I'm a fan of oldies music, and fancy myself as being above-average with oldies trivia. I like to 'play along' with the trivia questions on the radio, but rarely try to win the prizes. However, before work this morning, I decided to take a chance with a question on Oldies 107.5.
It was a two-part question, based on several seconds of audio of an early 1970s song.
I immediately recognized the song as "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." No problem there.
Question 1: For what product was this song adapted in a TV commercial?
That was easy: Coca-Cola.
Question 2: What group performed the song?
I thought I knew the answer. Not confident, but confident enough to phone DJ Dick McGrane. I was the fourth and final caller he would take this morning. (Same question tomorrow, by the way.)
I answered the easy half of the question: Coke.
Now, for the clincher, and the chance to win a ballcap: The name of the group?
Mustering all the confidence I could exude -- it was for broadcast, after all -- I replied: "The Treetop Singers."
"Sorry," Dick replied. "Good answer, though." Small consolation.
Wrong? Licking my wounds, I went to Google and found that my answer was close, but no Coca-Cola: "Hilltop Singers."
Of course! The Coke commercial showed the singers positioned on a hilltop, not in a tree! (Later, The New Seekers recorded the song.)
Anyway, if you are in need of fame and a ballcap, phone 107.5 around 7 a.m. tomorrow and reply Hilltop Singers. I won't be calling; I'll still be in mourning over my embarrassing defeat.