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Recorded in 1952, "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" was a US Number 1 hit for which singer?
a. Vera Lynn
b. Rosemary Clooney
c. Patti Page
d. Kay Starr
Vera Lynn - Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart is a cover version of German composer Eberhard Storch's 'Auf wiedersehen, auf wiedersehen'.
"I Can Dream, Can't I" was at Number 1 hit for 4 weeks in 1950. Name the artist.
a. The Michaels Sisters
b. The Davids Sisters
c. The Daniels Sisters
d. The Andrews Sisters
The Andrews Sisters - Tommy Dorsey originally released the song in 1938.
Carlos Wilson and Edward Bowers were members of which American doo-wop vocal group?
a. The Dominoes
b. The Platters
c. The Cadillacs
d. The Clovers
The Clovers - The Clovers formed in 1946 and are probably best known for their 1959 hit 'Love Potion No. 9'.
One of the pioneers of rock and roll music, Chuck Berry is most known for playing which instrument?
Guitar - Chuck spent three years in prison for transporting a 14-year-old girl across US state lines.
Mercury Record's first successful female artist, Clara Ann Fowler is the real name of which of these 1950s stars?
a. June Valli
b. Peggy Lee
c. Patti Page
d. Doris Day
Patti Page - Patti's signature song was 'Tennessee Waltz'.
Complete the title of this major 1950s hit for the Every Brothers - "Wake Up Little…"?
Susie - Wake Up Little Susie was released on September 2, 1957.
"Good Night Irene" was a 1950 Number 1 hit for Gordon Jenkins and….?
a. The Dolls
b. The Spinners
c. The Weavers
d. The Jets
The Weavers - Originally recorded by Lead Belly in 1938, Gordon Jenkins and the Weaver's version was released in 1950.
How old was Sam Cooke when he was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin in Los Angeles, California?
33 - Released in 1956, Sam's first single was 'Lovable'.
Best known for her two number one hits, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz," Katherine Laverne Starks was the real name of which 1950s singer?
a. Peggy Lee
b. Patti Page
c. Kay Starr
d. Rosemary Clooney
Kay Starr - Billie Holiday said Starr was 'the only white woman who could sing the blues.'
"Only You (And You Alone)" was the debut hit for which American vocal group?
a. The Cadillacs
b. The Clovers
c. The Dominoes
d. The Platters
The Platters - The Platters had 4 number one Billboard hits.
Known for his trademark dark sunglasses, "The Big O" was the nickname given to which star?
a. Bobby Darin
b. Huey Smith
c. Roy Orbison
d. Ritchie Valens
Roy Orbison - Roy Orbison died at the age of 52 on December 6, 1988.
Tony Bennett had a 1951 Number 1 hit with the song "Cold, Cold…."?
Heart - Cold, Cold Heart was written by Hank Williams
What was Elvis Presley's last Number 1 hit song of the 1950s?
a. Wooden Heart
b. It's Now or Never
c. A Big Hunk o' Love
d. Stuck on You
A Big Hunk o' Love - A Big Hunk o' Love was released on June 23, 1959.
What year saw Bill Haley storm the charts with "Rock Around the Clock"?
1954 - Rock Around the Clock was a number one single on both the US and UK charts.
Which of the following artists starred in the 1950s TV show, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"?
a. Ricky Nelson
b. Bobby Darin
c. Johnny Otis
d. Hank Ballad
Ricky Nelson - Rick Nelson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.
Which of these acts was first to have a Number 1 on the US Billboard Chart in the 1950s?
a. Gene Autry
b. Patti Page
c. Nat King Cole
d. Red Foley
Gene Autry - His hit was 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'.
Which popular doo-wop group had hits in the 1950s with "Star Dust" and "Have Mercy Baby"?
a. The Clovers
b. The Cadillacs
c. The Platters
d. The Dominoes
The Dominoes - The Dominoes had a number one US hit with 'Sixty-Minute Man' in 1951.
Ranked number 69 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, who was often billed as "Mr. Excitement"?
a. Jackie Wilson
b. Little Willie John
c. Frankie Lymon
d. Chuck Willis
Jackie Wilson - Wilson recorded over 50 hit singles during his musical career.
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