for one of our competitions? Please e-mail Pauline.
And the answers are:
1. Vince Eager
Having identified some bonny lasses from the site, this time, you have to name the lads. They are Rob Dee, Vince Eager, Geoff Howlett, Collin Hughes, Nigel Slater, Johnny Storme, Henry Swindells, Bob Taylor, Harry Whitehouse and Ronnie Wycherley.
There's even a prize - a copy of Halfway To The Hits, kindly donated by Jeanand Marie.
When you've done as well as you can, send your answers to Pauline at email@example.com
Just for fun...who can you recognise? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
That caused some problems - the line-up
is Johnny Gentle, Vince Eager, Billy, Dickie Pride, Tony "Tex"
Makins (later bass player in the Blue Flames) and Ray McVay (later a
well-known band leader).
The answers to the June competition:
The song title answers for the June Quiz
all have colours in them. I’ve listed the artists and the year…..you
supply the song title.
And the answers are...
1. Jean Wycherley
The following charmers all grew into lovely ladies. You will find most of them on the message board, complete with up-to-date pictures.
They are, in alphabetical order, Hazel Barnes, Jayne Coombe, Mags Cummings, Moya Gleave, Cathy Homann, Babs Hughes, Hayley Mansell, Marie Richardson, Pauline Swindells, Sheila Taylor, Jean Todd, Maureen Whitehouse and Jean Wycherley.
When you feel you have identified them all, please e-mail your answer to Pauline at email@example.com
The answers to the April comp are:
e-mail your answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For February’s Comp…..you had to name the male singer who appeared in the
The answers to the February comp are:
The four stars peeping to see if Santa had arrived were:
The question was...
Who is peeping to see if Santa is on his way? For our Christmas quiz, you have to name the stars from their eyes. (Real Player needed.) Just click here for the slide show.
Babs is very kindly providing a surprise prize for the winner. Many thanks, Babs.
(Click here for the answers)
Here are 50 questions, for anyone who wants something to keep them out of mischief over the holiday.
I'll be surprised if anyone gets them all correct, so just send in as many answers as you can, before January 4.
The prize is rather nice. When Elvis Presley died, the story was covered, of course, by the local newspaper, the Memphis Commercial Appeal. They were overwhelmed with requests for copies, so they printed a 12-page special edition, containing all of their reports and photographs of his death and the funeral.
I have two copies, one for the person who scores highest - if necessary, I'll make a draw from the high scores - and one to be auctioned at the Sunnyside on March 18.
When you want to submit your answers, just hit here to e-mail Harry (I thought I'd do it myself, to give Pauline a chance to enter for once).
Identify these British 50s/60s singers.
1 _ _ N _ _ / _ A _ _ _
2 _ O _ _ _ / _ _ _ _ E
3 _ D _ _ / _ _ I _ _
4 _ _ S _ / _ O _ _ _ _
5 _ _ _ U _ _ / _ _ A _ _
6 What kissed Billy Fury's cheek?
7 In which film did Danny Williams sing Moon River?
8 Who refers to his listeners as "avids"?
9 Who used to give his listeners a kiss-in-the-car-park licence?
10 Who or what was given string and sealing wax?
11 Which record limped into the top 20 in 1965, but was, righteously, a number 1 in 1990?
12 Which Beatles song topped the US chart but was not released as a single in the UK?
13 Who did Frankie, Con, Kenny and Dec all say: "Hello" to?
Who also said...
15 ....how are you?
16 ....I love you
17 ...little girl
18 ...Mary Lou
19 ...to his Mum and Dad
At Christmas, who...
22 Spelled out the alphabet?
23 Had an island?
24 Thought it would be a lonely day?
25 Said the world was kneeling?
What colour was...
26 Horst's woodland?
27 Johnny's river?
28 Roy's angel?
29 Fats's sails?
30 Jacky's horses?
31 Elvis's moon?
32 Tom's grass?
33 Shirley's finger?
34 Girls were sitting on the back seat?
35 Steps to heaven?
36 Steps from heaven?
37 Silhouettes were on the shade?
38 Little boys?
39 More dances?
40 Broken hearts for sale?
41 Times out of ten?
42 Times upon a dream?
43 Was Pat Boone between?
44 Stars in the sky?
45 Bert's boogie?
46 The Monkees' train going?
47 It midnight?
48 Gene a day away from?
49 Did some potty chaps want to go to?
50 Did Billy get halfway to?
TO TRIVIA QUIZ (RIGHT)
I'm glad so many were entertained by the questions. I was awed to discover just how much you knew, and in the end, the four top scorers had only 11 wrong answers between them.
