Etta James : Flo Rida’s 2011 hit, “Good Feeling”, opens with “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” from 1962

Etta James : Born in Los Angeles CA. [b.Jan.1938 d.Jan.2011] age 73
“At Last” by Etta James :
-Peak Top 40 Billboard Chart Position: # 47 in 1961
-Peak Billboard R+B Position: # 2 in 1961

-Etta James. 4-time Grammy winner.
-Inducted into 3 Halls Of Fame; Blues (Foundation), Grammy & Rock ‘n’ Roll.
-“CADILLAC RECORDS” (2008), the Etta James bio-pic, starring Beyonce Knowles.
-The hit song “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida brilliantly uses the beginning of Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” (1962). “Sometimes, I get a good feeling… that i never never never….
Her gospel “call and response” introduction is a R&B classic.
Flo Rida’s real name is Tramar Dillard from Florida (see his stage name spells…)
Here is the original record. This soul singer’s style pre-dates Aretha Franklin’s style, it is before Tina Turner, too. It is before Motown (1964 “My Guy, Mary Wells) and Stax Records (1960 “Gee Whiz” by Carla Thomas was more of a doo-wop style, than gritty R+B style, like this Etta James record)

“SOMETHING’S GOT A HOLD ON ME” by Etta James YouTube video slideshow.

‘GOOD FEELING” by Flo Rida. Official video YouTube.

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Fifth Time for Teamwork Trivia at the Little School, North Reading

E.E. Little School, North Reading. This fifth year anniversary of the Little School’s Teamwork Trivia Night was a great fundraising event. There were about 225 people at the 25 tables and all were focused on winning those gold medals, bragging rights and a “little” cash. Previous winners wore the medals from previous victories – very intimidating.

The silent auction and raffles really pumped up the school’s total bank. The two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea was a defining question. The parents and teachers brought a slideshow of school activities while figuring out ‘who sang ‘Aint That A Shame’, Julie Robert’s brief marriage to a singer and how many planets are left , since Pluto got the boot!

The committee had a prize for the most ‘dressed-up- table. ‘Occupy Boston’s’ clothes line was great but, ‘E=Mc2’ was tops in the Dress Code!

Shawsheen Valley HS – Trivia Success… again

Shawsheen Valley HS PAC. For the second year in a row, the Shawsheen PAC held a Teamwork Trivia Night and invited the five surrounding communities. The attendance (parents+teachers) was doubled from last year! Funds were raised to help pay for the 2012 All Night Graduation Party. This H.S. safety program has been a big success for the senior students. The double points for using a one-time sticker on their answer sheet, help put “Closest to the Bar” in the winner’s circle. The Shawsheen crew was well-versed on “the Bard or the Bible”, “People’s 50 Most Beautiful” and who sang ‘Only Girl In The World’. 11-4-11

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Matt Meinholz

Matt Meinholz, a Wisconsin 17-year old son and brother to six fun siblings. A football player, a St.Louis Rams’s fan, a senior at Middleton HS. A cancer fighter. By just finishing 30 proton-beam treatments in 30 days, there was not leave a lot of time to see the October sights around Boston but the Meinholz family did their best, as usual. In a brief visit, I found a fun teenager, head held high, and supportive and grateful family at his side.

The family could see the Head of the Charles Regatta from their hotel window. Matt got to see the USS Constitution in the Boston Harbor, not just his textbook. Matt’s dad pointed out that the whole family got a real-life history lesson here in the Bay State. The walking tour thru Boston’s Italian North End was part of Matt’s recovery. Putting on a positive 10 pounds by this month’s end is a step in the right direction for this teenager.

Although, I did my best, Matt is a Rams fan. Not even his father could get him to rout for Green Bay, so the Patriots were out of the question (maybe Red Sox, in the AL because his Brewers are in the NL). This ESPN-savvy teenager knows his sports inside and out. Bret Farve, Desmond Howard, ’96 Super Bowl GB vs Pats, that 6th round Michigan alum – Tom Brady, ’01 Super Bowl (his) STL Rams vs Pats and ’11 Brewers play-offs. Matt is versed in all these areas. Tail-gating and grilling brauts at Wisconsin Badgers games were missed this year, due to this Boston trip. Matt is, however, going back to Wisconsin with a Boston accent, an unexpected gift.

