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The Musicians of the 1960s Quiz
by Staff
The 1960s was a time of peace, love and rock 'n' roll. But it also spawned soul, saw the rise of R&B and witnessed the British Invasion. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the musicians of that turbulent decade.

The Beatles dominated the '60s, with two songs on Billboard's Top 20 in the decade. What were they?

  • "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Hey Jude"
  • "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday"
  • "Twist and Shout" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

Elvis was just hitting his stride as the decade changed, with two songs from 1960 on Billboard's Top 20. Who was his backup band on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" and "It's Now or Never," along with many of his other hits?

  • The Pips
  • The Jordanaires
  • The Temptations

Ray Charles received his first Grammy in 1960 for this tune that later became the official song of his home state.

  • "Stars Fell on Alabama"
  • "Georgia on My Mind"
  • "North Carolina Is My Home"

The Rolling Stones landed on Billboard's Top 20 with this song about wayward women in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • "Honky Tonk Women"
  • "Brown Sugar"
  • "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

In mid-1964 this girl group took off when "Where Did Our Love Go" went to No. 1.

  • The Ronettes
  • Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
  • The Supremes

This song, which spawned a dance craze, was the No. 1 song of the '60s according to Billboard.

  • "The Twist"
  • "Twist and Shout"
  • "Monster Mash"

Before finding success as a singer in his own right, this performer was a session drummer for Motown legends Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and The Marvelettes.

  • Otis Redding
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Aretha Franklin

This group had a Saturday morning TV show and several No. 1 hits, including "Sugar, Sugar," one of the biggest hits of the 1960s. They never toured. Who were they?

  • The Monkees
  • The Archies
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks

The Beatles debut album was recorded in 1963 and clearly marked the band as ready for prime time. What album spawned hits including "Twist and Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

  • "Meet the Beatles"
  • "Please Please Me"
  • "With the Beatles"

It seems like a lot of singers went down in airplane crashes, including this one whose only No. 1 record, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," was recorded four days before his death on Dec. 10, 1967.

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jim Morrison
  • Otis Redding

Another Saturday morning group also hit the big time in the 1960s with a song that made Billboard's Top 20 for the decade, "I'm a Believer." What was the group's name?

  • The Byrds
  • The Archies
  • The Monkees

Louis Armstrong made Billboard's Top 20 of the decade with this song that he later sang in the Barbra Streisand movie of the same name.

  • "Hello, Dolly!"
  • "A Star Is Born"
  • "Funny Girl"

This woman found the "Respect" she was looking for with the release of her 1967 album, "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You."

  • Nancy Wilson
  • Diana Ross
  • Aretha Franklin

This daughter of singing royalty will forever be associated with go-go boots, thanks to her hit 1966 song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."

  • Nancy Sinatra
  • Lisa Marie Presley
  • Rosanne Cash

Robert Allen Zimmerman began his career in the 1960s writing and singing about social issues, including war and civil rights. What's his more famous pseudonym?

  • Neil Young
  • Pete Seeger
  • Bob Dylan

In 1966 this duo had three singles in the Top 30. It was the payoff of a partnership that had been in the works since the two were in sixth grade and discovered they could harmonize together.

  • Boyce and Hart
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Ike and Tina Turner

Creedence Clearwater Revival released a hit song in 1969 with some of the most misquoted lyrics in rock history. What song is it?

  • "Fortunate Son"
  • "Bad Moon Rising"
  • "Up Around the Bend"

Before either he or The Beatles it big in the U.S., this man opened for the band on its tour of England and performed 14 encores his first night. Who was this unlikeliest of sex symbols?

  • Johnny Cash
  • Neil Diamond
  • Roy Orbison

This woman squeezed a lot of life into 27 years, wowing critics and audiences at Woodstock and the Monterrey Pop Festival of 1967 with her raw, gutsy vocals.

  • Janis Joplin
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Brenda Lee

The Man in Black famously recorded an album at a prison in California, leading many fans to believe he'd actually been incarcerated there. What was the album?

  • "Prison Break Blues"
  • "State Prison Blues"
  • "At Folsom Prison"

This group, with its charismatic and unpredictable lead singer, defined acid rock with hits like "Light My Fire" and "Break On Through (to the Other Side)."

  • Herman's Hermits
  • Grateful Dead
  • The Doors

This Georgia group scored Motown hits in the '60s, including a cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Friendship Train."

  • The Supremes
  • The Temptations
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips

In 1966 he had his first hit with "Solitary Man." He also wrote the song The Monkees took to No. 1, "I'm a Believer."

  • Neil Sedaka
  • Neil Diamond
  • Paul Anka

James Brown's perfectionism and hard work may have brought him out of poverty, but his ability to write and perform songs like "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" gained him this nickname.

  • the Godfather of Soul
  • the Duke of Funk
  • the King of R&B

This band of brothers and cousins from California was The Beatles most serious competition for most influential pop group of the 1960s.

  • The Beach Boys
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Monkees

This one-hit wonder knocked The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" out of Billboard's No. 1 spot in summer 1967 with this Southern gothic tale of love gone wrong.

  • Janis Joplin and "Me and Bobby McGee"
  • Dusty Springfield and "The Look of Love"
  • Bobbie Gentry and "Ode to Billie Joe"

Ok, it's our last question about rockers who burned out early. This groundbreaking guitar player blew audiences away with his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Woodstock in 1969.

  • Eric Clapton
  • Neil Young
  • Jimi Hendrix

Called the "best ever pop singer" by Rolling Stone magazine, this British singer hit the charts in the '60s with "Son of a Preacher Man" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."

  • Neil Diamond
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Paul Anka

Yet another '60s sensation with roots in Georgia, this singer's biggest hit was "I'm Sorry" in 1960.

  • Petula Clark
  • Sandra Dee
  • Brenda Lee

This woman's first hit was "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," but her biggest hit, "Stand By Your Man," seemed to advise women to do anything to avoid that fate. Who was she?

  • Tammy Wynette
  • Patsy Cline
  • Loretta Lynn