Alan and Jayne Coombe, Bob Dewick and Daniel Heeney were very close, but John Loaring simply got the lot.
One mistake was made by me - question 7. Danny Williams did not sing Moon River in any film. Audrey Hepburn sang it in Breakfast At Tiffany's, and Danny sang Who Can Say in Play It Cool, so there were only 49 possible correct answers.
And these were:
1 Vince Eager or Denny Laine.
1. Friendly persuasion
This month's prize is David Broadley's simply terrific CD, If You Only Knew. Thanks to Moya for being negotiator and to David for the prize.
This is not part of the quiz, but anyone who fancies a bit of a challenge can tell me who sang the original version of Jealousy from the 1945 film.
The answers to the August 2005 quiz.
Pauline's excelled herself this time - not too difficult, but a lot of fun.
In tune with the 60th anniversary of the end of the second world war, have a look at this slide show, name the American teen idols, and the 60s war film in which they appeared.
As ever, e-mail your answers to Pauline at email@example.com
Jean Todd has very generously donated the
prize CD - Number 1 Hits Of The 60s, Volume 1.
Results of the June quiz
(The tie-breaker answer was Jet Harris, with Besame Mucho, which is Spanish for "kiss me a lot".)
Hey everybody, come along if you can!
The content of this month’s quiz is inspired by its prize….Peter Williams' incomparable CD. If you have one already and win, give yours to a friend. Peter has signed this one.
Peter will have another CD ready for Christmas. Lovely idea for
pressies. Even my friends who are not Billy Fury’s biggest fans, loved Peter’s CD.
And in case we need a tie-break, which 1960s guitarist asked to be kissed a lot, but in a foreign fashion?
The answers to April’s quiz (kindly set by Babs) are:
I’m afraid I didn’t have any all correct answers. The question that threw everyone…me included….was number 2. Marie Richardson and Bob Taylor got nine correct. Marie’s name came out of the wellie, so she wins Ray Shenton’s CD. Thanks for the CD Ray and thanks for the quiz Babs.
I’d just like to give a special mention to Hazel for her perseverance……Hazel is Babs sister and she hopes that you’ll make them easier next time, Babs!!! Welcome to the comps Hazel…the next one is a piece of cake!!!!!
Our guest setter this month is Babs.
1 On which film set did Billy meet Elvis
2 Who was Billy's favourite male actor
3 From which town did the "Gamblers" hail?
4 Who is the sister of a famous rock n roller who dueted with former lead singer of "Them"
5 Before taking up the guitar, what self made instrument did Gerry Marsden play
6 Richard Wayne Penniman is known to us as who
7 What was Sam Cooke's first 1957 hit record
8 Abdul "Duke" Fakir is a member of which Motown group
9 Who am I. Mystery photo.
E-mail answers please to Pauline at firstname.lastname@example.org
The answers to the February quiz are:
I had 11 all correct answers. These were from: Paula Parker (first all correct) – Mags Cummings – Marguerite Holloway - Nikki Foster ( a very warm welcome to the comps) – Marie Richardson – Carol James – Kathleen Parkinson (a very warm welcome to the comps) - John Loaring – Jan Burch – Keith Derverell and Jayne Coombe (who, I’m told, had no help from Alan!).
Well done all. The winner drawn from Bob’s wellie by Colin Paul at his Saturday gig was Mags Cummings. Well done, Mags….about time your name came out of the wellie!.....Bob will be posting your prizes.
Many thanks to Bob for a smashing quiz. And, we have another guest quizmaster for April. Watch this space. Happy Easter to everyone.
Welcome all to the February 05 quiz.
You had to name the cast members from the clues given.
And the answers are:
The answers to the Christmas quiz:
I had a record breaking 27 correct entries. The ones that got it right were:
Mags Cummings (first all correct), Marie, John Ellson (Snowy), Miles Bart, Barbara Hughes, Jean Todd, John Loaring, Jan Burch, Lorraine Barnett, Paula Parker, Russ Dee, Bob Taylor, Irene Howson, Terry Wilson, Carol James, Jane Willis, Annette Thomas, Philip Greenwood, Dave Tolhurst, Alan Coombe, Johnny Storme, Grant Eden, Louise Whitehouse, Jan Dixcey, Joan Whyte, Mike Ford and I had an anonymous entry from someone who lives in Newark!!!!!!
