GAME OF THE MONTH
Each Month, I will try to highlight
a particularly neat game, and provide as many photos, and as much info, as I can.
It's pretty difficult to maintain a website when life keeps threatening to intervene,
but if you keep checking back here, I think you'll find some interesting games every
once in a while...
BENNY GOODMAN SWINGS INTO A GAME OF MUSICAL INFORMATION
BENNY GOODMAN SWINGS INTO A GAME OF MUSICAL INFORMATION... Yes, that's actually
the title of this super cool game from the 1940's. Made by Toy Creations, the game
included a large (7" x 7") Xylophone, and had lots of questions and answers
about... you guessed it... Music.
Sample questions included: Who composed the New World Symphony (Anton Dvorak)
or had you "Untwist" song titles, like: "I am sorry but the apartment
occupied by the lady is now vacant"... (untwists as: Annie Doesn't Live Here
Any More). The 40 questions also included Musical Notes (and numbers) for the player
to strike on the Xylophone, and the players had to guess the song from the notes
or "chorus" ("Just a song at twilight, when the lights are low, And
the flick'ring shadows, softly come and go" is the chorus of Love's Old Sweet
The game included 40 questions on two sets of Orange and Tan cards, a small pad
of score sheets, directions, the Xylophone and wooden striker, and one other item
missing from my copy, which appears to be a booklet of hints or something. As with
many games of this time, one person doesn't really get to play. A player is selected
to be "The Music Professor", and the other players are "Students".
"The Professor calls the Students to order, and announces that they are to
be tested on their musical knowledge". It's interesting to note that as the
Professor calls on each student, they must "Obediently step forward" and
select a card from either stack. Take about harsh rules for a game. The Professor
reads or plays 6 questions to each student, and the player with the highest "test
results" wins. The game came with a card advertising other Toy Creations games,
such as UNCLE JIM'S QUESTION BEE, KATE SMITH'S OWN GAME AMERICA, KLIX, and THE FASCINATING
GAME OF HANDS.
Benny Goodman, who played the Clarinet, and was a leading figure of the "Swing"
era, has virtually nothing to do with the game, other than his picture appearing
on the cover. There are slight variations in the two copies I have examined, but
not enough to cause a change in price. Games with Xylophones do appear (noteable
examples are DOUGH RE MI by Lowell 1960, and THE MONKEES by Transogram 1967), but
this is an early example, and quite a gem.
Although the game is definitely dated (I could only answer a few questions, but
then again I'm not 80 years old), the graphics are superb, and the components are
of the highest quality. It's a very rare game, and well worth adding to your collection,
if you can find it. Value: $150 - $250
For further information, or to order, contact me through my "Questions?"
link, or E-Mail me at Desis2@Juno.com
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