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What happened to the Bar-Kays?



1. What was the biggest break the band Elephant’s Memory ever had?

2. Who were the Bar-Kays, and whatever happened to them?

3. Which jazz great recorded the “Blue Train” album, and when?

4. Name the singer who had a stint with the circus.

5. Name the song that contains these lyrics: “I’ll just use you then I’ll set you free.”


1. They snagged the gig as backup for Lennon and Ono on the “Some Time In New York City” album in 1972 under the name Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band.

2. The Bar-Kays started as studio musicians in Memphis, at one time backing Otis Redding. In 1967, on the way to a gig, their plane crashed in Wisconsin. Six of them died, including Redding.

3. John Coltrane, in 1957. The shortest track on the five-song album was seven minutes. A 2003 re-release added two bonus tracks.

4. Stacey Q., best known for her 1986 hit “Two of Hearts.” She spent two years with Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus as a showgirl and then an elephant rider.

5. “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” by Mac Davis, 1972. Some people objected to the song’s sexist story: “I’m not ready for no family ties, … don’t start clinging to me.”

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