I had a near miss entry of 9 correct from Linda Hines.
There are lots of new names up there…a very, very warm welcome to the comps….and it’s nice to have you back again Terry.
The winner, drawn from the traditional wellie by my friend Penny (before I gave her her new year dinner) is Joan Whyte. Could you please email me your address and I will post your prize.
We have a guest quiz master next month, so watch this space.
A very, very happy 2005 to everyone.
To prize for the first all-correct answer drawn from the ceremonial wellie is The Billy Fury/Marty Wilde side by side CD from Marks and Spencer, donated by Pauline.
I was born on 12th November 1929. I always wanted to be an actress. My first role was at the age of 12 when I made my stage debut in "Don’t feed the animals." It was not until 1951 that I got my first Hollywood role; to play opposite Gary Cooper in the Western "High Noon". I became the ice cool blonde when I was cast by Alfred Hitchcock.
I won an Oscar as best actress in 1955 and it was because of this award that I was invited to the Cannes Film Festival in that same year. It was at this festival that I met the man that I was to marry and become, just like Cinderella, a fairy tale princess.
My Mother, English born Alice of Battenburg, met my Father (Prince Andrew of Greece) at the coronation of King Edward V11 in 1901.
I was born on the 10th June 1921 on the island of Corfu.
I became a prince when I married my wife in 1947 and since then my position in life has been unclear. Usually it is at least one pace behind her.
I was born on 8th January 1935 in my parents tiny two roomed shack. My mother Gladys was 22 and my father Vernon was 18.
In 1953 I began to work off and on at the recording studio of Sam Phillips. It was here that I made a birthday recording for my Mother, on the night of 5th July 1954, singing an old country blues track. Phillips knew he was onto something and recorded the track. I was on my way.
I was born Farookh Budsara to Persian parents on the 5th September 1946. My birthplace was the island of Zanzibar; off the West coast of Africa.
In 1968 Brian May teamed up with Roger Taylor and Tim Staffell to form the group Smile. Staffell was a fellow student of mine and he started taking me along to Smile gigs. In 1969, I was introduced to a group called Ibex and began singing for them. After Ibex, I began singing with a group called Sour Milk Sea and when they broke up I set up my own band, Wreckage. That didn’t last long and when Tim Staffell decided to quit Smile, I took his place.
So, it was in 1971, that the band that would be famous came into being. The line up was completed in 1971 when John Deacon joined on bass. The band’s name was my idea. It was at this time that I decided I too needed a new name.
I was born on 2nd March 1950. My first public appearance was singing in a competition, which my brother had entered with an original song. There we met Wes Jacobs, teamed up and began playing together as a trio. In June 1966 we recruited a guitarist, bass player and vocalist and we became known as Spectrum. Only after the demise of Spectrum did my brother and I go into the recording studio. We came up with the name we were to become famous by when we entered a talent show, which we won. Our first single a copy of the Beatles’ "Ticket to Ride" reached number 54. Our next single reached number one in America.
I was born on the 5th May, 1882 at Drayton gardens, Old Trafford.
My Father was a lawyer and twenty years older than our Mother, Emmaline. He was known in his circle of friends as "The doctor" because he held a doctorate in law from the University of London. He took a keen interest in his young wife and family, something which was considered "odd" for a man of that time.
The woman’s Social and Political union began it’s militant agitation in 1905. It was my Mother and sister Christobel, who are remembered for their involvement in the "Votes for Women Campaign", although I took and active part. I was the artist of the family and it was my paintings and drawings that illustrated pamphlets etc. used by the union in its fight for women’s rights.
I was born on the 8th February 1931 in Fairmount, Indiana. My parents both came from families that has farmed in the area for generations.
During my short film career, I only made three films, but these films gave me parts that epitomized teenage rebellion of the 1950’s. The biggest romance of my life started during the making of my first film. She was a 22 year old actress from Sardinia and she was called Pier Angeli. Though devoted to begin with, our relationship became increasingly tempestuous. We would argue and then I would get drunk. Just like buttons love, Cinderella, the love of my life married someone else.
I was born in 1937 in Bute Street, Tiger Bay. I was the last of seven children, six of them being girls.
