Our 49th and 50th states are home to extreme weather, beautiful scenery, fascinating wildlife, interesting native cultures, and, in the case of the 50th state, a Presidential Birthplace!!! This week, celebrate the Fourth of July by answering these questions about the music of Alaska and Hawaii.
1. Born in Hawaii, her biggest hit was "If I Can't Have You" from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
2. "This is the moment I've waited for, I can hear my heart singing, soon bells will be ringing" is the opening line to what song?
3. This singer, raised in Homer, Alaska, had her biggest album with Pieces of You in 1995.
4. Israel Kamakawiwo?ole is known for playing this small guitar-like instrument associated with Hawaii.
5. Frank Zappa warned us not to do this in a bizarre song set in Alaska.
6. This Hawaiian-born singer had a hit in 2011 with "The Lazy Song."
7. Queen Lili'uoakalani, the last Queen of Hawaii, wrote many songs, but she's best known for this Hawaiian standard.
8. "Tiny Bubbles" was this Hawaiian's theme song.
9. He starred in both Blue Hawaii and Paradise, Hawaiian Style, and also filmed a live concert from Hawaii in 1973.
10. According to Bing Crosby, what is "Hawaii's way to say Merry Christmas to you?"
11. This 1960 Johnny Horton hit was the theme from a comic Western movie starring John Wayne and Fabian.
12. Liz Damon's Orient Express, from Hawaii, had one hit on the pop charts in 1970 - what was it?
13. This Hawaiian singer and Bobby Brown had a Number One hit in 1990 with "She Ain't Worth It."
14. Though she got her start in New York City, this "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" singer was born and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii.
15. "Arctic Magic Flute," first staged in 2007, sets the opera in Alaska. Who wrote the original opera?
16. The Ventures recorded the theme to this TV show and had a hit with it in 1969.
17. What Hawaiian location was mentioned in the lyrics to the Beach Boys' "Surfin' USA?"
Bonus: What are the four words associated with the tuning notes for the strings of the ukulele?