Congrats to Brian P., Brian J. and Pete C. for winning the "Classic R&B" Ultimate Grammy Collection CDs in the trivia contest! I have sent you all e-mails instructing you on claiming your prizes. For those who want to know the answers to the quiz, here's what I had (corrections are welcome):
Q1 - artist subject of another song: The Commodores' "Night Shift" was primarily about Marvin Gaye, and Jackie Wilson, who had also died recently, is given a verse.
Q2 - artist author of another song: Otis Redding wrote "Respect," and Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire was the co-author of "Best of My Love" by the Emotions.
Q3 - cover versions: Aretha covered Otis' "Respect"; Ike & Tina Turner covered Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary"; The Undisputed Truth had the first release of The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" - I'll concede that this answer could be a subject of debate, considering Motown's practice of recording the same song on multiple artists; and "Midnight Train to Georgia" was Gladys Knight & The Pips' cover of a Cissy Houston record.
Q4 - Stax artists: Sam & Dave (Stax), Otis Redding (Volt), The Emotions (Volt) and Earth, Wind & Fire (an early version of the group were the musicians on Melvin Peebles' soundtrack to Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which was released on Stax).
Q5 - Motown artists: The Isley Brothers (Tamla), Temptations (Gordy), Gladys Knight & The Pips (Soul), Marvin Gaye (Tamla) and the Commodores (Motown)
TIEBREAKER - Link between Otis Redding and "Ain't No Sunshine" and "This Will Be": What I had in mind for the former (and all of the winners got it) was that Booker T. Jones (from "Booker T. & The M.G.'s," Stax's '60s rhythm section, who backed Otis on his records) produced "Ain't No Sunshine"; in the latter case, what I had in mind was that "This Will Be" was co-written by Chuck Jackson (not to be confused with the singer), who worked with Jerry Butler (via Butler's songwriter's workshop of the early '70s), who co-wrote "I've Been Loving You Too Long" with Otis Redding. Two of the winners made mention a link to Aretha Franklin in the latter case, which I had not thought of when I wrote the question. Good job guys!
Congratulations again to our winners!