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Easy

What was Jimi Hendrix's real name?

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Answer: James Marshall Hendrix

Hard

The Chainsmokers' and Halsey's 2016 track "Closer" was inspired by another song by which 1990's rock band?

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Answer: Blink-182
According to the Chainsmokers', their hit "Closer" with Halsey was inspired by Blink-182's "I Miss You" (2004), with Halsey actually giving a shoutout to Blink-during the lyrics of the song.

Hard

Which Italian Baroque composer claimed to have gotten inspiration for a sonata from the devil himself?

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Answer: Giuseppe Tartini
According to Giuseppe Tartini, he got the inspiration for the "Devil's Trill Sonata" (1770) when Lucifer himself, playing a violin, visited him during a dream.

Hard

Which pop musician was deported from Japan in the 1980's for possession of marijuana?

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Answer: Paul McCartney
In 1980, Paul McCartney visited Japan for the first time since 1966. What was intended to be an 11-city concert tour instead turned into the singer spending nine days in detention due to arriving in the Land of the Rising Sun with almost a pound of herb.

Medium

"Rivers of Babylon" is a hit song sung by which outstanding musical group?

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Answer: Boney M.
Though originally sung by reggae group the Melodians in 1970, it was Boney M.'s rendition of "Rivers of Babylon" which became a hit, especially in the UK where it is one of top-10 selling singles of all-time.

VeryHard

Which of George Frideric Handel's coronation anthems has been sung at the coronation of every British monarch since 1727?

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Answer: "Zadok the Priest"
Originally composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727, "Zadok the Priest", based on the anointing of Solomon as king in the Biblical book of 1 Kings, has been recited at the coronation of every British monarch since.

Medium

Kenneth Edmonds is the legal name of which prominent music artist?

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Answer: Babyface
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds decades of putting forth hit music as a singer, songwriter and producer has earned him over 10 Grammy Awards.

Medium

John Cage's "As Slow as Possible" (1987), a musical piece that began in 2001, is scheduled to end after how many years?

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Answer: 639
The organ version of "As Slow as Possible" began at St. Burckhardt's church in Germany during 2001 and is scheduled to conclude in 2640, thus making it 639 years in duration.

Hard

Which famous classical composer is said to have uttered the word "Mozart" with his dying breath?

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Answer: Gustav Mahler
According to legend, when famed Austro-Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler passed away on 18 May 1911 in Vienna, one of the very last (if not last) words recorded from his lips was "Mozart", with the works of Mozart being highly influential in the development of his career.



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