'National Album Day' - 12th October

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

The theme for this week's 'CST Friendship Group' was 'Music', as October 12th is 'World Music Day'. You could also use this CST activities page for 'World Music Day' on October 12th.

We started the discussion with some open ended questions about members' connections with music.

Can anyone play an instrument?

What are members' favourite albums? (Have them bring some albums to the session if possible.)

What are members' favourite singles?

What was the first single members ever brought?

What are members' favourite artists?



We then asked members to complete the following phrases ...

Music makes the world GO ROUND Like a broken RECORD Blow your own TRUMPET Music to my EARS Face the MUSIC Play it by EAR As fit as a FIDDLE Hit the right NOTE It takes two to TANGO And all that JAZZ March to the beat of your own DRUM Swan SONG Strike a CHORD Sing a different TUNE Going for a SONG Play it by EAR As clean as a WHISTLE Clear as a BELL Tickle the IVORIES Make a song and DANCE about something Drum up SUPPORT Sing from the same HYMN SHEET


ROUND 1. Music Players

1. What is the BBC Radio 4 show called that has celebrities pick their eight favourite tracks to take with them if they were castaway?

Who is the host now?

What are the two books Castaways are given to take with them?

Do members have a luxury item that they would take top their Desert Island to make life more bearable?

2. At what speed did a single play at before the 1960s?

What speed do they play at now?

What was an old fashioned record player called?

3. What speed do LPs play at?

True or False. 'Spillers Records' in Cardiff is the oldest record shop in the world?

4. Are albums still released on cassette tape?

Does anyone still have a cassette player?

Did anyone used to tape the Top 40 to listen to throughout the week?

Or make a 'mixed tape' for their boyfriend or girlfriend?

5. What year was the last video cassette recorder made in Japan?

Does anyone still have one?

What two types of tapes and players could you get?

6. Complete the name of one of the first radio receivers - 'The Cat's *******'?

7. What has (or will eventually) replaced analogue radio?

8. SONG. 'Video Killed The Radio Star', The Buggles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8r-tXRLazs

Which offshore radio station was broadcast from a ship?


9. Name the DJ? He had a Saturday morning 'Junior Choice' programme.

10, Name the DJ? He had a moving 'Our Song' segment on his afternoon show.

11, Name the DJ? He went on to have a very successful Saturday morning children's show called 'The Multi-Coloured Swap Shop'.

12. Name these presenters of Channel 4's 'The Tube'?

Who was later revealed to be her father?

13. Name the DJ? He went on to have a very successful TV comedy sketch show, which was all done "in the best possible taste!".

14. Name the DJ? He went on to host a very successful TV chat show. He also hosted 'Children In Need' and 'The Eurovision Song Contest'.

15. Name this DJ? His catchphrase was "What's the recipe today Jim?"

15, Name this DJ? He launched Radio 1 with the following song ...

16. SONG. 'Flowers In The Rain', The Move - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQOc_hgpyPE

What year did 'Top Of The Pops' launch?

ROUND 3. Record Breakers

17. What did 'H.M.V.' stand for (launched in 1901 it was one of the first record labels)?

What was the name of the dog?

18. What record label did the Beatles release records under?

This album is the best selling (original) album ever in the UK, surpassed only by 'Greatest Hits' albums from 'Queen' and 'Abba'.

19. This album launched which record label?

Who still leads the company, which is now involved in railways, air transport and space travel?

Which 1973 horror film was it used as the theme for?

20. This album had the longest ever run in the 'US Billboard Charts' - 942 weeks. What is it?

21. Kate Bush was the first female artist to have a self written album at number 1 in the UK. She also broke a record for first self written number one song for which number one single (her debut)?

22. What is 'Meatloaf's' real name?

This was was the third best selling album ever, in the world!

23. Winner of 'Album of the Year' at the 1978 'Grammy Awards', this album sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time (number 8).

Which two members was the band named after?

24. With 66m sales worldwide, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is the best selling album ever.

Name as many tracks off it as you can.

25. SONG. 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Queen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBspSJWRT2E

'Bohemian Rhapsody' was the lead single from this album by 'Queen'. It was the third best selling single ever in the UK. Which two songs beat it (one was a Christmas single, the other was sang at someone's funeral)?

What was Freddie Mercury's real name?

26. SONG. 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', Elton John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ3Bb4UsXhUn

Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

What was his real name?

27. 'Saturday Night Fever' is the second biggest selling soundtrack album of all time. Which 1992 album beat it to the top title?

