Has anyone ever
written a song about you? No? Us neither!
From the descriptions below, can you
identify the people who have been immortalised in song?
the actor, born on 17 August 1943 in New York, who was waiting, talking
Italian, for Bananarama in 1984.
the founder of South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement, whose death from
head injuries suffered whilst in police custody made him an international
martyr for South African black nationalism, was the subject of a Peter Gabriel
song in 1980?
on 2 April 1725 in Venice, Italy, who was the ecclesiastic, writer, soldier,
spy and diplomatist, chiefly remembered as the man who made his name
synonymous with "libertine", who gave his name to a Petula Clark
U.K. hit in 1963?
Morrison's tribute to which legendary soul singer, born on 9 June 1934 in
Detroit, Michigan, was included on Morrison's 1972 album "St. Dominic's
Scottish-born American audiologist, born on 3 March 1847 in Edinburgh, was the
eponymous "hero" of a 1971 U.K. Top 40 hit for the glam-pop group
Dick Holler's much-covered martyr memorial song "Abraham, Martin and
John", a U.K. hit in 1970 for Marvin Gaye, who is the fourth assassinated
politician mentioned in the lyric but not in the title?
on 8 February 1931 in Marion, Indiana, which actor enshrined as a symbol of
the confused, restless and idealistic youth of the 1950s, was the subject of a
song on the 1974 Eagles' album "On The Border"?
called Grigory Yefimovich Novykh, who was the Siberian peasant and mystic
whose ability to improve the condition of Aleksey Nikolayevich, the
haemophiliac heir to the Russian throne, made him an influential favourite at
the court of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, and, in 1978 the title
of a U.K. hit record for Boney M?
was the American comedian, born in 1925, who gained notoriety for flouting the
bounds of respectability with his humour, was imprisoned for obscenity in
1961, died following an accidental drugs overdose in 1966, and was the subject
of a track on Bob Dylan's 1981 album "Shot of Love"?
the brackets of the title of Scritti Politti's 1984 U.K. Top 10 hit record
"Wood Beez (.....)", who is the American soul singer whom the group
1963 U.K. Top 20 instrumental hit by The Shadows was named after the Bedonkohe
Apache leader of the Chiricahua Apache, who led his people's defence of their
homeland against the military might of the United States?
Who was the subject of The Sex Pistols' U.K. hit record that reached No.
2 in the charts in June 1977?
on 30 March 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands, who, generally considered to be the
greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, was the subject of a Don Mclean 1972
U.K. hit record?
Name the actress, born on 5 April 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, whose
eyes were featured in the title of Kim Carnes' 1981 U.K. Top 10 hit record.
were the subjects of the Mitch Murray and Peter Callender song that, in 1968,
was to become Georgie Fame's third U.K. chart topper?
German-American physicist, who developed the special and general theories of
relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, for his explanation of
the photo-electric effect, was mentioned in the title of Landscape's only U.K.
Top 10 hit record?
as the Maid of Orleans, which French saint, canonised on 16 May 1920, was the
subject of a 1981 U.K. hit record by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark?
Name the British actor, born in 1933, who made a guest appearance on the
1984 U.K. hit record by Madness which bears his name.
was the American frontiersman and politician, born on 17 August 1786 in
eastern Tennessee, whose life was described in a ballad which was a U.K. Top
30 hit in 1956 for (1) Max Bygraves, (2) Tennessee Ernie Ford, (3) Bill Hayes
and (4) Dick James?
Once described by Bob Dylan as "America's greatest living
poet", who was the subject of a Motown-tinged tribute song by ABC in
Name the Austrian composer, born on 27 January 1756 in Salzburg, who was
the inspiration for Austrian singer Falco's only U.K. No. 1 hit record.
was the South African black nationalist and statesman, the subject of a U.K.
hit record in 1984 for Special A.K.A., whose long imprisonment (1962-90) and
subsequent ascension to the presidency (1994) symbolised the aspirations of
South Africa's black majority?
Which king of England is mentioned in Herman's Hermits' U.S. chart-topper of
1965 , a revision of a 1911 music-hall song, which was extracted from
their album "Herman's Hermits on Tour"?
on 9 September 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, which soul singer is mentioned in the
title of a 1993 U.K. hit record by Paul Young?
Who was the Swedish-born American songwriter and organiser for the
Industrial Workers of the World, whose execution for an alleged robbery-murder
made him a martyr and whose life was depicted on a track on American
singer-songwriter Phil Ochs' 1968 album "Tape from California"?
Name the actor, born in Winterset, Iowa, who, according to Haysi
Fantayzee's 1982 U.K. hit single "Is Big Leggy".
member of The Beatles was mentioned in the title of the first stereo single
release by the group, and, as it transpired, its last U.K. No. 1 single?
What was the full name of Rocket Records' motorcycle
messenger boy, who died in an accident at the age of seventeen, and to whom
Elton John dedicated his 1978 instrumental U.K. hit single?
was the American cavalry officer, born on 5 December 1839 in New Rumley, Ohio,
mentioned in the title of British comedian Charlie Drake's 1960 U.K. hit
In Kirsty MacColl's 1981 U.K. hit single, who did the guy who worked
down the chip shop swear he was?
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