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Dimebag22
03-24-2008, 12:57 AM
I thought that this could be a cool way to learn new and interesting things about your favourite artists and bluesmen! :)

So basically, one person asks a question about a blues and/or jazz artist (they should already know the answer to the question :p: ) and then the next poster answers it. If no one tells you if it is right or wrong within a window of 30 minutes, anyone can post a new question. If it is wrong, the original poster should tell the correct answer.

I have no idea if that made any sense at all :p:

But yeah, I'll start us off with an easy one.

Why does BB King name his guitars "Lucille"? The most famous one being his Gibson ES 355.

CraigKing
03-24-2008, 01:04 AM
After his gf/ or wife i think?

CraigKing
03-24-2008, 01:07 AM
"Lucille

One of his trademarks is "Lucille", the name he has given to his guitars since the 1950s after he escaped a fire at a juke joint he was playing in. The fire was started by two men who were fighting over a woman named "Lucille". During their fight, they knocked over the bucket of burning kerosene used for heat. When King escaped the building, he realized that he had left his guitar in the burning building. He ran back inside to get it and after learning of what happened, he named his guitar "Lucille" to remind himself not to do it again." @ Wiki.

bleh, close.

Dimebag22
03-24-2008, 01:09 AM
:haha Yeah, in the song "Lucille" he actually tells the story, and this is how it goes:

The way, the way I came by the name of Lucille, I was
over in Twist, Arkansas, I know you've never heard of
that one, have you? And one night the guys started a
ball over there, you know, they started brawling, you
know what I mean. And the guy that was mad with his
old lady, when she fell over on this gas tank that was
burning for heat, the gas ran all over the floor.

And when the gas ran all over the floor, the building
caught on fire, and almost burned me up trying to save
Lucille. Oh I, I imagine you're still wondering why I
call it Lucille, the lady that started that brawl that
night was named Lucille.

Now you can ask a question if you want.

imgooley
03-24-2008, 01:46 AM
Half an hour means it's open

What guitar was John Lee Hooker's main axe during the sixties?

Bonus: What kind of pups were they?

Dimebag22
03-24-2008, 02:01 AM
Was it his Epiphone Sheraton?

imgooley
03-24-2008, 02:07 AM
Was it his Epiphone Sheraton?
And the bonus questioin? (that is right btw)

Dimebag22
03-24-2008, 02:14 AM
His Signature guitar has Alnico Classic's so I'm gonna go with that.

TheDev01dOne
03-24-2008, 02:17 AM
I would think this thread would work better and be a more cohesive read if we just post interesting things we've found/read/heard whatever instead of asking questions and having to look through for answers? Just a thought..

imgooley
03-24-2008, 02:18 AM
Yeah his signature Sheraton has mini alnico buckers, but he used P-90s back in the day

j_hunter_hkr
03-24-2008, 02:37 PM
Hound Dog Taylor was born with 5 fingers and a thumb on each hand.

imgooley
03-24-2008, 02:46 PM
Uh...... Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil?

ze monsta
03-24-2008, 02:54 PM
That legend was spread by Son House, in the 60's I believe. Before that there was no real mention of it, however, before then Son House hadn't seen attention from anybody for 20 or so years.

aetherspear
03-24-2008, 04:14 PM
Hound Dog Taylor was born with 5 fingers and a thumb on each hand.

And He cut one off when he was drunk.

j_hunter_hkr
03-24-2008, 04:53 PM
And He cut one off when he was drunk.


Ouch! I didn't know that bit! He must have been impressively drunk to cut off one of his stumpy fingers!

imgooley
03-24-2008, 08:26 PM
Blind Willie Johnson was blinded after his mother threw lye in his eyes because his father had beaten her.

Carswell98
03-24-2008, 08:33 PM
this isn't really trivia :mad:

so I'll do one

what quirk of Freddie Kings allowed him to accidentally achieve massive success with the song Hideaway, as he didn't originally believe it would be very successful?

imgooley
03-24-2008, 08:54 PM
his love for the chicago night life?

Carswell98
03-24-2008, 09:39 PM
his love for the chicago night life?

I'll give you a hint,

it was because he always released singles in a particular way

GD_GC
03-24-2008, 10:25 PM
I have no idea, I'm looking forward to hearing the answer.

Carswell98
03-25-2008, 12:03 AM
ok, I'll just tell you

Freddie King always released his singles with a vocal A side and instrumental B side, Hideaway was released as the B side of "I love the Woman" with every intention being that "I love the Woman" would be a hit and not Hideaway, but DJ's liked Hideaway more and so played it more often, so the initial success of it was just because he released the singles in that format.

ok an easier one

what is SRV's white stratocaster called, who is it named for, and what is peculiar about it?

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 12:06 AM
Oh man, I know this one!!! Shit I have no idea.

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 12:07 AM
I do know that it has a different kind of pickups, if this is the guitar I'm thinking of.

Dimebag22
03-25-2008, 12:10 AM
It's the Charley Stratocaster.

