Tuesday, August 9, 2011


This week, we're goin' to jail. OK, don't panic. It's only the trivia quiz questions. And since it's still summer in the northern hemisphere anyway, we'll make it kinda easy, with a multiple choice. So the questions will be about music celebrities who've been to the big house...or the little house...or just a room with bars. And we're not just talking DUI here, some of the crimes committed were, as Larry David, creator and star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" might say..."pretty, pretty, big". I've purposely not given a lot of clues, so take your best guess.


1. This legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member served several years in prison for transporting a minor over state lines in 1959...a 'berry' serious charge. So was it a. James Brown b. Jerry Lee Lewis or c. Chuck Berry?

2. This country legend was in San Quentin prison after an attempted burglery of a Bakersfield, California bar. Was he:
a. George Jones b. Merle Haggard or c. Buck Owens?

3. Another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was convicted of illegal possession of drugs and firearms and with assault with intent to murder in 1988. Was it: a. James Brown b. Jerry Lee Lewis or c. Sam Cooke?

4. He's a little bit country, but a whole lot of rock'n'roll. This Hall of Famer was arrested for narcotics possession in 1979 and once shot his bass player (he lived). He was involved in several other gun related incidents, but still found the time to marry 7 times. Was he: a. Jerry Reed b. Jerry Lee Lewis or c. Steve Earle?

5. And yet another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was charged with 'lewd and lascivious behavior' in the state of Florida in 1969. He later left the country. Was it: a. Jimmy Page b. Jimi Hendrix or c. Jim Morrison?


1. C'mon, I practically gave this one to you. The answer is c. Chuck Berry, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and received Kennedy Center Honours in 2000. Chuck had already been awarded a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1984.

2. b. Merle Haggard is the correct answer. Merle was pardoned in 1972 by then California Governor, and later President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. The Hag received his Kennedy Center Honors just last year, along with Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey and several others.

3. That would be the Godfather of Soul, the hardest working man in Show Business, Mr. Dynamite himself...a. James Brown.
Brown was released from prison in 1991 and in 2003, he was pardoned for all past crimes committed in South Carolina by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. James Brown was one of the first inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and died on December 25, 2006.

4. Come on, could it be anyone but b. Jerry Lee Lewis? Lewis was part of the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1986. In 1989, a movie based on Jerry Lee's life called "Great Balls Of Fire" was released with Dennis Quaid in the role of 'The Killer' (Jerry's nick name since childhood).

5. c. Jim Morrison was charged with 'lewd and lascivious behavior' for supposedly exposing his genitals on stage during a 1969 Miami concert. Jim moved to Paris in March of 1971 and died there on July 3 that same year. He's buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Jim Morrison was 27 years old when he died.

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