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quizballs 51 - free baby boomer music quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes

Question 19 was amended from 'Bill Haley's ... what' to 'Bill Haley and his ... what' - thanks A Cooper - 12 Apr 2008.
Question 55 was amended to 'Canadian-born' from 'American' (he later became naturalised American) - thanks B Cork - 29 Jul 2008. Question 38 - the answer was clarified to explain that technically the speeds were 33⅓ and 16⅔ but record turntables tended to show only the whole numbers - thanks K Crowhurst - 26 Aug 2009. Question 51 - was simplified to avoid reference to the current status of Herman's Hermits, which apparently has been subject to legal dispute - thanks E Nicholson - 30 Sep 2009.


  1. The live album Beauty and the Beat featured pianist George Shearring and which singer? Peggy Lee
  2. Whose band was the Tijuana Brass? Herb Alpert
  3. Who were Cliff Richard's backing group through the 60s? The Shadows
  4. Who were the famous backing singers on most of Elvis Presley's early hits? The Jordanaires
  5. The Stratocaster is a model of which guitar maker? Fender
  6. Which piano-playing singer's first hit was The Fat Man? Fats Domino
  7. Which American rock'n'roll star caused controversy when he married a young teenager? Jerry Lee Lewis
  8. Who made the highly rated 1959 jazz album Kind of Blue? Miles Davis
  9. Which iconic British female singer made the highly regarded album titled '(her first name) in Memphis' ? Dusty Springfield
  10. Whose band was the All Stars? Junior Walker (Jr Walker)
  11. Larry Adler played what instrument? Harmonica
  12. Whose childhood hit was Fingertips? Stevie Wonder
  13. Which guitar innovator and player has a range of Gibson Guitars named after him? Les Paul
  14. The founding brother members of the Kinks were Ray and Dave what? Davies
  15. What was Smokey Robinson's most famous band called? The Miracles
  16. Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen's 1962 hit was called March of the ... what? Siamese Children
  17. Who sang the hit theme song Rawhide? Frankie Laine
  18. John Mayall's band which helped launch Eric Clapton's career was called what? Bluesbreakers
  19. Rock Around the Clock was a hit for Bill Haley and his ... what? Comets
  20. Which comedy actor had a novelty hit with My Boomerang Won't Come Back? Charlie Drake
  21. Who sang with Serge Gainsbourg on the hit Je t'aime? Jane Birkin
  22. Colin Blunstone fronted which 1960s group? The Zombies
  23. What Eastenders star sang on the novelty hit Come Outside? Wendy Richard
  24. Jiles Perry (JP) Richardson Jr, who died in the same plane crash as Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly was better known by what name? Big Bopper
  25. Which later-to-be-famous solo singer and guitarist toured as a member of the Beach Boys in the mid 60s? Glen Campbell
  26. Who had sang the hit song Little Old Wine Drinker Me? Dean Martin
  27. What famous 'two-fingered' jazz guitarist died in 1953? Django Reinhardt (Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt)
  28. What song, released to promote the film The Millionairess, featured its stars Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren? Goodness Gracious Me
  29. Who managed the Beatles' prior to his early death in 1967? Brian Epstein
  30. Whose nickname was a derived from the term satchel-mouth? Louis Armstrong (Satchmo)
  31. What's the name of the motorbiker who dies in the Shangri-Las' hit The Leader of the Pack? Jimmy
  32. Which singing-songwriting founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers died age 26, after which his body was 'stolen' by a friend and burnt in the Joshua Tree National Park? Gram Parsons
  33. Which American singer and entertainer was nicknamed Schnozzola, because of his large nose? Jimmy Durante
  34. Who wrote and had a hit with the instrumental Classical Gas? Mason Williams
  35. Who wrote Patsy Cline's hit Crazy? Willie Nelson
  36. What city hosted the Beatles as the resident band at the Kaiserkeller and Top Ten Club? Hamburg
  37. The Isley Brothers' hit was called Behind a ... what? Painted Smile
  38. 1950-60s record turntables commonly offered four speeds: 33, 45, 78, and what other? 16 (technically the speeds were 33⅓ and 16⅔ but record decks tended to show only the whole numbers)
  39. American DJ Robert Weston Smith was better known by what stage name? Wolfman Jack
  40. What ridiculously titled song was a hit in 1954 for Max Bygraves in the UK and the Four Lads in the USA? Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen by the Sea
  41. Who had the 1965 instrumental hit Spanish Flea? Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
  42. What was Emile Ford and the Checkmates' 1959 hit, supposedly the longest ever question in a UK No1 song title? What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?
  43. Who singer-guitarist's backing band was The Bruvvers? Joe Brown
  44. Which Rolling Stones guitarist died in a swimming pool in 1969? Brian Jones
  45. Who founded the Tamla Motown record label? Berry Gordy
  46. What folksy British singer-songwriting guitarist was famous also for his whistling? Roger Whittaker
