Final Jeopardy: Recording History
The Final Jeopardy question (12/23/2016) in the category “Recording History” was:
Guinness recognizes his 1902 version of Leoncavallo’s “Vesti La Giubba” as the 1st million-selling record.
2x champ Sam Scovill has pocketed $38,802 over the last 2 games. It’s his third game and his opponents today are: Vinnie Chiappini, from Providence, RI; and Molly Thacker, from Arlington, VA.
Round 1 Categories: Power Awards – Places That Became Words – Beastly State Symbols – Cockles & Muscles – NFL Cheerleading Squads – It’s Over
Sam found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “NFL Cheerleading Squads” under the $400 clue on the 2nd pick of the round. He was the only one with anything — $200. He bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.
The Gold Rush. show
Sam finished in the lead with $5,000. Vinnie was second with $4,200 and Molly was last with $2,000.
Round 2 Categories: Glory to God – In the Highest – Piece – On Earth – Good Will – Toward “Men”
Sam found the first Daily Double in “Good Will” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick. He was in the lead with $5,800 at this point, $1,200 more than Vinnie in second place. He bet $800 but did not take a guess so he was WRONG.
This man enjoyed good Will Shakespeare & his actors so much, he made them grooms of the King’s chamber. show
Vinnie found the last Daily Double in “On Earth” under the $800 clue, with 13 clues remaining after it. In the lead with $9,800, he had $400 more than Sam in second place. He bet $1,000 and he was RIGHT.
In 1896 the mountain now called Denali was named for this man, 5 years before his death. show
Vinnie finished in the lead with $13,200. Sam was next with $11,800 and Molly was in third place with $2,800.
Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.
WHO IS ENRICO CARUSO?
Caruso’s “Vesti La Giubba” is No. 10 on Don’t Stay Up Too Late’s list of 50 Records That Matter, 1900-1919: “Opera is thought of as the music of the generations before Tin Pan Alley, but at the turn of the century it was easily the most popular, successful, and profitable form of music, pop music in the strictest financial sense. This recording was by some reckonings the first million-seller in all of recorded music, the first genuine pop smash, a glimpse of the biggest star in the world at the height of his powers. The song itself, a showcase from Leoncavello’s one-act 1892 verismo opera Pagliacci, is the turning point in the play, in which the titular clown, though broken-hearted, forces himself to go on capering for the crowd….”
Here is the link to the Guinness World Records page, naming “Vesti La Giubba” the very first million selling recording.
Molly wrote down Edison. She lost her $1,000 bet and finished with $1,800.
Sam got it right. He bet $5,599 so that brought him up to $17,399.
Vinnie wrote down Bell. He lost $10,401 bet, landing in second place with $2,799. So Sam won the match and his 3-day total is $56,201.
Best wishes from Fikkle Fame to everyone celebrating this weekend. May your holidays be filled with joy and love.
A triple stumper from each round
COCKLES & MUSCLES ($600) In rhyme, features of her garden included cockleshells & pretty maids all in a row
GOOD WILL ($2000) Written around 1589, this history “Part One” is generally agreed to be Shakespeare’s first play
2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “African Flags”
The flag of Burundi has stars representing the Twa & these 2 other ethnic groups much in the news in the 1990s. show