The extraordinary Mass. General Hospital is the only place that offered this modern therapy, extraordinary everyday at the Mass General. The “big” assist from Double Tree Guest Suites that welcomed this big Wisconsin family when they needed it most, is a big part of their story. Thanks to big-hearted Theresa Johnson for stepping up for this family in need.

Matt and his family are going back to Wisconsin Friday. Matt has more chemo-therapy in 2012 already scheduled in Wisconsin. Matt has high hopes for the Rams, Brewers and Badgers next year and a positive attitude looking ahead. Everyone (Boston and Wisconsin) has the same for Matt.

R.E.M. Breaks Up ……………………………………………. It’s the end of their world, as we know it…

R.E.M. breaks up. One of my favorites. Electric then acoustic and back. A rock band during one song and folk-rockers the next. A critics, ‘Rolling Stone’, college, MTv, and record store favorite. Crazy lyrics or serious? At R.E.M.’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame induction, Eddie Vedder says back-up singing of Mike Mills was their secret weapon. Try “Mummur”, “Automatic”, “OutOfTime” and “In Time+Epony”. (1981-2011 R.E.M.)
-Incredible version of “One” Live with U2 (Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton), see YouTube.
-Their national debut on “David Letterman” 1983, “Radio Free Europe”, see YouTube.
-Unforgettable MTv Video – “Losing My Religion”

Reunion at Wellesley College

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Courtney & Jon’s wedding, The Coonamessett Inn, Falmouth MA (4/16/11).

“I heard about Ed through a friend who had been to two weddings that he did and absolutely loved him. She tried to get him for her own wedding, but he was already booked. I highly recommend working with Ed.

He was extremely knowledgeable, not just about music, but about the entire wedding process. His questions during our first meeting really got us to think about things we hadn’t even considered.

Ed provided the music for our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. He really weaved together all of the different types of music seamlessly. I had so many comments from friends and family how perfect the dinner music was in style and in volume. And the dance floor stayed packed for the rest of the night after dinner – a sure sign of a great DJ.

I asked Ed to play some songs that would work for all age groups
and he nailed it.
Plus, he was perfect with name announcements,
I’ve seen this go wrong at so many weddings,
but, Ed was clear and perfect on timing.

I would recommend him to anyone I know (especially for an event I was going to attend!).”

– Courtney & Jon

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British Trivia

See answers below.

Q1-What is the main stone in Kate Middleton’s engagement ring?

Q2-Name Prince William’s only brother

Q3-Name (first name) the husband of Queen Elizabeth II

Q4-What was Princess Diana’s last name as a commoner?

Q5-Name the London landmark that is as famous for funerals and burials, as well as, weddings and coronations.

Q6-Where did Kate’s engagement ring come from?

Q7-With Princess Diana and Prince Charles in attendance, the Wembley Stadium-half of 1985’s Live Aid festival, featured what band performing “Radio Gaga” which many say is the greatest concert performance in rock history.

Q8-What word has been deleted from the traditional weding vows, in Kate and William’s nuptials.

Q9-According to Billboard magazine, name the top British solo artist (not a band) of the rock era (which is since 1958).

Q10-Legend has it, that in 1858, the 6-foot,4-inch, Sir Benjamin Hall was at the right place at the right time. As a city commissoner, he brought together the needs of the artist and the needs of the architect to what famous London landmark that bears his name.

Q11-Ms. Kate Middleton’s complete first name is…?

Q12-On the Royal wedding invitation, what time does the ceremony begin(London time) ?
-What time does it happen in Boston (EST)

Q13-Name the second longest river in the UK. It flows through the center of London.

Q14-True or False: The letters KG after Prince William’s name mean that, he is a knight of the “Order of the Garter”.

Q15-Name the most famous grass tennis court in the world.

Q16-The “Titanic” was built in Belfast, Ireland but it’s port of registry is what British city?

