The SMS Trivia Question Of The Week 9 / 6…

Labor Day weekend, Southern California!

As Martha and the Vandellas sang in 1963 “It’s a “Heat Wave.” Which suggests to us that it’s time for a way cool, all new Trivia Question for Tuesday Sept. 6th! Brought to us each week by all the “Cool Heads” at Omnivore Recordings! Your singular solution for the coolest music you didn’t know, you didn’t know! But, before we dive into this week’s Trivia Quiz, we’d like to recognize all the brilliant readers who dove into last week’s question, which was: All about John Henry Ramistella! Who you know as Johnny Rivers! First in with all the right answers was Charter Member SMS Super Genius Mr. Steve Winogradsky! Followed closely by Fast Freddy Vogel! With Mr. Jeff Conroy hot on his heels! Mr. Simon Craddock dropped in, but missed the question! But hang in there Simon there’s a brand new question just below. Well done gents!

Yes! It’s time for this week’s new Trivia Question for 9 / 6…  This week’s Trivia Quiz is a lyrical question!

Check out this lyric from 1968 by one of the coolest Singer / Songwriters  from the 60’s and beyond!

“Broken windows and empty hall ways”

“Pale dead moon in the skies streaked with grey”

“Human kindness is overflowing”


As usual, we’ll need the title of the song that features these very visual lyrics ? Furthermore, we need the name of the unique and diverse Singer /  Songwriter / Satirist who wrote and recorded this 60’s classic  ? Additionally give us the titles to at least three more hits written by this great artist! Lastly give us the titles to at least three Feature films where he composed the film’s score ? Wrapping up, give us the title to his debut album, released in 1968 ?

In sweltering summary, here’s what we need:

1) Give us the title to the 60’s classic that includes the lyric we posted above ?

2) Give us the name of the uniquely talented Singer / Songwriter / Composer who wrote this 60’s gem ?

3) Give us the titles at least three more hits (Including cover recordings) from this prolific and diverse talent ?

4) Give us the titles to at least three feature films that include his work as Composer of the film’s Score ?

5) Finally Give us the title of his debut album from 1968 ?

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  1. I thinks. It. Going to. Rain. Today. 2 randy. Newman. 3. Short. People. Let’s. Drop. The. Big. One. 3. Alabama

  2. Finally, a question I can deal with. “I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today.” Love it! Written by Randy Newman. He also wrote “I Love LA”, “Sail Away,” and “Short People”(to which I took offense being of petite stature myself). He wrote the scores for “Toy Story 1 & 2” and “A Marriage Story.” Alas, I have no idea about his first album. I could search it but that would be cheating.

    • Denise!
      Well, as another great 60’s Singer / Songwriter once sang “Hallelujah” we finally roped you in!! And you nailed it! As far as not knowing the title to Randy’s debut album, the sad truth is almost nobody knows the record, even back in 1968 upon it’s release! Word was, it was certified “Lead” as opposed to “Gold” or “Platinum”
      Thanx, we hope to see you return next week!

  3. “I Think it’s Gonna Rain Today”
    Randy Newman
    Short People, I Love LA, Sail Away
    Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc
    Randy Newman

    • Hey Jeff,
      Great Job…Natch and all the right answers, however “Fast Freddie did great you by only 16 minutes!
      Hope we see you back next Tuesday!

  4. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today
    Randy Newman
    Sail Away, Short People, Louisiana 1927
    Toy Story, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers
    Randy Newman

    • Hey Fred!
      Does “First in with all the right answers” sound familiar? It should! You’ve been making that play for many years now!
      Congrats Amigo, we hope we keep seeing you “First In” etc. for years to come!

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