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‘The Fife Is Right’ tests your Boston music chops

Think you know a lot about Boston music? On Wednesday, April 2, at Old South Meeting House, two panels of experts will test their knowledge at “The Fife is Right” — and the questions will go way beyond ’Til Tuesday and The Cars. Below, you can test your own chops with a sampling of quiz questions you won't hear at the big event.
  • Known as “the hardest working man in show business," who is the performer whose show at the Boston Garden is credited with preventing riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968?

    “The Godfather of Soul.” The popular performer was scheduled to play a highly anticipated concert at the Boston Garden on April 5, 1968, before 15,000 people. On April 4 civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and riots broke out in cities across the nation. Boston Mayor Kevin White decided to allow the James Brown concert to go on as scheduled and enlisted Boston’s public TV station WGBH to broadcast it live so people could watch from their homes. Residents complied and watched as James Brown gave one of his best performances. There were no riots in Boston that night.
  • A beautiful 650 seat concert hall rests two stories below street level in downtown Boston. Once the toast of the town, it has been closed since 1942. Where is this concert hall?

    Located directly under M.Steinert & Sons piano store on Boylston Street, Steinert Hall is an underground theater built in 1896. It was closed in 1942 due to new building codes made in the wake of Boston’s Cocoanut Grove fire, the deadliest nightclub fire in history, which killed 492 people and injured many more.
  • Who wrote the lyrics to the Christmas Carol “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”? Hint – he became one of the most popular preachers in Boston history.

    Phillip Brooks (1835-93), the enormously popular Episcopalian minister of Trinity Church. When Brooks preached, everyone listened but this wasn’t always easy – Brooks spoke so rapidly that contemporaries timed him and estimated that he delivered 213 words per minute at full speed!
  • Founded in Boston by Lawrence Berk in 1945, Schillinger House was the first school in the United States to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. What is this institution called today?

    Berklee College of Music. The school’s first honorary doctorate went to legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington in 1971.

Quiz questions supplied by Emily Curran, Executive Director of Old South Meeting House; Credit: Michael Andor Brodeur/Globe Staff

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