As a little girl, I was drawn to dancing and tried hard to shine at it, but it was as singer that I became famous. My career started the hard way. At thirteen I began singing in dockland pubs and clubs. It could be tough. They threw things if they didn’t like you and the applause was rare.
I released my first U.K. single, "The Banana Boat Song", in February 1957 and it went to number eight in the charts.
I was born on the 17th April 1940, in the Wavertree area of Liverpool. On, Wednesday, October 1st, 1958, I had an appointment at the Essoldo theatre with Larry Parnes. Larry pushed me out onto the stage that night and asked me to join his stable of young entertainers. The next day, I left home to join Larry’s show in Manchester and my name was changed into the one that became lengendary.
The girls pictured were:
I had 7 all correct answers from:
Barbara Hughes, Jean Todd, Tony Philbin, Moya Gleave, Marie, John Loaring
Well done to all because I’ve been told this one was very difficult. And a special thank you to Harry for his presentation….it was brilliant.
Thanks also to Lorraine for the CD prize. Lorraine very kindly drew the winner out of the hat….congratulations to Jean Todd who wins this months comp. If you could please forward your address to me or Lorraine, she will post off your prize.
See you all next month for the BIG ONE!
Find The Ladies slideshow.
All you have to do is name these five girl singers (Real Player needed) and click this link to e-mail your answers to Pauline.
The winner will receive a CD, Leader Of The Pack, kindly donated by Lorraine.
THE SINGER NOT THE SONG:
I had a terrific response to this quiz. Many thanks to all who entered.
The first all-correct answer was from Lorraine Barnett, followed by John Loaring, Alan and Jayne Coombe, Marguerite Holloway, Mags Cummings, Carol James, Paula Parker (a very warm welcome to the quiz) and Jan Burch.
Near misses were scored by Moya, Marie and Daniel, who all had 14 right.
Mrs Geoff Howlett drew the name from the traditional wellie (thank you, Judith) and the winner was John Loaring, who will receive a copy of Geoff's new CD.
This inspired the quiz's content and title.
Below are listed the tracks from the CD….you had to say who sang the original.
And the answers to two non quiz questions were:
Very straightforward questions from Pauline this month: Name these three. And what did they have in common?
And the answer is..
Well, I’m impressed. The picture was taken in 1957, but nine of you knew that the threesome were:
And the connection was….they all presented the TV show 6-5 Special.
The first two correct answers came from Miles Bart and Jean Todd…within seconds of each other, so both got the card prizes. The other correct answers came from……John Loaring, Tony Philbin, Alan and Jayne Coombe, Keith Cairns, Vivien and Keith (Chris), Babs and Marguerite Holloway.
Well done to all.
April’s quiz with the answers.
Home thoughts from Abroad by Robert Browning.
How do you do it?
Can’t buy me love.
Martin Luther King.
It was written by Lennon and McCartney.
Sandy Shaw….Puppet on a string.
I had nine all correct answers to this quiz. The first all correct entry came from Lorraine Barnett. I then had correct answers from Marguerite Holloway, Mags Cummings, Jean Todd, John Loaring, Marie, Carol James, Jan Burch and Alan and Jayne Coombe (Or as Alan confessed mostly Jayne!!)
Well done to all.
were three clues to the baby's identity.
Pauline received 26 correct answers from people (including even me!) who knew it was Kim Wilde (Smith), Marty's daughter.
The other clever clogs were: Lorraine Barnett, Rob Dee, Jean Todd, Geoff and Judith Howlett, Ray and Jean Shenton, John Hetherington, Jan Burch, Bass, Keith Sisson, Janet Shaw, Miles Bart, Mike Ford, Alan Coombe, Kath Griffin, Moya Gleave, Keith Cairns, Louise Whitehouse, Hayley Mansell, Daniel Heeney, Judith Magill, James Seddon, Christine Helm, John Gibson and Marie.
To show my admiration for you all, I will accept cheques from anyone of you who want to book for Fury Fest 04 (details linked from the front page). Anyone who doesn't book soon will have their names mis-spelt in future.
The answers to the Christmas quiz: (I had, at one point, two number 10’s…sorry….the Adam Faith answer I’ve moved to 21.)
I had seven all correct answers from: John Loaring, Janet Burchett-Vass (a very warm welcome to the quiz), Jean Todd, Mike ford, Alan and Jane Coombe, Mags and Marie (a very warm welcome to the quiz).
This months very near miss of 20 correct was from Moya.
The name pulled out of the hat for the Billy cushion was JEAN TODD.
