Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- What singer-songwriter sang about a woman who, “came down from Cincinnati, it took her three days on a train; looking for some peace and quiet, hoped to see the sun again. But now she lives down by the ocean, she’s taking care to look for sharks…” Bonus points for providing the name of the song!
- What was the name of the University of Cincinnati head basketball coach from 1989 to 2005 who garnered a reputation for wrangling players who may not have always been on the right side of the law?
- Which legendary funk bassist attended Sawyer Junior High School in Cincinnati, but left school to tour with James Brown at age 17?
And here are the answers:
- Jimmy Buffet’s 1979 tune “Fins” is always a highpoint at his Cincinnati shows. The song refers to the behavior of “land-sharks,” male suitors at local tropical bars that aggressively pursue “the only bait in town.” The musical icon has a special relationship with the Queen City; the term “Parrothead” originated during a 1995 concert at Timberwolf Amphitheater, when Buffet saw multitudes of concert-goers wearing parrot shirts and hats and officially dubbed these super-fans “Parrotheads.”
- Bob Huggins, now the head coach at West Virginia, did some amazing things during his time at Cincinnati, and some things that perhaps might not be at the top of his resume. Huggins went 399-127 in 16 seasons at Cincinnati, rebuilding it into a nationally prominent program after years in disarray. His teams made 14 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and reached the Final Four in 1992. He also oversaw a program where players found legal trouble and only 28% graduated. He was given the nickname “Thuggins” and was eventually forced out by the university’s president, mostly due to a DUI arrest and embarrassing police video. Huggins got his groove back at West Virginia, the college where he had played and assistant coached as a younger man.
- William Earl “Bootsy” Collins is a true pioneer in the world of funk and R&B. As a solo performer and as a member of Parliament/Funkadelic, he was responsible for incredible tunes like “Flash Light,” “Give up the Funk” and “Stretchin’ Out (In a Rubber Band).” His immense talent and over-the-top presence as a live performer are ever-present; his sequined space-suits, star-shaped sunglasses and custom-made “Space Bass” create a look and sound like no other. He still records and tours today, when not working with younger stars like Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fatboy Slim.
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