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Trivia Question and Answer Sets 1
101 Great Rock and Roll Trivia Questions
and their answers


  • Who, in 1928, had the first hit with the boogie beat?
    Clarence 'Pinetop' Smith
  • Who had the best selling pop instrumental of 1962?
    Booker T and The MGs with Green Onions
  • When was the first 33 1/3 rpm LP album released?
    June 1948
  • Who was the vocalist for 'The Yardbirds' in 1958?
    Keith Rolf
  • Who was the drummer with the Doors?
    John Densmore
  • 1972, who produced Lou Reed's solo album 'Transformer?
    David Bowie
  • In which year did the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein die?
    (August 27) 1967
  • Which clasically trained keyboard player joined Jim Morrison to form 'the Doors'?
    Ray Manzarek
  • Called up before the local draft board in 1966, which singer insisted he was gay to escape the draft?
    Iggy Pop
  • How did Duane Allman die in 1971
    A motorcycle accident
  • Whose version of 'House of the Rising Sun' topped the charts in1964?
    The Animals
  • What was Bob Dylan's real name?
    Robert Zimmerman
  • Between 1963 and 1966 which writer - producer team score 28 records in the pop top 20 including 12 number one hits?
    Holland - Dozier - Holland
  • Which year was considered American pop charts' Year of the Woman?
    1962
  • In which year was Chubby Checker's Twist released?
    1960
  • What was the name of the skiffle band consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison?
    The Quarrymen
  • What was Elvis Presley's first record?
    That's Alright (Mama)/Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • What was the name of Bill Haley's band?
    The Comets
  • In 1953, who wrote Hound Dog for Big Mama Thornton?
    Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller
  • What was John Lee Hooker's first R&B hit?
    Boogie Chillen
  • Who's number 1 album in 1987 was The Joshua Tree?
    U2
  • Who was Pearl Jam's lead singer?
    Eddie Vedder
  • Who was the Sex Pistols's drummer?
    Paul Cook
  • In which band were Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan before the Heartbreakers?
    The New York Dolls
  • Which singer/drummer ofPhilidelphia International doubled as frontman for the Tramps?
    Earl Young
  • What was Stevie Wonder previously known as?
    "Little" Stevie
  • Who was the organist for the Doors?
    Ray Manzurek
  • At whose free concert in 1969 did a Hell's Angel, acting as a security guard, stab a man to death?
    The Rolling Stones
  • In which year was the first Woodstock festival held?
    1969
  • Who was the singer with early Led Zeppelin?
    Robert Plant
  • In which year did the Beatles release Rubber Soul?
    1965
  • What is the first hit song more than 5 minutes long?
    Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone
  • For Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, who switched from guitar to organ?
    Al Koope
  • In which year was the Beatles' 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' released?
    (June) 1967
  • From whom did George Harrison learn sitar?
    Ravi Shankar
  • What was Iggy Pop's real name?
    James Osterberg
  • In which year did MTV begin broadcasting 24 X 7 pop music videos?
    1981
  • Which year is generally regarded as 'the year of punk'?
    1977
  • Who was the patron and manager of Velvet Underground in 1965?
    Andy Warhol
  • At a concert in Miami in 1969, who was arrested for exposing himself?
    Jim Morrison of the Doors
  • In which year did Jimmy Hendricks die?
    1970 at 27 years old
  • In which year did Cream disband?
    1968
  • In 1964 who joined the r&b band 'Them' as a vocalist?
    Van Morrison
  • What was Otis Redding's first, and only, number one pop hit?
    Dock of the Bay
  • How did the King of Soul, Sam Cook, die in 1964?
    He was shot in a motel
  • What was William 'Smokey' Robinson's group called?
    The Miracles
  • Which two black-owned record labels debut in 1959?
    Sam Cooke's STAR and Berry Gordy's MOTOWN
  • In which year did the Beach Boys go "Surfin' "?
    1961
  • Phil Spector sang on American Bandstand in 1958 with which group?
    The Teddy Bears
  • Which movie in 1955 shot Rock Around the Clock to the top of the pop charts?
    The Black Board Jungle
  • What was the name of Hank Ballard's band?
