1950s Music Trivia Quiz III1950s Music Trivia Questions
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What 1950s singer and film star's birth name was "Alfred Arnold Cocozza"?
a. Mario Lanza
b. Nat King Cole
c. Frank Sinatra
d. Perry Como
Mario Lanza - Lanza was the first RCA Victor Red Seal artist to win a gold disc with 2.5 million albums sold.
Bertha Franklin shot and killed this 1950s star at the Hacienda Motel in 1964.
a. Sam Cooke
b. Carl Perkins
c. Bo Diddley
d. Gene Vincent
Sam Cooke - Cooke sustained one heart-piercing gunshot wound to the chest.
American blues and rock and roll singer Chuck Willis was known as "The King of..."?
a. The Hill
Stroll - Chuck's biggest hits were 'C. C. Rider' and 'What Am I Living For'.
Can you complete the name of this well-known 1950s act - "Gene Vincent and his Blue..."?
Caps - Vincent has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Complete the title of this 1958 hit song for Eddie Cochran - "Summertime..."?
Blues - Released in 1958, Summertime Blues was written by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart.
"Blue Suede Shoes", "Boppin' the Blues" and "Your True Love" were hits for which American singer-songwriter?
a. Elvis Presley
b. Jerry Lee Lewis
c. Carl Perkins
d. Johnny Cash
Carl Perkins - Paul McCartney once stated that 'if there was no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles'.
Finish the title of this popular Everly Brother's 1958 hit song - "All I have To Do is..."?
Dream - Featuring Chet Atkins on guitar, The Everly Brothers recorded the song live in just two takes.
"Lois Harris" and "Jackie Landry Jackson" were members of which 1950s African-American girl group?
a. The Shirelles
b. The Chiffons
c. The Crystals
d. The Chantels
The Chantels - The Chantels were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.
Known by the nickname, The Killer, "Jerry Lee Lewis" primarily played what instrument?
Piano - Lewis has twelve gold records, both rock and country genres.
"The Great Pretender", "Only You" and "My Prayer" were world-wide hits for which American vocal group?
a. The Drifters
b. The Flamingos
c. The Platters
d. The Coasters
The Platters - The Platters had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
One of the 1950s greatest stars, what is Elvis Presley's middle name?
Aaron - Elvis holds the record for most songs charting in Billboard's top 40 at 114.
A huge hit for Bill Haley and his Comets, who originally recorded and released "Shake, Rattle and Roll" in 1954?
a. Big Joe Turner
b. Howlin' Wolf
c. Fats Domino
d. T-Bone Walker
Big Joe Turner - Big Joe Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987
Terese Brewer's signature song was a huge number-one hit in 1950. Can you name it?
a. Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!
b. Sing! Sing! Sing!
c. Music! Music! Music!
d. Dance! Dance! Dance!
Music! Music! Music! - The song earned Brewer the nickname 'Miss Music'.
What nickname was given to, the American singer of pop and country music, "Patti Page"?
a. The Singing Rage
b. The Musical Rage
c. The Loving Rage
d. The Screaming Rage
The Singing Rage - Patti's birth name was Clara Ann Fowler.
Which of the following artists will forever be associated with the development of the electric guitar?
a. Les Paul
b. Chet Atkins
c. Keith Richards
d. Jimmy Page
Les Paul - Les Paul recorded with his wife Mary Ford during the 1950s.
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