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And now, the moment you've all been waiting for--the answers to last week's Grammy challenge ("Quiz Show," February 13).
1. B: Elvis Costello lost the 1978 Best New Artist prize to A Taste of Honey, best known for the timeless single "Boogie Oogie Oogie." The quartet reached number three on the charts with a remake of "Sukiyaki" in 1981, then disappeared from the face of the earth.
2. A: Jack Jones, touted by his handlers as the "Sinatra of the Sixties," earned the Grammy for Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male, in 1961 for "Lollipops and Roses."
3. B: The name of the group Milli Vanilli, which was stripped of its 1989 Best New Artist Grammy when it was learned that neither of its members did his own singing, means "positive energy" in Turkish. Makes sense to me.
5. D: Mason Williams, a onetime writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, won three Grammys in 1968 for "Classical Gas." Really.
7. B: Kris Kristofferson won the Best Country Song Grammy in 1971 for penning the hit "Help Me Make It Through the Night."
8. D: Richard Pryor's Bicentennial Nigger--easily the best comedy recording I've ever heard--deserved to receive the Best Comedy Recording Grammy in 1976. Surprisingly enough, it did.
9. C: The Edge did not thank Michael Collins while accepting a 1987 Grammy for his band, U2. He did, however, tip his hat to Walt Disney, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Morris the Cat, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King, Bishop Tutu, John the Baptist, Flannery O'Connor, Batman and Robin, and Ronald Reagan.
10. A: The Oak Ridge Boys picked up the Best Gospel Performance, Traditional, bauble for "Have a Little Talk With Jesus" in 1977. Perhaps the Grammy voters should have had a little talk with their shrinks.
11. A: Artist Robert Rauschenberg received the Best Album Package Grammy in 1983 for the limited-edition version of Speaking in Tongues, by Talking Heads. Rauschenberg's creation, which included movable translucent plastic discs on either side of the platter's container, has become a sought-after collector's item. You can't have mine.
14. C: The Police were given the 1981 Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy for "Behind My Camel." Poor Frank Zappa wasn't even nominated.
15. C: The subtitle of "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu," winner of the Record of the Year Grammy in 1958, is "Volare." It was sung by your favorite entertainer and mine, Domenico Modugno.
16. B: According to our Grammy friends, the Best Rock & Roll Recording of 1962 was "Alley Cat," by Bent Fabric. As if you didn't know.
17. D: A Hard Day's Night may have been a pretty good soundtrack, but it lost the 1964 Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Show Grammy to Mary Poppins. Tish-tosh.
19. A: David Houston figured in three of the four country categories at the 1966 awards ceremony. He accepted salutes for Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Male--and his hit, "Almost Persuaded," was dubbed Best Country & Western Song. (Songwriter Billy Sherrill took that honor home.) No, I don't remember Houston, either.
20. C: As of 1991, at least twenty Grammys had been bestowed upon Sir Georg Solti, Quincy Jones and Henry Mancini. As for Bing Crosby, he'd gotten zip--although he did attain a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
22. C: Can't Slow Down, by Lionel Richie, was voted 1984's Album of the Year. I'm sure nothing else even came close.
23. C: Return of the Jedi lost the Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special Grammy in 1983 to something far superior: Flashdance.
25. D: Debbie Boone told interviewers that she sang her 1977 smash "You Light Up My Life" to God. I'm sure He appreciated it.
The contest's winner was Dan Province, from Arvada, who will receive the four-CD set Grammy's Greatest Moments for correctly answering all of the 25 questions enumerated above. Thanks to everyone else who played.
By the way, those of you interested in watching this year's Grammys in the company of people likely to groan when statuettes for Celine Dion start piling up can head to the Bluebird Theater, where the Wednesday, February 26, broadcast will be aired on the venue's big screen. But Bluebird co-owner Evan Dechtman is just as interested in hyping an event set for Thursday, February 20. "It's called 'Zoot Suit,'" he says, "and we're trying to capture the original time of the mambos, ballroom dancing, swing dancing, jump-swing and all the other music that's so in vogue. Two groups, the Savoy Orchestra and Club Tropicale, will be offering up sounds, and a prize will be awarded for the best costume. The Mercury Cafe has been offering dances of this type for quite a while now, and their growing success no doubt inspired "Zoot Suit." But Dechtman, who hopes the bash will lead to a regular series of spectacles, is obviously a genuine fan of the music. "It's been a lot of fun to plan," he says.
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