If I had to guess, I suspect most people are familiar with – or at least have passing knowledge of – the song, “I Fought The Law.” But how many people actually know who originally sang it? It wasn’t the Bobby Fuller Four; they’re known for popularizing the song. It also wasn’t the Clash, who covered the song later on. It also wasn’t Buddy Holly, although a friend of mine thought it was for awhile after he downloaded an mp3 that identified the artist as such (thus endeth Buddy Holly misconception week). The answer to this little bit of trivia is Sonny Curtis, who actually took the place of Buddy Holly in The Crickets after Holly’s death.
While I’m mentioning mislabeled mp3s, I have to mention the poor, unfortunate bar owner/trivia host at the place we used to go for trivia. After he dumped the old trivia providers and started coming up with his own material, the quality went into severe decline. Options on the multiple choice answer sheet included “Ronald Dahl,” “Lars Ulricht,” “A.A. Miline” and “Amanda Huginciss.” Worst of all, he would play the songs for the music round off his iPod. Leaving aside his generally terrible taste in music, he apparently had acquired his mp3 files from a questionable source as well. After playing an uninspired cover of “The Boys of Summer,” performed by some band that nobody seemed to know (it wasn’t The Ataris), the host proudly read out the answers and identified the artist as Don Henley. The entire bar booed, complained and heckled. I don’t think the host knew why. He was a moron.