Who were the first Europeans in the New World? Who were the first Europeans to visit Mexico, Cuba, and Florida; to establish a permanent settlement in the United States; and to settle in California? The Spanish, that's who, not the English. (Ever heard of Ponce de Leon and St. Augustine, Florida?) These are the descendants of those Second Americans, all of whom have contributed to the musical life of this hemisphere.
(By the way, if you're looking for Tavares, "Bossa Nova Baby," Laudir de Oliveira, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, or the Girl from Ipanema, they're of Portuguese and/or Brazilian descent and don't really belong in this quiz. Great music, though.)
1. This female singer of Mexican descent has recorded albums in rock, country, classical, pop standards, classical, and Mexican music.
2. "Uno, dos, one two tres quatro" begins what hit by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs?"
3. His 1975 country-pop hit "Before The Next Teardrop Falls" was sung partly in Spanish. Who is he?
4. Which female percussionist worked with Prince and had her own hit with "The Glamorous Life?"
5. In what country was Gloria Estefan born?
6. Which pop singer had hits with "What A Girl Wants," "Genie In A Bottle," and "Beautiful?"
7. This East L.A. band, whose name means "The Wolves," did the music for the movie "La Bamba."
8. This singer, killed in the same crash with Buddy Holly, was the basis for the movie "La Bamba."
9. Once again, who is Felipe Rose and what is he doing in this week's quiz?
10. Their hits included "The Cisco Kid," "Low Rider," and "Why Can't We Be Friends."
11. Their only hit (but oh, what a great one) was "Suavecito," in 1972.
12. Who shed "96 Tears" in 1966?
13. His trademarks: superb guitar playing, spiritualism, percussion, and constantly changing lead singers, including Rob Thomas and Michelle Branch lately. Who is he?
14. This Puerto Rican American singer-actress' hit songs include "Waiting for Tonight," "All I Have" and "I'm Glad."
15. This Puerto-Rican born singer-actor's hit songs include "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Shake Your Bon-Bon."
16. German singer Lou Bega's 1999 hit "Mambo #5" was based on a hit by what Cuban bandleader of the '50s?
17. He's half of a comedy duo that hit the charts with "Basketball Jones" and "Earache My Eye. He also owns the largest private collection of Mexican American art in the United States. Who is he, man?
Bonus: Which legendary timbales player was mentioned in the script of the movie "Stripes?"