The name pulled out of the hat for the T shirt was JOHN LOARING.
The name pulled out of the all entries hat for the second t shirt was BARBARA HUGHES.
If winners could email me their addresses I will post off the prizes.
I’d just like to add a big thank you to everyone who enters the comps…I so enjoy doing them…I hope you all enjoy them too.
There are three to identify - the first is VERY easy. When you want to guess, click here to go to the Trivia section on the Message Board. No prizes!
Click to listen to the Real Audio file
Our Christmas quiz this year is a mixture of music questions and Christmas related questions.
There are three prizes this year:
2 T-shirts printed with the site logo
And a Billy Fury cushion.
As it’s Christmas and I’m entering into the spirit of goodwill to all men and women, I am saving one T-shirt and putting everyone who enters the quiz, including the ones who’ve got it right, but not been lucky enough to win a prize, into a hat and drawing out one winner. The other T-shirt and cushion will be posted to the two names drawn out of the hat from those who get the quiz all correct. If no one gets the quiz all correct, then the prizes will be drawn from all entries.
And I wish everyone on the site
very happy and peaceful Christmas.
CHRISTMAS POT POURRI
21. What was the title of Adam Faith’s Christmas hit from 1960?
To send your answers to Pauline, click here.
The first all correct entry for October’s competition was from Swedish. I then had three more all correct entries from Alan and Jayne Coombe, Babs Hughes and John Loaring.
As this was not a prize competition, I haven’t chosen just one winner….all four are winners. Well done.
The answers are:
The answers are:
Shake, rattle and roll.
Identify the line and tell me the song it came from.
I’m like a one eyed cat peeping in a seafood store.
01 I’m like a one eyed cat peeping in a seafood store.
02 Say Moma, can I go out tonight?
03 Look up, is that the moon we see?
04 And sit there holding hands.
05 You can start by doing the things you used to do.
06 You rattle my brain.
07 He was barking at the two men who were gambling in the dark.
08 Do the dance sensation that is sweeping the nation.
09 Take out the papers and the trash.
10 My future happiness depends on dollar bill.
11 If that private eye can’t see.
12 You can dance every dance with the guy who gives you the eye.
13 Put your glad rags on and join me hon.
14 Oh, how my heart yearns for you.
15 Who calls the English teacher daddy O?
16 The plaintive cry of a young Mexican girl.
17 The bellhop’s tears keep flowing.
18 Now laughing friends deride.
19 You were watching that same old moon.
20 Our goose is cooked
Click here to e-mail your answers to Pauline.
anyone would like to try the massive charity competition that Pauline
set at Fury Fest 03, click here
to call up the page. We'll supply the answers in the fullness of
time. Pauline generously supplied all of the prizes. First
prize went to Moya, who entered by e-mail.
This month's competition will be a giant one at Fury Fest. You will be invited to pay £1 for a competition sheet (all proceeds for Alder Hey Children's Hospital Heart Fund) then spend the weekend working out the answers.
The answers to the August quiz are:
To send your answers, just click here.
Keep track of your Bills
Our Competitions Editor, Pauline, asked you to identify these famous Billys for the June competition.
The winner, whose name was drawn from the traditional welly, is Christine Helm. Please send your address email@example.com so that we can forward the prize of a 1960s quiz book.
The questions and answers are:
1 In 1961 he was Halfway to Paradise.
APRIL 2003 COMPETITION
Middles And Beginnings
This Real Audio file has 15 excerpts from songs that Billy has recorded.
Our Competitions Editor, Pauline Swindells, asked you to list them in order.
The answers were:
1 That’s love 2 Turn my back on you 3 Stick around 4 Angel face 5 Wondrous Place 6 Letter full of tears 7 What do you think you’re doing of 8 In summer 9 Go ahead and ask her 10 Forget him 11 Love or money 12 Sticks and stones 13 In thoughts of you 14 Don’t jump 15 It’s you I need
I received eight entries. Out of those I had four all correct entries. These were from:
Moya (First all correct entry which I received almost as soon as the comp was posted)
and Ann Vickers
I had a very, very near miss
I’ve been told this comp was specially hard….so well done to everyonewho sent in an entry.
to Moya whose name was first out of the wellie…she
wins the April competition.
For the February competition, I thought we’d have a bit of fun. This one was been inspired by all you lyricists out there. You had to write a limerick or a poem about Billy.
