The results are in! Winners of GRIN’s 10th Anniversary Competition announced!

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition to celebrate GRIN’s 10th anniversary on 30th April 2022.

Because the GRIN office normally has music playing throughout the day, we challenged subscribers and followers to name the following 5 popular musicians/bands.


In the website article announcing the competition, we said that the first person to name all 5 artists correctly would receive a free 24-month subscription to the monthly GRIN Grants Database updates and daily GRIN Grant Bulletin worth £100. Because of the high number of entrants, we also decided to draw a winner from applicants that correctly named the 5 artists by the deadline of Tuesday 31st May, so in fact there are two winners!

The first winner, who correctly named all 5 bands/musicians shortly after the competition opened, was Livia Kestenbaum of London-based charity Stop the Traffik.

The second winner, drawn at random on Sunday 5th June was Hillary Jones.

Congratulations to both winners and commiserations to everyone that entered but didn’t win. Everyone got at least 3 of the artists right, and most got either 4 or 5 correct, which was very impressive. Here’s a quick summary of how well entrants did, together with a YouTube Music link to one of our most liked tracks for each artist.

1.  The Beatles.

Everyone got this right! Here’s a YouTube link to one of our favourite Beatles recordings.

2. The Byrds

Almost all entrants named this influential mid 60’s American band correctly. Other really good guesses were the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones and the Lovin’ Spoonful. Our favoured Byrds track is “My Back Pages“.

3.  Johnny Cash

Again, almost everyone got Johnny Cash, except for two people who thought it was Billy Bragg. “I Walk the Line” is our chosen Johnny Cash song.

It was the final two images that proved the most challenging.

4. Creedence Clearwater Revival

This iconic late 60’s band from San Francisco tripped quite a few people up. Pink Floyd was a popular guess, as was Traffic. One person thought it was Simon and Garfunkel, which was quite wide of the mark. Our favourite Creedence song, which has grown in stature over the years, is ‘Fortunate Son’.

5. Jackie Wilson

Lots of people thought this was Nat ‘King’ Cole, which was a great guess. We received a couple of Brook Benton’s and a Little Richard, but none had the 4-octave vocal range of Wilson, as his version of the standard ‘Danny Boy’ demonstrates.

Thanks again to everyone who entered the competition.