1950s Music Trivia Quiz II1950s Music Trivia Questions
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Loannis Alexandres Veliotes was the birth name of which 1950s act?
a. Bo Diddley
b. Sam Cooke
c. Hank Ballad
d. Johnny Otis
Johnny Otis - Johnny is commonly referred to as the 'Godfather of Rhythm and Blues'.
Covered by many different artists since its release in 1956, "I Put a Spell on You" was written by whom?
a. Jay Hawkins
b. Otis Williams
c. Duane Eddy
d. Jack Scott
Jay Hawkins - Unfortunately, Hawkins' original version did not make any charts.
Complete the title of this 1952 number one song for Kay Starr - "Wheel of ..."?
Fortune - The song was used as the theme to the TV series Wheel of Fortune.
"Cry Cry Cry" was the first single released by which of the following artists?
a. Jerry Lee Lewis
b. Eddie Cochran
c. Billy Ward
d. Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash - Released in 1955, Cry Cry Cry entered the charts at #14.
Covered by many artists, what 1957 hit song opens with the lyric - "I'm so young and you're so old. This, my darling, I've been told"?
b. You Send Me
c. That'll Be the Day
d. Wake Up Little Susie
Diana - Diana was written and originally recorded by Paul Anka.
Herb Reed and Zola Taylor were members of which 1950s band?
a. The Dominoes
b. The Clovers
c. The Platters
d. The Cadillacs
The Platters - The Platters had 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1967. Four reached number one.
Leroy Anderson produced most of his 1950s work with an orchestra located in which city?
b. New York
Boston - Leroy Anderson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Pop Star Bobby Darin won a Golden Globe for his role in which 1961 romantic comedy film?
a. Come June
b. Come December
c. Come May
d. Come September
Come September - The film also starred Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida and Sandra Dee.
Sam Cooke is often referred to as the King of...?
c. The Blue
Soul - Sam was fatally shot in December of 1964 at the age of 33.
Their final effort, "That'll Be the Day" was a 1958 album and song by which well-known artist?
a. Bill Haley
b. Bobby Darin
c. Buddy Holly
d. Little Richard
Buddy Holly - That'll Be the Day was Holly's third and final studio album.
The song "Come Go with Me" was the first major hit for which band?
a. The Belmonts
b. The Cadillacs
c. The Del Vikings
d. The Clowns
The Del Vikings - Come Go with Me sold over one million copies.
What is the correct title of a hit that was recorded by Larry Williams in 1958?
a. Lizzy is Dizzy
b. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
c. Miss Lizzy Dizzy
d. Fizzy Miss Lizzy
Dizzy Miss Lizzy - The song was covered by the Beatles on their 1965 Help! album.
What was Frank Sinatra's middle name?
Albert - Selling more than 150 million records worldwide, Sinatra is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Which female singer had hits in the 1950s with "Botch a Me" and "This Ole House"?
a. Rosemary Clooney
b. Peggy Lee
c. Dolly Parton
d. Patti Page
Rosemary Clooney - Rosemary recorded until her death in 2002.
Which singer released the album "The Italian Voice of..." in the 1950s?
a. Al Martino
b. Mario Lanza
c. Tony Bennet
d. Les Paul
Al Martino - Al was active from 1948 until his death in 2009.
Who hit number one in 1950 with the song "Teardrops From My Eyes"?
a. Big Mama Thornton
b. Dolly Parton
c. Ruth Brown
d. Patti Page
Ruth Brown - Teardrops From My Eyes was Ruth's first of five number-one hits.
With the number one hits "C. C. Rider" and "What Am I Living For," who was known as "The King of Stroll"?
a. Johnny Ace
b. Ricky Nelson
c. Johnny Otis
d. Chuck Willis
Chuck Willis - Active from 1950 to 1958, Willis died during surgery at the young age of 30.
"Yakety Yak" was a major hit in the 1950s for which group?
a. The Dominoes
b. The Coasters
c. The Platters
d. The Drifters
The Coasters - Released in 1958, Yakety Yak spent seven weeks at number one on the rhythm and blues chart.
Which 1950s song opens with the lyric - "Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans, way back up in the woods among the evergreens"?
a. Johnny B. Goode
b. Mystery Train
c. Summertime Blues
d. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
Johnny B. Goode - Johnny B. Goode was released on March 31st, 1958.
Antoine is the first name of which American pianist, singer-songwriter?
a. Fats Domino
b. Little Richard
c. Chuck Berry
d. Ray Charles
Fats Domino - Still active today (2015), Fats got his start in 1947.
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