I thought everyone deserved to win, but I have a choose just one, so after much deliberation and re-reading of everyone's entry...I've decided I can't.....so I've made joint winners for the limerick:
The limerick that sums up Billy's life in five lines is the one by Mike Ford:
The Essoldo was where it all started,
Many songs followed that charted
A comeback was tried
But sadly he died
And we were all left broken hearted.
And the one that still makes me smile after reading and re-reading: Rob Dee's:
There was a young man called Fury
Who had his records played on Juke Box Jury
David Jacobs would ring his bell
Another hit you could tell
Which made the girl's eyes go all blurry
And, of course the poem is the one that literally took my breath away: Marguerite Holloway's very clever and very beautiful:
B is for BILLY, even now that he's gone
to his legions of fans he's still number one.
I is for idol, coz he was the best
a towering talent, stood out from the rest.
L is for love songs sung from the heart
and each confirmation that he stood apart.
L is also for lyrics, his music lives on
so that sometimes it feels like he's never been gone.
Y is for yardstick, use Billy and know
just how great he was, why fans miss him so.
F is forget him but that couldn't be
we'll grow hold together, his memory and me.
U is unique, he was from the start
when Billy was born, the mould flew apart.
R is remember that wonderful face
his beautiful voice that we'll never replace.
Y is for yesterday, long gone and yet
wherever you are Billy, we won't forget.
I've liked this comp, because it brought forward the shy and we had several new friends posting on the message board.
CHRISTMAS COMPO 2002 ANSWERS
Pauline set a Christmas music sound quiz.
To see the answers, click here.
In a very heavy entry, the first all-correct answers received were from John Loaring, within minutes of the quiz being posted. Other all-correct answers came from Alan and Jane Coombe, Mags Cummings, Mike Ford, John Hetherington and Terry Wilson.
The first name pulled from the wellie was Mike Ford - please let Pauline have your postal address, so that she can send your prize cushion. I shall be posting Albie's CD to the runner-up, John Loaring.
The cushion has been made by Pauline's friend Penny, and the CD has been donated by our site's sponsor, Peaksoft.
To hear the songs, click here.
To download the file, click here.
The winner of our competition for October 2002, set by the manager of our branch office in the south, Pauline Swindells, was won by Alan and Jayne Coombe. Other all-correct answers came from Moya, Pierre and Geoff Howlett. John Hetherington did not win any extra points for providing Pauline with the entire lyrics of Poor Me. Try singing it to her, John.
Pauline very kindly donated an excellent double CD, Heartbeat, The 60s Gold Collection, as a prize.
Here are the questions and answers:
1 What was Venus wearing,
according to Mark Wynter in 1962? BLUE JEANS.
1 November 02
In the middle are two of England's greatest cricketers, Godfrey Evans and Dennis Compton. But who were they coaching?
We had lots of answers, but the clue is in the name of the game.
The mystery pupil is Buddy Holly.
It took almost two days for me to receive the first correct answer, from John Loaring, on 14 July, but after that the puzzle was solved by Pauline Swindells, Michele/John Bromley, Dave Oram and Sarah Melvin.
There were far fewer guesses for this question:
I bought a copy of The Routers' Let's Go in 1962, helping it to number 32 in the hit parade.
I didn't buy Sandy Nelson's Let There Be Drums the previous year or the Walker Brothers' Make It Easy On Yourself three years later.
What's the connection between the three records?
Sarah Melvin provided the only correct answer: John Walker was a bass player, who played on Let There Be Drums and Let's Go.
HAVE A WORD
For April's competition, I asked you to find the titles of 19 number 1 hits from a list of jumbled words.
poor bear man's clown three please I only now you in back wooden moon rebound you're I know climb tell tonight motion me mountain me running a to ask my cathy's steps tease every walk or old don't laura lonely it's don't well on heart blue dustman heaven love the never poetry are right driving you her lonesome the crazy you
The first three all-correct answers came from John Loaring, then Mags, then someone who missed the 60s by more than 17 years, Louise Whitehouse.
not going to list the answers - it isn't difficult, and it might provide someone
with a diversion.
Ridiculously difficult, wasn't it? Sorry about that. Congratulations to John Hetherington on identifying eight of the ten. Answers at the bottom.
All you have to do for the competition for March, 2002, is identify 10 of Billy's hits.
There's a 30-second snatch of each, so that shouldn't be too difficult, should it?
What does make it slightly tricky is that they occupy only 75 seconds between them. You'll see what I mean.
