The SMS Trivia Question Of The Week!

YES!  It’s Trivia Tuesday for October 16th. But first, our weekly “attaboys” or “attagirls” go out to only three readers who correctly answered last week’s question which was “Give us the full names of these 3 famous sets of twins”

1) The Nerk Twins

2) The Glimmer Twins

3) The Gibb Twins

And the correct answers are:

1) John Lennon and Paul McCartney

2) Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

3) Robin and Maurice Gibb

Big SMS “ WELL DONES “go out to three brilliant readers who “Doubled down” on last week’s triplet Question about Twins!  Sizzling Steve Winogradsky for being first in with the correct answer, followed closely by Joltin John Zambetti and then, just under the wire Rockin  Ron wood grabbed the third place trophy!

And now, time for this weeks question, and this week it’s another lyric question:  

According to the song,  “When it came to shootin’ straight  and fast, “HE” was mighty good”

First, we need to know who “HE” is? Then we need the title of the song and then of course the name of the artist who took this great song to number 4 in 1962 ( for our readers in Australia, the song went to number one)

Lastly as extra credit for the Super Genius’s out there; or you just feel like showing off,  Who wrote this classic?

In summary: Tell us the name of the character referred to in the lyric line “He” was mighty good” ? (Who is he?)

Tell us the title of the song ?

Tell us the name of the artist who sang it?

and extra credit if you can tell us who wrote it?




  1. IMO, “He” was Liberty Valance! “But the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood. When it came to shootin’ straight and fast, he was mighty good”, at least according to Burt Bachrach and Hal David, I think, and recorded by Gene Pitney. I don’t remember it being used in the movie?

    • Hey Jack Bigoshay,
      FINALLY somebody nailed the question! Yes, the “He” referred to in the lyric. IS Liberty Valance! Frankly we were a little surprised at how few folks picked up on the answer. However, YOU, Mr. Bigoshay, so far you are the only reader to answer the full question completely correctly! WELL DONE!
      Furthermore, you are correct, the song, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” does not appear in the movie of the same name! And here’s the story…Bacharach and David did write the song for the movie but, and get this, in the middle of Gene’s recording session Gene got a call from his manager informing him it would not be used in the Movie! YIKES! We’re impressed Gene even finished the session, ah, but the show must go on!
      Thanx Jack and Congrats for being the first ( and at this point only) reader to correctly answer this week’s question!
      R.S. @ SMS

  2. I just read the other responses and went “Oh yeah, that’s it.” I really liked the song. I didn’t realize Bachrach/David went back that far.

    • Hey Denise,
      re: Bacharach/David, they go back way before 1962, in fact in 1958 they had a number one country record by Marty Robbins with their song “The Story Of My life” and also in 1958 they had a huge hit with Perry Como with their song “Magic Moments” Which I’ll Bet you remember !
      But “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” is one of the best “Story Songs” ever written

  3. I can hear the song in my mind. I was in 5th grade I think. Maybe it will come to me in the middle of the night. I don’t get the previous question, the twins thing. Explain?

    • Hey D.
      The Twins Question is pretty forthright “The Nerk Twins is the first name Lennon and McCartney went by before they came up with The Beatles…
      The Glimmer Twins is the nom de plume Mick and Keith used as a production credit on their early albums…
      And The Gibb Twins we’re simply Robin and Maurice Gibb, The twin Bros in The Bee Gees
      The trick in this question is there is NO trick in this question!
      But! Thanx for asking
      R.S. @ SMS

  4. No wiki/google, no peeking scouts honor! THE Man who Shot Liberty Valance…Gene Pitney? Or “I Stand Accused” by Jack Ruby and the Romantics”?

    • Hey Mark,
      First…..We so appreciate you abiding by the “No Cheating” rule! Thank you!
      AND, Jack Ruby and The Romantics? HILARIOUS! Thank you! Also you got most of the question right, all that’s missing is the very first part of the question which NO ONE HAS ANSWERED! Which is ….What is the name of the character referred to as he in the lyric “When it came to shootin’ straight and fast HE was mighty good”
      Sooo, who is HE? Get that right and you’ll be the only reader to correctly answer this week’s question!
      Good on ya Mark C.
      R.S. @ SMS

  5. The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance,performed by Gene Pitney, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

    • The song is The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance,performed by Gene Pitney, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The “he” was John Wayne

      • John Wayne played Tom Doniphon

        Sorry for all the partial replies. Guess I need to read the questions slower (g)

        • Hey Steve,
          Firstly, this question was difficult to write and the lyrical subject was always confusing to us!, which is why we posted it! However if you go back and pour over the lyric, you may want to amend your last answer once more?

        • Hey Steve,
          One more thing. You are correct, in the film Tom Doniphon IS the man who shot Liberty Valance, But that is not our question!
          Please let us know if you disagree!

    • Hey Fred,
      It appears my question wasn’t clear, I’ve modified and summarized it, so please have another look!

    • Hey Rob,
      It’s a little to early to fully give up the trivia question, but I can tell you John Wayne is not any part of the correct answer!
      Have a closer read of the question…
      Thanx Rob

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