  47. What was Hugo Montenegro's instrumental hit, composed by Ennio Morricone for the film of the same name? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  48. Tom Parker managed which huge star? Elvis Presley
  49. Who won (barefoot) the British Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Puppet on String? Sandie Shaw
  50. The 1956 inaugural Eurovision Song Contest featured Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy and which other country? Switzerland
  51. Who originally fronted Herman's Hermits? Peter Noone
  52. Which jazz singer, whose career actually spanned the 1930s-90s, was known as the First Lady of Song? Ella Fitzgerald
  53. Which singer played Alfie's girlfriend Siddie in the 1966 film? Millicent Martin
  54. What name was given to the 1950-60s mainstream country music style of artists including Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Jim Reeves, and Charlie Rich? Nashville Sound
  55. What Canadian-born teen idol of the 1950s-60s wrote the lyrics to Sinatra's song My Way? Paul Anka
  56. Which harmonica-paying frontman of Manfred Man sang on their early hits and later became a successful radio presenter? Paul Jones
  57. Which motor city was the original the base of Tamla Motown? Detroit
  58. What group became famous in the 1960s for their parody impressions of other hit songs? The Barron Knights
  59. Peter Potter in the USA and David Jacobs in the UK presented which pop music TV show? Juke Box Jury
  60. What was the 1962 space-age instrumental hit by the Tornados? Telstar
  61. Who wrote and sang the novelty hit Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, about Camp Granada? Allan Sherman
  62. Who was the famous rock guitarist in the group Love Sculpture, notably featuring on their breakneck hit version of Khachaturian's classical piece Sabre Dance? Dave Edmunds
  63. Rolf Harris endorsed what new musical instrument, which supposedly features on David Bowie's hit Space Oddity? Stylophone
  64. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Junior were among several entertainers given what collective nickname? The Rat Pack
  65. Who originated the 'Wall of Sound' record production technique? Phil Spector
  66. The Rolling Stones first record label was what? Decca
  67. Simon and Garfunkel's song Mrs Robinson featured in what 1967 film? The Graduate
  68. What American DJ was nicknamed Moondog? Alan Freed
  69. What was Stephane Grappelli's instrument? Violin
  70. Which gravel-voiced English singer was previously a gas-fitter from Sheffield? Joe Cocker
  71. Who made the 1962 hit Monster Mash? Bobby 'Boris' Pickett (and the Cryptkickers)
  72. Who sang the title song of the film The Girl Can't Help It? Little Richard
  73. What was Gary Glitter's earlier stage name in the 1960s? Paul Raven
  74. Lulu sang the theme song to which 1967 film about an inner-city school, starring Sidney Poitier? To Sir, With Love
  75. What Eddie Cochran song, covered by the Who, told of frustrations with his boss and his congressman? Summertime Blues
  76. Who was the main singing star in the musical Half a Sixpence? Tommy Steele
  77. Which comedian's recordings featured hilarious telephone routines about King Kong and the introduction of Tobacco? Bob Newhart
  78. What long-running BBC Radio chart show began on the Light Programme in 1955, and later becoming hugely popular when presented by Alan Freeman? Pick of the Pops
  79. The Crickets backed which famous singer-songwriter? Buddy Holly
  80. Dizzy Gillespie played what instrument? Trumpet
  81. Who made the novelty song Jake the Peg? Rolf Harris
  82. Which 1960s British rock'n'roll star founded the Official Monster Raving Loony Party? Screaming Lord Sutch (David Sutch, or fully 'Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow')
  83. Who was nicknamed 'The Big O'? Roy Orbison
  84. Which member of the Hollies went on to join the hugely successful American band commonly known by their initials CSNY? Graham Nash
  85. What record label did the Beatles establish? Apple
  86. Who had a 1960s hit with Step Inside Love? Cilla Black
  87. The record label and music company name HMV stood for what? His Master's Voice
  88. Who sang the theme song to the film Born Free? Matt Monro
  89. Congratulations was Cliff Richard's Eurovision Song Contest entry in what year? 1968
  90. Which singer's Eurovision Song Contest entry was Knock Knock (Who's There?)? Mary Hopkin
  91. Whose big hit was I love You Because? Jim Reeves
  92. Who wrote the instrumental A Swingin' Safari and led the orchestra which played the original hit version? Bert Kaempfert
  93. The Copacabana nightclub was in which city? New York
  94. Which British comedian had the massive-selling 1965 hit Tears? Ken Dodd
  95. Who sang the 1964 hit My Boy Lollipop? Millie (or Millie Small)
  96. Cher's partner was Sonny ... who? Bono
  97. Who made the hit comedy version of the Banana Boat Song, and other similar spoofs including versions of Presley's Heartbreak Hotel and Johnnie Ray's Cry? Stan Freberg
  98. Which 1960s easy-listening Irish crooner was famed for his rocking chair and knitted jumpers? Val Doonican
  99. What was Chuck Berry's first hit record? Maybellene
  100. What number gives its name to the cultish 'club' celebrating rock stars who died at that age? 27 (The 27 Club)


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