One of Stevie's friends owned a guitar shop and he built SRV this Strat with all guitar parts from his shop right?

Carswell98
03-25-2008, 12:37 AM
^ yeah you two got it together :p:

Charley was named for the man that built it, and died while SRV was still alive, the song "Life Without you" is also about Charley

the guitar had lipstick pups from a danelectro, giving it an exceptionally glassy tone

so, Dime or GD_GC either of you can make the next question.

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 12:42 AM
What song did SRV love as a child growing up and learning guitar that he eventually got to play with ZZ Top? That question is kind of vauge, a hint is that it is still played by ZZ Top live.

Dimebag22
03-25-2008, 12:45 AM
This is a wild guess... La Grange?

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 12:50 AM
Nope, it isn't a ZZ Top song, it was some obscure local blues artists song I think. But ZZ Top still plays it.

imgooley
03-25-2008, 05:53 AM
Uh...no clue

theneildeal
03-25-2008, 07:57 AM
Sloppy Drunk by Jimmy Rogers

ze monsta
03-25-2008, 09:35 AM
Blind Willie Johnson was blinded after his mother threw lye in his eyes because his father had beaten her.

Nope, his step-mother through lye in his eyes because he caught his father with another woman.

imgooley
03-25-2008, 10:06 AM
Nope, his step-mother through lye in his eyes because he caught his father with another woman.
Well that is just as good....

Dammit I have to rewatch The Blues by Martin Scorsese again. :gunsfirin

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 12:10 PM
Alright, its Thunderbird, and old song that ZZ Top still plays. It was SRV's favorite as a kid.

imgooley
03-25-2008, 12:11 PM
Go again GD

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 12:13 PM
Umm why did SRV write Lenny? (hint: its more than just "for his wife.")

theneildeal
03-25-2008, 12:43 PM
for his wife buying him the guitar for his birthday

ze monsta
03-25-2008, 12:54 PM
Look what I found :haha

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=360265

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 01:22 PM
Look what I found :haha

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=360265

:haha that's really old.

And Neil, no. Should I give the answer or should we let other people guess?

sLaShRoCks1314
03-25-2008, 10:44 PM
Umm why did SRV write Lenny? (hint: its more than just "for his wife.")

when he was still struggling to get fame... he saw a brand new american strat in the window at his local guitar shop. knowing that he wouldn't be able to scrap the money together to get it, his wife and her friends all pitched in money and got it for him on his birthday

I'm pretty sure he wrote Lenny that night for her

GD_GC
03-25-2008, 11:59 PM
Nah, ill just tell you. (According to his bio), Lenny was upset because she thought "Pride and Joy" was written for an ex girlfriend. So SRV wrote her Lenny that night at her bedside to make up for it.

Dimebag22
03-26-2008, 12:24 AM
^Really? Because on the Guitar Center story about Lenny. "A Love Story" they call it. It says that he wrote it the very same night he got the guitar... unless I read it wrong.

imgooley
03-26-2008, 12:25 AM
Look what I found :haha

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=360265
:haha


That is hilarious.

I am taking the next turn.

What is a Mojo Hand?

GD_GC
03-26-2008, 12:26 AM
^Really? Because on the Guitar Center story about Lenny. "A Love Story" they call it. It says that he wrote it the very same night he got the guitar... unless I read it wrong.

Hmm yeah I'm pretty sure that's what I read in his biography. But I have also heard about hte guitar thing, now that it has been mentioned. So I really don't know. You should definently give his bio a read though, what a great book.

Dimebag22
03-26-2008, 12:32 AM
Hmm yeah I'm pretty sure that's what I read in his biography. But I have also heard about hte guitar thing, now that it has been mentioned. So I really don't know. You should definently give his bio a read though, what a great book.
Nice man, sounds awesome. What's it called?

GD_GC
03-26-2008, 12:34 AM
Caught in the Crossfire, one of the best books I've ever read.

imgooley
03-26-2008, 12:55 AM
Hello???? I just asked a trivia question.

sLaShRoCks1314
03-26-2008, 02:05 AM
Nah, ill just tell you. (According to his bio), Lenny was upset because she thought "Pride and Joy" was written for an ex girlfriend. So SRV wrote her Lenny that night at her bedside to make up for it.

haha really
i heard the other story from a guitar center mag did you hear that from his bio?

ze monsta
03-26-2008, 08:19 AM
What is a Mojo Hand?

As in Lightnin' Hopkins?
I believe it's something to do with hoodoo. Which is like voodoo I guess.
I think it's like some kinda black magic potion of sommit. So basically, coz she's not obeying him and arguing and fightin' and the like, he wants to get some Mojo Hand so that she will "come under command".

I love that song.

MONSTA EDIT:

Oh and I thought I'd share an interesting fact:

Blind Lemon Jefferson had 2 cars and a chauffeur! He was also rumoured to earn upto 150 bucks a day! I guess even by nowadays standards that's quite a lot?