No prizes this time, except for the honour of being named as one of the people who got them all correct.
This is a Real Audio file, but you can download it to your computer, so that you have to be on line to play it. Just right click this link and choose Save Target As, taking note of the location to which you are saving it. You can then play it with a Real Audio player as often as you wish.
So when you have identified 10 tracks, just hit this link to e-mail me.
The answers are: Do You Really Love Me Too, A Thousand Stars, Halfway To Paradise, Because Of Love, I'd Never Find Another You, Last Night Was Made For Love, Like I've Never Been Gone, Be Mine Tonight, Once Upon A Dream, When Will You Say I Love You.
And the winners are...
Thanks to the generosity of certain people, there were some worthwhile prizes for this competition. Fortunately, as there were four prizes, there were only four all-correct answers. I put the names into a hat to match the winners to the prizes.
£10 HMV voucher: Pam Baguley
And the answers are...
1 What were the B-sides of...
2 What was the name of Billy's character in...
3 Who accompanied Billy on the single Don't Worry? (The Four Kestrels)
4 Give the title and year of Billy's first UK top ten entry. (Colette, 1960)
5 Which of Billy's records reached the highest point in the top ten? (Jealousy, 2)
6 What was Billy's last top ten entry? (In Thoughts Of You)
7 In May, 1983, what was Billy's last Polydor release? (Forget Him)
8 From which songs are the following taken...
9 While working in a department store in Liverpool, Billy met Margo. What was her surname? (King)
10 What was the name of the 1959 television play in which Billy sang Maybe Tomorrow? (Strictly For Sparrows)
11 Which Wotsisname film featured Because Of Love? (Girls, Girls, Girls)
12 Who was Billy's leading lady in I've Gotta Horse? (Amanda Barrie)
13 In which seaside town was the film shot? (Great Yarmouth)
14 Who wrote Halfway To Paradise? (Goffin/King)
15 What pseudonym did Billy use to stop Larry Parnes getting a share of songwriting royalties? (Wilbur Wilberforce)
Many thanks to Pauline Swindells for some excellent questions.
OUT OF LINE - AUGUST PRIZE COMPETITION
Only three people correctly identified all of the songs. The winner, drawn from a very small hat, is Tony Dancer.
A charming lady, whose name I am not allowed to mention, very generously donated a £10 HMV voucher as a prize for this competition.
To win, you needed to identify as many as possible of the songs in which these lines appear.
To help, the artists' names appear beside the songs.
For the June competition, I set some Billy trivia questions. The intelligent ones were suggested by Chris Eley and Vince Eager and I'm to blame for the rest. There wasn't a very big entry - I'm afraid that some of the questions were intimidatingly difficult. All the more credit then to our winner, Pauline Swindells, who will receive the signed copy of Ralph Alfonso's book This Is For The Night People.
The questions follow - for the answers, click here.
1 Name Billy's backing bands from 1958 to 1982. There are 10 solid answers, with one point for each answer, but I shall use some discretion on this one..
2 Name Billy's two racehorses. (2 points)
3 What was Billy's first car? (1 point for the car, 1 for the colour)
4 What were the racing colours of the first horse? (1 point)
5 Who made the original version of Wondrous Place? (1 point)
6 What is the name of Billy's brother and what is the stage name that he is now using again? (2 points)
7 Name six other artists who recorded A Thousand Stars.(6 points)
8 Name five major companies for which Billy recorded. (5 points)
9 Which group did Billy manage in 1964? (1 point)
10 Who made the origianl recording of Push Push? (1 point)
11 Who became Billy's blood brother? (1 point)
12 With which other Larry Parnes popster did Billy share a flat when he first moved to London? (1 point)
13 Who played guitar on Halfway To Paradise? (1 point)
14 Who wrote and recorded What Am I Gonna Do? Which other artist released it in a version that was virtually copied by Billy? (2 points)
15 On one of Billy's LPs, One Minute Woman is wrongly listed as what? (1 point)
16 How old was Billy on his official 21st birthday? (1 point)
17 What was the maiden name of Billy's wife? What did she adopt as her married name? (2 points)
18 Name three other artists who recorded He WIll Break Your Heart. (3 points)
ENTRIES: Please enter as often as you wish by clicking here. I shall tell you your score, without indicating where you're right or wrong. The competition closes on June 30.
And the best of British!
