Stump the Booey by the Numbers: 15 Years Worth of Stats

A look back at Gary Dell'Abate's past performances in the Stern Show's musical showdown

June 5, 2017
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

For 15 years, Gary Dell’Abate has been putting his mastery of music trivia on the line competing against worthy challengers in a “Name That Tune” style game we call Stump the Booey. Heading into Tuesday’s competition, which Gary says will be his last, check out all of the stats from his previous matchups, including the first song Gary was ever asked to identify, the first song he got wrong, and his overall record after 33 head-to-head contests.

Check out Stump the Booey by the Numbers (below):

  • Gary has been playing Stump the Booey for 15 years. The first game was on Nov. 6, 2002.
  • Gary has played Stump the Booey 33 times. His record is 22 wins, 10 losses, and 1 tie.
  • Gary has gotten 155 total correct answers out of 193 songs, including songs used in extra rounds outside of an official matchup. That means he’s answered 80 percent of the questions correctly.
  • The first song ever played was “Mexican Radio” by Wall of Voodoo (Gary got it right).
  • The first song Gary ever got wrong was in the fourth game. The song was “Iko Iko” by the Belle Stars.
  • Gary lost his first Stump the Booey the eighth time he played on Jan. 24, 2003.
  • Before Tuesday, the last time Gary won Stump the Booey was Jan. 21, 2009. He lost the next two games after that.

In 33 games, here are all the songs Gary has missed:

  1. “Iko Iko” by the Belle Stars
  2. “Games People Play” by Alan Parsons Project
  3. “Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins
  4. “Never Knew Love Like This” Before by Stephanie Mills
  5. “Photograph” by Def Leppard
  6. “No One Is to Blame” by Howard Jones
  7. “Who’s Holding Donna Now” by El DeBarge
  8. “The Curly Shuffle” by Jump ‘N the Saddle Band
  9. “Loverboy” by Billy Ocean
  10. “Invisible Sun” by the Police
  11. “Turn up the Radio” by Autograph
  12. “Modern Day Cowboy” by Tesla
  13. “Gemini Dream” by Moody Blues
  14. “Tell Me What You Want” by Zebra
  15. “Girlschool” by Britny Fox
  16. “Eyes of a Stranger” by Queensryche
  17. “It’s a Mistake” by Men at Work
  18. “Just Between You and Me” by April Wine
  19. “Soldier of Love” by Donny Osmond
  20. “We’re Ready” by Boston
  21. “Talk Dirty to Me” by Poison
  22. “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac
  23. “Carrie” by Europe
  24. “Hold on to the Nights” by Richard Marx
  25. “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)” by the Icicle Works
  26. “Born to Be My Baby” by Bon Jovi
  27. “Hell Is for Children” by Pat Benatar
  28. “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode
  29. “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)” by Simply Red
  30. “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” by Cinderella
  31. “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar
  32. “New World Man” by Rush
  33. “When I’m With You” by Sheriff
  34. “I’ve Been in Love Before” by Cutting Crew
  35. “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” by Pet Shop Boys
  36. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake
  37. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
  38. “When the Heart Rules the Mind” by GTR
  39. “Doctor! Doctor!” by Thompson Twins
  40. “I Can’t Hold Back” by Survivor
  41. “Space Age Love Song” by A Flock of Seagulls