Q17-The coronation of a new king or queen of England is bestowed upon the person while sitting on a modest chair built in he 1300’s. It is called the Coronation Chair. What was the first name of the king who started that tradition? Henry? William? Edward?

Q18-Name any 3 of the 7 largest cities in England, by population.

Q19-Name the British king that “lost” the American colonies in a revolutionary war in the 1770’s?

**** British Trivia provided by: TEAMWORK (Host: Mr. Ed Mullen)****

Q20-An image of Queen Victoria appears on what collector’s item from 1840? It is called “One Penny Black” .

Q21-Name the British rock band that named 2 of its albums after Marx Brothers movies.
“A Night at The Opera” and “A Day At The Races”.

Q22-Name the Elton John original song that became the biggest-selling single of all-time.

Q23-In London, the Houses of Parliament are somewhat like our Senate and Represenitives.
Name one of the two “houses of ? ”
The first ‘house’ represents influential nobility and the other ‘house’ members are voted in by the people.

Q24-Europe’s tallest ferris wheel is located in London. It was tallest in the world when it opened at the Millennium celebration. It is already ranked third tallest at this time. What is it called?

Q25-Name the London landmark that honors Admiral Nelson with a huge column and four large lions and a squadron of pigeons.

Q26-Name the second longest river in the UK. It flows through the center of London.

Q27-The “Changing Of The Guard” occurs in front of what London landmark?

Q28-Name the auditorium that the Beatles mention in the song, “A Day In The Life”

Q29-If you live in Liverpool, you are a “… ? ..”
(a Bostonian from Boston, etc)

Q30-From 1831 to 1967, “London Bridge” spanned the Thames River, it was purchased and dismantled for relocation to what US state where it rests today.

Q31-Early in their career, the Beatles championed a style of beat music named after a Liverpool river. Name that river. Later, Gerry & the Pacemakers honored it with their biggest record.

Q32-In death, what do these historical figures have in common?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Charles Darwin
Sir Issac Newton
Charles Dickens
Edmund Hillary (Mt Everest)
Edmund Halley (Halley’s comet)

Q33-The normal capacity at Westminster Abbey is 2000 people but, the living are out-numbered by the dead who lay buried in the Abbey. True or False?

Q34-On August 31st, 1997 the Paris car accident that killed Princess Diana, had 3 other occupants.
Describe or name them. Of the four, there was one survivor.
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A2-Prince Henry of Wales, a.k.a. Prince Harry
A3-Prince Phillip
A5-Westminster Abbey
A6-It was given by Prince Charles to Princess Diana for their engagement. After Diana’s death, her son, Henry selected it as a keepsake. He gave it to his brother, William for his engagement to Kate.
A8-In the sentence, “… love, honor and obey”. The word: “Obey” has been deleted.
A9-Elton John
A10-Big Ben
A12-time of 11:00:00 AM. Five hours earlier in Boston .6:00 AM
A13-Thames River.

A19-King George the 3rd
A20-The world’s first postage stamp.
A22-“Candle In The Wind” -original 1973, live w/ orchestra 1986 and the tribute 1997
A23-House of Lords and the House of Commons
A24-The London “Eye”. (1893 – George Ferris, Chicago’s World Fair)
A25-Trafalgar Square
A26-Thames River.
A27-Buckingham Palace, FYI: This daily morning ceremony takes about 45 minutes.
A28-Royal “Albert Hall”
A30-Lake Havasu City in Arizona. Oil-man Robert McCullough purchased it. Many believe he thought he was purchasing the more recognizable and elaborate Tower Bridge.
A31-Mersey River. FYI: “Ferry Cross the Mersey”
A32-Buried in Westminster Abbey
A33-The deceased do have the majority. There are 3300 buried in Westmistster Abbey. Note: there were about 8000 people squeezed into the Abbey for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.
A34- The 1997 accident.
Princess Diana, killed.
Driver, Henri Paul, killed.
Dodi Fayed, killed.
Fayed ‘s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.
British Trivia April 2011 Teamwork