For the May competition, I asked you to listen to a 1986 track by The Midnights, Tribute To Billy, which consists of references to many of Billy's songs.
You had to identify as many titles, in order, as possible. This attracted only eight entries, and although a couple of people suggested 23 titles, in each case I could verify no more than 17. The greatest number of verifiable titles was 20, from Pauline Swindells, followed by 18 from another of the usual suspects, Terry Wilson.
Pauline's 20 were: Maybe Tomorrow, Margo, Magic Eyes, Halfway To Paradise, Please Don't Go, My Advice, I'm Lost Without You, Would You Stand By Me, You Don't Know, Angel Face, Wondrous Place, Baby How I Cried, Last Kiss, I'd Never Find Another You, A Thousand Stars, I'll Never Quite Get Over You, Cross My Heart, Running Around, Come Back To Me, It's You I Need.
If you'd like to check them out for yourself, to listen to the track in Real Audio, click here.
The Midnights seem to have disappeared without trace. Chris Eley once spoke to lead vocalist John Marmara, but he is no longer at the telephone number that Chris has for him. Chris believe John now lives in Dorset. I've tried to track him through 192.com, but without success.
Authorship of the tribute is credited to all of the group, John, lead guitarist Nigel Williams, Glenn Peterson (rhythm guitar and vocals), Steve Hewitt (bass guitar and vocals) and Steven Stovold (drums). The only other information that I have is that the lads come from Dagenham, Essex.
If you know anything of the group, please let me know by clicking here.
For the March 2001 competition, I asked you to tell me who was saying what in this 1960 picture.
As Vince Eager was actually there (that's him leaning nonchalantly on the jukebox) it's would be very difficult not to choose his entry - especially as it could even be true!
Vince suggests he was saying: "I didn't know Buddy Holly had a flat cap Billy!"
Among the others, my favourite was from David Tetchum - Old man: "That tall one's got his arm in my egg and chips."
From Pauline Swindells - 1 Vince: "Smile for the camera, Billy, 'cos in the new millennium a geezer called Harry whatsisname will make an internet competition out of this."
From Terry Wilson - Albert Tatlock (cap and glasses): Ee by gum...I've never seen the likes of juvenile delinquents like those two around Coronation Street.
From Sean Mitten - Here Billy, don't fancy yours much!
From Jo Laycock - Cap/glasses guy: Hey Billy! It's me, Cliff. Don't reckon much to YOUR disguise.
From David Tetchum - Little boy: "Did you knit that sweater yourself, Vince?" (David, we all had trendy sweaters like that. - Harry.)
From Terry Wilson - Vince: "Hey Billy mate, that geezer that just came in....isn't that Larry Parnes?"
From Garry Slade - Little boy: "I didn't know Roy Orbison lived around here."
From Richard James - Billy: "They've got Alma Cogan on the juke box!"
From Pauline Swindells -
No, really, Madam. Billy Fury is the one in the DARK glasses. Arthur Askey, in the national health glasses, is the one on my right!
This competition was very straightforward. Who is singing Halfway To Paradise on this Real Audio track? He first appeared on the scene in the late 1950s, and he's still with us, although one of his friends tells me that he's sufficiently well-off that he makes singing appearances only when he chooses.
LATER: Well, that didn't last long! I posted it on February 9 2001 and within six hours I had three votes for Craig Douglas and one for Lonnie Donegan. Then Terry Wilson cracked it - it's Jess Conrad, who, incidentally, has a new CD out on March 5.
When entries closed on January 1, 2001, there were more than 20 all-correct entries for the first compilation, but the first name out of the hat was fittingly the one from Del Mitchell, who sent his entry within 12 hours of the competition appearing. Del wins the T-shirt donated by Pauline Swindells. The answers are, in order:
1 Halfway To Paradise
10 I Will
If you'd like to check it out yourself, Right-click on this link and choose Save Target As and the original competition file will be downloaded to your computer, so you can play it as often as you wish without being on-line.
As this provided amusement for many people, I left it as a long-term challenge. I know that it has driven many people to distraction - they told me so. Alan Coombe, who is a valued supporter of this site, did some very impressive ground-breaking work with a highly distinguished 14 right answers.
Steve Morris appeared on the scene on January 22, identifying all but two of the tracks. He then finally cracked it two days later.
1 Glad All Over
10 Away From You
Be honest - even when you can read the answers, can you spot them all? Two Decca A-sides (15 and 16) caused the most trouble.