Music Quiz: Last Last Last #2

Welcome back! Last week, quite a few people managed to score 21/21 in the Last Last Last #3 quiz, but Rich Kamerman was fastest.

It’s more of the same this week, with Last Last Last #2. Your challenge is to identify an artist by a portmanteau of the last words of three of their songs.

My favourite triple threat this week was “Eighteen Babies Bleed”. What was yours? I scored 21/21 with 3:12 remaining.

Deaths of influential people from the peak era of rock have been coming thick and fast recently. It’s no surprise some slip through the cracks, but I’ve barely seen a mention of songwriter Cynthia Weil. As I noted in a six-month-old post, along with her husband Barry Mann, she wrote a diverse range of 1960s hits like The Animals’ ‘We Gotta Get Outta This Place’, Paul Revere & the Raiders’ ‘Kicks’, and The Drifters’ ‘On Broadway’. The Righteous Brothers’ ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”, written with Phil Spector, is the most-played song of the 20th century. Impressively, given their career in showbiz, Mann and Weil maintained a 60-year marriage.

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  1. 21/21 1:28 left. Yeah! I know someone will beat my time, but it felt good to guess all and with no wrong guesses to boot! Will go back and see favorite combo and post it.

  2. I’m pleased to find out that I was the winner of last week’s quiz. Today is my birthday and I was hoping to make it two weeks in a row, but although I got 21/21, my timing (2:26 left on the clock) will likely not be good enough. Still a lot of fun.

    • Not a fan of Aerosmith or Van Halen? I’m not huge on either but i like the David Lee Roth era of Van Halen.

  3. I have dabbled in a little bit of Van Halen recently but Aerosmith have never touched my radar. Maybe it’s time to dip my fingers. My problem is if I start listening to an artist I then feel that I need to review their entire back catalogue!

  4. SCORE
    02:12 One one I didn’t know and I saved it for last.
    I’ve seen those songwriters listed on a lot of songs.

    • Mann/Weil didn’t have as many good ones as all the other Brill Building guys but the ones they did were great. The Animals one and On Broadway are my favorites, and Walking in the Rain. Another one which they didn’t mention is Uptown. I never really liked You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling that much though. I don’t know why.

      • Interestingly, the Tony Awards the other night used ‘On Broadway’ as part of the opening number. And then later they showed Weil as part of the In Memoriam. Perhaps if there was no Writers’ Strike, the linkage might have been made by some enterprising writer. Can’t say.

        • I thought the writer’s strike was in Hollywood. Is it on Broadway too? I would just let them stay on strike forever, or just fire them all anyway, with all the shit movies they’ve been writing the last few years.

        • I would put a bunch in the top tier, but there’s not just one who I would say is the number one. But I would say these ones besides Goffin- King, not in any order at all

          Ellie Greenwich – Jeff Barry
          Burt Bacharach – Hal David
          Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
          Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
          Neil Diamond
          Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller

          • Does Diamond have a significant body of work as a songwriter – I can only think of a couple of Monkees tunes.

          • Not really. But I was counting his songs that he recorded himself in the early days. It still wasn’t a real lot, so I was kind of putting quality over quantity. Ha ha

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