@ Goolz: about Blind Willie Johnson, I read last night that some of his friends said he was blinded by his step mother after she through lye water at his face (to blind him) because his father had beaten her for finding her with another man.

ze monsta
03-26-2008, 09:40 AM
New trivia question:

Who showed Joe Bonamassa how to use iTunes?

theneildeal
03-26-2008, 10:48 AM
Steve Jobs?

ze monsta
03-26-2008, 11:17 AM
Nope.

ze monsta
03-26-2008, 02:38 PM
The answer, because I don't think anyone's gonna get it is......

BB King!

Carswell98
03-26-2008, 06:47 PM
The answer, because I don't think anyone's gonna get it is......

BB King!

wow :haha

now that is an interesting bit of trivia

sLaShRoCks1314
03-26-2008, 09:17 PM
now i guess we need another question
guess who I'm describing

I started playing guitar when i was seven
I originally wanted to drums but a guitar was given to me
I first wanted to learn twelve bar blues
My first band that recorded was Paul Ray and the Cobras
I died in a heli crash
I have a signature guitar that i played

should be easy :)

Dimebag22
03-26-2008, 09:26 PM
Errr.... um, toughie!


Stevie Ray Vaughan :p:

He actually started to play guitar because of his brother. :)


What RJ song contains the only recorded guitar solo by himself?

imgooley
03-26-2008, 09:40 PM
Crossroad Blues?

GD_GC
03-26-2008, 11:51 PM
Errr.... um, toughie!


Stevie Ray Vaughan :p:

He actually started to play guitar because of his brother. :)


What RJ song contains the only recorded guitar solo by himself?

Hmm I was actually wondering today if any of songs had solos. I recently bought his entire catolouge and I haven't had time to listen to it all yet, but yeah I haven't noticed any solos.

Dimebag22
03-27-2008, 12:30 AM
It's actually Kindhearted Woman Blues. :)

Someone can have another go.

imgooley
03-27-2008, 02:32 AM
I'll go.........

What was the name of the Juke Joint that Junior Kimbrough owned, what city was it in, and what happened to it?

Dimebag22
03-31-2008, 12:42 AM
It was called Junior's Place in Chulahoma, Mississippi.

I believe it caught fire...

imgooley
03-31-2008, 02:07 AM
It was called Junior's Place in Chulahoma, Mississippi.

I believe it caught fire...
Good job son.

ze monsta
05-11-2008, 03:08 PM
Yes, I've gone done just that. :p: Resurrected this thread from the depths of obscurity, and brought it back to the top. :haha

What other instruments is Robert Johnson said to have played?

Hint: Son House told Alan Lomax this.

gopherthegreat
05-11-2008, 04:31 PM
ummm.....harmonica?

ze monsta
05-13-2008, 03:44 PM
Yesh.
House said that when Johnson came back from the 2 years or so that he hadn't seen Robert, that he had a sharp suit, a nice guitar and a belt full of harps.

Underjoggle
05-15-2008, 06:05 PM
What about jazz?

What was the name of the album released by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that was based off of strange time signatures?

MrBlues
05-16-2008, 03:58 AM
Time out

Underjoggle
05-16-2008, 08:13 AM
Time out
Hooray!
But that was an easy one.

When Dizzy Gillespie was hit by a car, what note couldn't he hit afterwards?

meh!
05-16-2008, 08:47 AM
B flat above High C!

:D :D:D

(I bet that stories actually bollocks, lol)

Staying on Dizzy:

Which fellow trumpeter did Dizzy want as head of CIA when he ran for president and what did he want to rename the white house? :p:

Underjoggle
05-16-2008, 07:10 PM
Miles Davis would be head of the CIA, and it would be renamed "The Blues House".

Semi-jazz related:
In an episode of Sealab 2021, what beverage was Captain Murphy going to get when he went to the jazz-themed vending machine he eventually got himself trapped under?

gopherthegreat
05-16-2008, 08:39 PM
thats a good question

i have no idea

imgooley
05-30-2008, 01:54 AM
No Clue.


Anyway, keeping in Jazz, How did Clifford Brown die?

MrBlues
05-30-2008, 04:35 AM
Fellow band members wife ran off the road, so car crash

meh!
05-30-2008, 10:32 AM
(need to ask a question)

MrBlues
05-30-2008, 10:06 PM
Ok i got a easy one...

when was Buddy Guy inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and by whom?

Dimebag22
07-01-2008, 07:05 PM
Eric Clapton and B.B. King?

Bump....!

Punk_Ninja
07-02-2008, 12:56 PM
Not a question but a nice piece of Rory Gallagher related trivia:

He actually had HUNDREDS of pedals, this was due to him constantly hating (thus changing) his tone, he always wanted to better himself.
This came from the Brother of Gallagher himself ;)

Unfortunately I thought that the 74-75 tone was the best, he didn't need to keep cranking the gain but it's all good.

Dimebag22
07-02-2008, 01:15 PM
^ That's like me. :( I have a perfect tone and then I go and ruin it by trying to make it better :p:
I actually own like 10 or so pedals. But now I gotta write down the EQ when I find a good tone so when I fuck it up, I can change it back :haha