    The Midnighters
  • In 1953, what was the first white rock and roll hit?
    Bill Haley's 'Crazy Man Crazy'
  • Who was the bandleader, songwriter and producer behind Fats Domino's hits?
    Dave Bartholomew
  • Who introduced rocking black rythm to country and western with 'Hillbilly Boogie' in 1945?
    The Delmore Brothers
  • After Metalica, which band did Dave Mustain start?
    Megadeth
  • Who was the guitarist with the Heartbreakers?
    Walter Lure
  • Under what name did Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell and Billy Ficca record their demos?
    The Neon Boys
  • What was Sly Stone's group called?
    The Family Stone
  • What was George Clinton of P-Funk also known as?
    Dr. Funkenstein
  • In its formal debut in 1965, who was Velvet Underground's drummer?
    Maureen Tucker
  • In which year did the Beatles found Apple Records?
    1968
  • Who was the lead vocalist in the Box Tops' hit, The Letter?
    Alex Chilton
  • For which group did Tony Lommi play heavy metal guitar?
    Black Sabbath
  • In 1956 who sang I Got You Babe?
    Sonny and Cher
  • On Simon and Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence, who replaced the folk backing with electric guitar, bass and drums while they were away?
    Tom Wilson
  • In 1966, whose song When a Man Loves a Woman was a number 1 pop hit?
    Percy Sledge
  • In 1987, what was the fastest selling debut album in CBS Record's history?
    Licensed To Ill by the Beastie Boys
  • Which group had the first rap hit, 'Rapper's Delight'?
    The Sugar Hill Gang
  • In 1976, who's debut single was 'Anarchy in the U.K.?
    The Sex Pistols
  • Who formed the record label Philadelphia International in 1971?
    Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
  • What was Sly Stone's real name?
    Sylvester Stewart
  • In 1963 Lou Reid graduated from Syracuse University as what?
    An English Major
  • Who had the Proto-Punk anthem 'I wanna be your dog'?
    The Stooges
  • What was the name of Little Richard's road band?
    The Upsetters
  • What was the first American hit by a British r&b group, The Animals?
    House of the Rising Sun
  • What was Bob Dylan's band, The Band, originally called?
    The Hawks
  • In which year did the Byrds record Mr Tamborine Man?
    1965
  • Which Memphis recording company was known as Soulsville?
    Stax Records
  • Which Otis Redding song was Stax Records' first single?
    These Arms of Mine
  • What was Motown's first million seller?
    Shop Around by Smokey Robinson
  • When did the Beatles first appear at Liverpools Cavern Club?
    1961
  • On what date did Buddy Holly die?
    February 3, 1959
  • What was the first record played on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in 1957?
    Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Which recording company purchased Elvis Presley's recording contract and Sun master recordings for $35,000 in 1955?
    RCA Victor
  • What was the name of the blues singer Roy Brown's band?
    The Mighty, Mighty Men
  • What is Fats Domino's first name?
    Antoine
  • In which year did RCA introduce the 45 rpm single?
    1949
  • What is Madonna's full name?
    Madonna Louise Ciccone
  • Who's first hit was Rappers Delight?
    The Sugar Hill Gang
  • What was the brand of Patti Smith's electric Guitar?
    Rickenbacker
  • Who were Pere Ubu's founders?
    Peter Laughner and David Thomas
  • In the fifties, who was the guitarist with The Falcons?
    Lance Finnie
  • Who was known as the 'acid mastermind' behind Pink Floyd?
    Syd Barrett
  • What is regarded as the first psycedelic rock hit?
    Eight Miles High by The Byrds
  • What was Etta James also known as?
    Peaches
  • Who was the lead vocalist with The Animals?
    Eric Burdon
  • In 1962 who was the sixth Stone, a pianist, with The Rolling Stones?
    Ian Stewart
  • Which record label released the first Beatles record in the US?
    Vee Jay Records
  • Who played keyboard with the Funk Brothers?
    Joe Hunter
  • Who had the 1963 hit Anyone Who Had a Heart?
    Dionne Warwick
  • Who had the hit Yakety Yak?
    The Coasters

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