ROUND 4. Songs About Songs

28. SONG. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', Simon & Garfunkel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ8zfRJfUuc

Arguably one of the best songs of all time ('Grammy' winner 1971), complete these titles of their other songs:

- 'The Sound Of *******'

- 'Scarborough ****'

- 'Homeward *****'

- 'Mrs ********'

- 'I Am A ****'

- 'The *****'

29. 'I Write The Songs', Barry Manilow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZllUwKudHU

True or False. Barry Manilow wrote this song?

What do Barry Manilow fans call themselves?

30. 'Music Was My First Love', John Miles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egwARrX1ik8

Who is the patron saint of music? (To help, the name was also a 'Simon & Garfunkel' single.)

31. 'Legend' was Bob Marley's only UK number 1 album. The album contains all ten of Bob Marley's Top 40 hit singles in the UK up to the time, including 'One Love/People Get Ready', 'No Woman No Cry' and 'Is This Love'.

Here is 'Three Little Birds' ("Don't worry 'bout a thing." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LanCLS_hIo4

What religion was Bob Marley?

32. Stevie Wonder has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has won 25 'Grammy Awards', making him the Grammy's most awarded solo artist of all time.

Name either of his number 1 UK hit singles (one was a duet)?

What is his real name?


* Their are fewer questions to allow for this *

33. SONG. 'Thank You For The Music', ABBA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dcbw4IEY5w&list=PLnvqq08W3b1cGSBx6JG8vbR3hJU-Bj-Aw&index=4&t=0s&app=desktop

Which song launched 'ABBA' internationally, after it won at the 1974 'Eurovision Song Contest'?

Name the members of 'ABBA' - the name of the group is made up from their initials?


John Lennon would have been 80 this week (born 9th October 1940, died 8th December 1980). Play one of his songs to finish.

Who shot him and where?

'In My Life' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqpysaAo4BQ

'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naoknj1ebqI

'All You Need Is Love' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7xMfIp-irg

'Across The Universe' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90M60PzmxEE

'Strawberry Fields Forever' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtUH9z_Oey8&list=PLcI2iFQKaRysjV5d4SffyJKJqNkW9ogkP&index=9

'Imagine' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOgFZfRVaww


We have a facilitator and a client who both can play guitar; one electric, one acoustic. So we printed music sheets out for a few Beatles songs and 'jammed' for a while.

Other members took their choice of musical instrument from the 'music box' (which includes tambourines, shakers, triangle, xylophone, hand drum etc) and played along.

Of course, we all had song lyric sheets so we could sing-along, but due to the choice of music most members knew all the words anyways.

It was a lovely free music session, with everyone contributing something and much laughter at the odd 'bum note' or disintegrating ending.

A round of applause at the end of each song added to the overall 'live' feel of the performance.

1. 'Desert Island Discs'

Lauren Laverne

'The Bible' & 'The Complete Works Of Shakespeare'

2. 78 rpm

45 rpm


3. 33 rpm

True. It opened in 1894

4. Yes, but in massively reduced quantities, accounting for just 0.2% in 2019

5. 22nd July 2016

VHS & Betamax

6. 'Cat's Whiskers'

7. D.A.B. 'Digital Audio Broadcasting'

8. 'Radio Caroline', founded in 1964

9. Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart

10. Simon Bates

11. Noel Edmonds

12. Paula Wilcox & Jools Holland

Hughie Greene

13. Kenny Everett

14. Terry Wogan

15. Jimmy Young

15. Tony Blackburn

16. 1st January 1964

17. 'His Master's Voice'


18. 'Apple'

19. 'Virgin'

Richard Branson

'The Exorcist'

20. 'Dark Side Of The Moon', Pink Floyd

21. 'Wuthering Heights'

22. Marvin Lee Aday

23. Mick Fleetwood & John McVie

24. 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin''

'Baby Be Mine'

'The Girl Is Mine'


'Beat It'

'Billie Jean'

'Human Nature'

'Pretty Young Thing'

'The Lady In My Life'

25. 'Candle In The Wind' & 'Do They Know It's Christmas'

Farrokh Bulsara

26. Reg Dwight

27. 'The Bodyguard'

28. - 'The Sound Of SILENCE'

- 'Scarborough FAIR'

- 'Homeward BOUND'


- 'I Am A ROCK'

- 'The BOXER'

29. False. It was written by Bruce Johnston, best known as a member of 'The Beach Boys'

30. Saint Cecilia

31. Rastafarian

32. 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' & 'Ebony And Ivory'

Stevland Hardaway Morris

32. 'Waterloo'

Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad

33. Mark Chapman

Outside 'The Dakota Building', New York

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